TEP Recaps: ESC News (19th January 2021)

This week, Jazzi leads the news recap with Rory and Rosie, as National Final season starts to ramp up. We talk about the first results from Norway and Lithuania, discuss Israel’s everchanging format, as well as the lineups in Estonia, Finland and Sweden. We also talk about the potential danger for Sanremo to be moved…

TEP Reviews: #ESC250 2020 (+ Extra News!)

This week, Jazzi, Rory and Rosie review the overall results of the ESC250 initiative, run by ESC Radio in conjunction with Songfestival.be! Together, we talk about our feelings towards the results as Loreen clinches yet another victory, while also reflecting on other songs that made (or didn’t make) the cut. There is also a catch…

TEP Reviews: NF Season in the New Year

Welcome to 2021 everyone! This week, we announce the start of a shift in our podcast as we move into National Final season. Rosie, Rory and Tim talk about the results of Festivali i Këngës, as well as giving our opinions on songs released in Israel, Estonia and France. We also give our initial impressions…

Bulgaria: A Tale of Two Halves

In our final episode of 2020, Rosie, Jazzi and Rory look at Bulgaria, a country who has faced both success and defeat at Eurovision in its short history of participation in the Contest. The trio reflects on their favourite Bulgarian entries at the Contest. They also look at how Bulgaria has managed to incorporate fans…

TEP Talks: If We Were Executive Supervisor…

This week, we divert from our typical format or country and year perspectives to discuss what changes we’d make to the rules of Eurovision, if we were lucky enough to be the Executive Supervisor of the EBU. From two juries to splitting up of the United Kingdom, be prepared for some controversial opinions! What do…

TEP Reviews: Eurovision 2008

This week, the TEP crew talk all things Eurovision 2008, which was held in Belgrade, Serbia. Together, we reflect on how Serbia was able to host its first Eurovision Song Contest under such a tough political climate. We also divulge our top threes and debate what RTS can take from their first time hosting a…

TEP Talks: Joke Entries at ESC

This week, we diverge from our typical format and topics and discuss the prominence (or lack thereof) of so-called “joke entries” at Eurovision. We talk about how these entries affect the Contest’s reputation, as well as referencing certain joke entries that should or shouldn’t be included in that category! What do you think of our…

TEP Previews: Junior Eurovision 2020

This week sees the 18th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Warsaw, Poland following Viki Gabor’s win in 2019. So, to celebrate this, Jazzi, Rory, Rosie and Tim look at the class of 2020, reveal our top threes and discuss how Junior Eurovision is being used as a Petri dish…

Portugal: Winning at Losing

This week, Jazzi, Rory, Rosie and Tim take a trip to Portugal – the country that, up until 2017, was the country waiting the longest time to score its first win. We look back at some of our favourite Portuguese Eurovision songs, as well as discussing the prominence of the Portuguese language in both Festival…

TEP Reviews: National Final Favourites

This week, the team are back together and we’re joined by A.M., official creator of the unofficial National Final Top 250! Together we look back at some of our favourite songs that never made it to the Contest, and reflect on why these songs are so famous (or infamous) in the fandom today! What do…

TEP Reviews: Eurovision 2009

This week, Rosie, Jazzi and Rory return to the archives and revisit Eurovision 2009, held in Moscow, Russia. We discuss our favourite songs from the Contest, debate about Russia’s problematic hosting of the show and have a rather pointed rant at Andrew Lloyd Webber (UK fans best beware!) What do you think of our choices?…

TEP Talks To: Jan Bors

This week, we were so incredibly happy to be joined by Jan Bors, the former Head of Delegation for the Czech Republic from 2016 to 2020. Together with Jazzi, Rosie and Rory, we look at Jan’s career at the competition and discuss the behind-the-scenes aspects of Eurovision that usually elude the audience. We also look…

France: L’Amour or L’Enfer?

