Netta Barzalai won the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 without being able to use her favourite toy: the loop station. Ben Robertson travels to Berlin for the Beatbox Battle World Championships to see the best loopers on the planet in action and learn about what it would take to include this art form in our beloved Song Contest.
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?
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.
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.