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Win, Lose or Draw

With 25 countires set to sing in the Saturday night final this year, that means they all have the best chance of winning? As keen Song Contest watchers know, not every place in the running order is equal. Eurovision historian John Kennedy O’Connor investigates.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury 2011 #6

San Marino, Moldova, Estonia, Slovakia and Russia face judges Elaine Dove and Paul Jordan.

The ESC Insight Tourist Guide to Dusseldorf

For many, this will be the first and possibly once in a lifetime trip to see the German city, so why not try a little local culture beyond Eurovision? ESC Insight points out just a few of the things you can do in the host city next month…

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Taking over the airwaves

The latest Eurovision news from around the continent, with preview shows, TV specials, film premieres and music from Amaury Vassili.

The Eurovision Flag flies proudly over London

Why do the Eurovision performers put themselves through the preview shows, just to sing to a handful of fans? Paul Jordan, in between cheering them all on at the UK Eurovision Preview Party, thinks he might know.

Joseph Campbell, Blue, and a hero’s journey to Eurovision
The Blue Team

Last night’s documentary, “Your Country Needs Blue” from the BBC might have been flawed, but by using the Hero’s Journey monomyth, it illustrated the challenge that faces Blue to the casual viewer. It’s just a shame that the larger challenge the BBC faces in the Song Contest for the future wasn’t addressed.

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