This week, the hosts return to the Big Five to cover France, one of the most present countries to ever take part in Eurovision. Jazzi, Rosie, Rory and Tim regale their favourite French entries, reflect on the ever-present use of French in the Contest and debate on what French monument should be used in future…

Georgia: The Land of Wine On Our Minds

This week, Tim rejoins the podcast as we talk about Georgia, one of the newest countries to join the Eurovision family. After a heavy dose of love for Sopho Khalvashi, we talk about Georgia’s contrast of results in the adult Contest with the Junior Contest, where Georgia is the most successful nation. We also reminisce…

Norway: A Story of Polar Results

This week, Rosie, Jazzi and Rory return to Scandinavia to talk about all things Norway – the second most successful Nordic nation. We talk about our favourite Norwegian entries in the Contest, reflect on Melodi Grand Prix’s quality of songs in comparison to other Scandinavian national finals and have a frank discussion on the debate…

TEP Talks: Growers and Fallers

This week, in a bit of a departure from our usual format, Rory, Rosie and Jazzi discuss some Eurovision songs that have either gone up in their estimations, or others that have fallen out of favour with their music tastes after the Contest. Expect controversy and surprise throughout! Although these are our own personal opinions,…

TEP Reviews: Eurovision 2017

This week, we were very happy to be joined by Rosie’s boyfriend Lewis to reflect on the celebration of diversity that was Eurovision 2017, held in Kyiv, Ukraine! Together, we share our memories of the 2017 Eurovision season, divulge our top three entries, while also reflecting on the chaos of the organisation of the Contest….

Israel: Culture on Europe’s Edge

This week, the hosts round off their “stan country” reviews by going to Tim’s “stan” country of Israel. Together, they talk about their favourite Israeli entries, discuss the growing variation of language used by Israel and investigate how KAN, Israel’s new public broadcaster, has managed to have such incredible success at the Contest after succeeding…

Finland: Changing the Formula for Success

This week, the hosts take a trip to Scandinavia – to Jazzi’s “stan country” of Finland. We discuss our favourite Eurovision entries from Finland and talk about Yle’s gradual development of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) as a national final format. We also discuss how Finland’s experience with the juries has negatively impacted their recent results…

Italy: Class and Kitsch Combined?

This week, we looked to the newest member of the Big Five – and Rosie’s so-called “stan country”: Italy. Together with Rory, Jazzi and Tim, we talk about our favourite and least favourite Italian entries, discuss the popularity of Sanremo as a quasi-national final format, and look at how Italy’s impact on the Contest has…

TEP Talks: Lesley Roy

This week, we were thrilled to be joined by Lesley Roy, who would have represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020. Together with Jazzi, Rory, Rosie and Tim, we talk about Lesley’s journey to Eurovision, discuss the contrast between “nostalgia” and “outdated”, and revel in Lesley’s anecdote about the (in)famous pink suit. What…

TEP Reviews: Eurovision 2019

This week, we were delighted to be joined by Andrew, a good friend of the podcast from the United States to discuss the most recent edition of Eurovision to take place (pre-pandemic) – 2019! With the help of Andrew, we talk about our favourite entries of the year, discuss THAT performance from Madonna and reflect…

Ireland: Paying the Price for Success

This week, the hosts are joined by the fantastic Bradley from What’s the Wurst? to talk about the most successful country at the Contest – Rory’s home nation of Ireland. We talk about our favourite entries and most memorable moments from RTÉ’s participation in the Contest, as well as discussing the resurgence of Irish in…

Czechia: The Rise of the Underdog

This week, the hosts look at the country that stands at the crossroads of Central Europe – the Czech Republic, or Czechia. As usual, Jazzi, Rory, Rosie and Tim look at the country’s track record at the Contest, look at how the national selection ESCZ has been able to show the diversity of the Czech…

TEP Reviews: Eurovision 2014

This week, the hosts look at the most recent edition of Eurovision Again’s rewatching series – the 2014 edition in Copenhagen, Denmark. In this episode, Jazzi, Rory, Rosie and Tim reflect on their favourite entries of the Contest, discuss their favourite moments from the Contest – including the historic qualifications of Montenegro and San Marino…

Lithuania: On Fire or Stone Cold?

This week, we were so happy to be joined by good friend of the podcast, Dovilė – a native Lithuanian – to talk about her country’s forays into Eurovision! We talk about the impact On Fire had in fostering the possibility of giving Lithuania its first win, while also looking at Lithuania’s extensive national final…

TEP Talks: Most Controversial Opinions

This week sees Jazzi, Rory, Rosie and Tim explore their most controversial Eurovision opinions, ranging from who really should have won in 2016 to how to help newly hosting countries produce the best Contest possible. It should be noted that these are all our own individual opinions, so please don’t take our opinions too personally,…

TEP Reviews – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

This week, we review the biggest thing to happen to the Eurovision Song Contest this year (apart from being cancelled): the Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga! Warning, there are spoilers in this episode of the podcast, so if you haven’t watched the film thus far, you should definitely watch the…

Iceland: Always the Quirky Bridesmaid?

