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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…