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What Can The 2018 World Cup Teach The Eurovision Song Contest
France wins the FIFA World Cup 2018 (CC Kremlin.ru)

As Les Bleus take home the FIFA World Cup trophy, the ESC Insight team has been watching the last month of spectacle with various levels of engagement, from Ellie Chalkley’s daily podcasts to Ewan Spence scheduling time in the gym when the matches are on. But what can the Football teach the Song Contest?

Sing Sang Song: Wyn Hoop’s Musical Journey From Bonne Nuit To The Mediterranean
Wyn Hoop (promotional postcard)

Marcus Keppel-Palmer starts his look back at the life of some of the performers from the earlier days of the Eurovision Song Contest. Today, the clock winds back to 1960, and West Germany’s Wyn Hoop.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways with Wiv Kristiansen
Eurovision Castaways.

We’re opening up Île de Bezençon for the summer, and inviting our favourite Eurovision people to bring their best loved Eurovision related songs and stories. Our next guest for the summer of 2018 is Wiv Kristiansen of ESCXtra, who is full of stories of unsolicited doorstep singing, intense French jazz and the power of language.

Nixon Vs Kennedy: Unlocking The Eurovision Song Contest Through The Radio
Eurovision USA Radio Team, 2018 (Image: D. Cargill)

What happens when you strip away the ‘Vision’ from the Eurovision Song Contest? As part of the first US radio broadcast of the Song Contest, Ewan Spence looks at the impact of ‘all sound, no visuals’ on the Contest, and how it can help to explain the disparity between televoters and jurors.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Lisbon 2018’s Radio Preshow
ESC Insight 2012 Album Cover

Join Ewan Spence and Lisa-Jayne Lewis on Radio Six International and listen again to a cavalcade of Eurovision guests including Australia’s Jessica Mauboy, Germany’s Michale Schulte, the EBU’s Jon Ola Sand, and RTE’s Marty Whelan in the hour before Lisbon 2018.

Remembering Teddy Johnson: Bringing The Fun To Eurovision
Teddy Johnson (wikimedia)

While Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson sung “Where we promised our true love, for all eternity” to each other, their little birdie was the a catalyst that changed the Eurovision Song Contest. As Ewan Spence discovers, this wasn’t the first time Teddy Johnson had influenced the evolution of broadcasting.


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