With the premiere of “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” imminent, this episode sees Jazzi, Rory, Rosie and Tim talk about Fire Saga’s home country – Iceland! Taking a look at their checkered history at the Contest, we look at our favourite entries from Iceland, examine Söngvakeppnin’s insistence to include Icelandic in the…

Andorra: The Fight to Return (ft. Susanne Georgi)

This week, we are absolutely ecstatic to be joined by the one and only Susanne Georgi, who was fortunate enough to represent Andorra – the only nation in Eurovision never to appear in the grand final. Together with Jazzi, Rory, Rosie and Tim, she tells us about her campaign (#MyFight and #WeCanDoThisAndorra) to return Andorra…

TEP Reviews – Eurovision 2018

This week, in conjunction with #EurovisionAgain, we look at Eurovision 2018 – held in Lisbon, Portugal. The hosts reveal their favourite entries that took part, discuss RTP’s successes and drawbacks from hosting the Contest for the first time and look to what Portugal can take from this experience to implement the next time Portugal gets…

Russia: Finding the Formula for Success

In our *tenth* episode of THAT Eurovision Song Contest, we talk about the largest country to take part in the competition – Russia. We discuss the Yulia Samoylova debacle of 2017, the impact of Philip Kirkorov and wonder what Russia can do to curb the lack of enthusiasm by much of the Eurovision community for…

TEP Talks: Favourite Non-Qualifiers

This week, the hosts look back at previous years of the Contest and reveal their ultimate favourites from the entries that didn’t qualify. We talk about the level of quality of songs has improved over the years, as well as discussing which countries should have qualified in lieu of our choices. We also bring out…

Australia: Worldvision in Action?

This week, the hosts look to the most recent debutante at the Contest – Australia. Jazzi, Rory, Rosie and Tim discuss Australia’s validity to participate in the Contest, reflect on our favourite entries and debate who would host Eurovision in Europe were Australia to win. What do you think of our choices? Do you agree…

TEP Reviews: Eurovision 2007

This week, the hosts look back to Eurovision 2007, which was broadcast in conjunction with #EurovisionAgain to help fans stave off the depression of the lack of a Eurovision this year. Jazzi, Rory, Rosie and Tim relive our memories of the Contest, divulge our favourite songs and look at what YLE can learn from their…

TEP Reviews: Eurovision – Europe Shine a Light

In the wake of Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, the hosts reflect on the show hosted by the EBU as a replacement to the Song Contest in 2020. We look at the acts that took part as the intermission acts, the structure of the show, and its impact on the viewing public. We also look…

TEP Reviews: Eurovision 2020

As this week was meant to be the scheduled shows of Eurovision 2020, it seems fitting to review the songs that would have participated in the Contest, meant to be held in Rotterdam. The hosts delve into each other’s top three entries, debate who should return in 2021, and how the Netherlands would have produced…

THAT Eurovision Podcast – Episode 4: Ukraine – the Kyiv to Success?

On the fourth episode of the podcast, the hosts look east – to Ukraine, one of two countries with a 100% qualification record. Taking a look at the national selection – Vidbir – Jazzi, Rory, Rosie and Tim decipher what makes Ukraine so successful in Eurovision, and how Ukraine has managed to capitalise on its…

THAT Eurovision Podcast – Episode 3: Sweden, Melfest and Beyond

The hosts this week talk about the current Eurovision juggernaut – Sweden. Talking about the impact of Melodifestivalen – the Sweden national selection – on the Eurovision fan community, the effect of Christer Björkman, we dive into how Sweden has come to dominate the national final season. We also look at our favourite Swedish Eurovision…

THAT Eurovision Podcast – Episode 2: United Kingdom; OK or NO-K?

This week, the hosts delve into the UK’s handling of the Contest. We look at how the BBC has controlled the reputation of the Contest, and ponder what has caused this reputation to disintegrate. We also suggest our top picks for the UK in Eurovision in the future! Do you agree with our opinions? What…

THAT Eurovision Podcast: Episode 1 – Rest In Peace, Eurovision 2020

In this introductory episode, hosts Jazzi, Rory, Rosie and Tim talk about the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, how the cancellation affects the participating artists and fans, how certain countries have handled their selections for 2021, and our hopes for the upcoming national final season. What do you think about the Contest’s cancellation? Was it the…

It’s beginning to look a lot like FiKmas!

We had horses. We had bondage. We had long ad breaks, and even longer interval acts. Welcome back to National Final Season, everyone! Albania’s Festivali I Këngës returned to our screens and streams once more to round out 2020, and delivered a varied and exciting three shows to kick off the start of our song…