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…