Juke Box Jury returns for the 2017 season. Ewan Spence welcomes Ross Middleton and Boog Biagi to judge Moldova, Switzerland, Iceland, Ukraine, and Italy.
We all have our favourites that lose in the National Final season, songs that you just know had a chance to do so much better if only they made it to the Eurovision Song Contest itself. Monty Moncrieff looks at some of the factors that can mean a potential big hit can fall at the first hurdle.
It’s scale may be relatively compact, but the aspirations for Eesti Laul are massive. At the very least ERR are keen to send the best of its local music scene to the Eurovision stage. At best, it’s hungry for the second victory. Here John Egan pulls back the curtain as he watches the final rehearsals in Tallinn.
Culling the Despacito clones, paying tribute to Lars Ulrich, and Waylon might have a new album out. Ewan Spence brings you another seven days of Eurovision action in the News Insight podcast.
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take an important step forward, as live musical instruments will return to the stage. Ellie Chalkely explores the history of live music at the Song Contest, how JOWST opened the way, and why Netta Barzilai will lead the charge into the fourth era of Eurovision music.
Ed Sheeran puts his foot in it, the Balkan Ballad of Ewan’s dreams arrives, and the script calls for ‘a lawyerly voice’. Time for another seven days of Eurovision news from Ewan Spence and ESC Insight; plus music from Slavko.