It’s the beginning of the end of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Countless demo tapes were sent to Broadcasters around Europe; around 800 made it to the National Finals; 42 came to Baku; 26 are in the Grand Final; but only one can win the contest formerly known as Le Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne.
Luke and Ewan return to take you through the tonight’s songs with the ESC Insight Alternative Commentary ‘Riff’ Track. Just as you did for the semi-finals, start watching with your national broadcaster, or head to www.eurovision.tv/esctv to watch the official stream (which is lacking a commentator).
To repeat, for technical and legal reasons mean syncing up with the live broadcast without the help of the lots of German technicians you need to do a little bit of work, so grab the MP3, cue it up in your audio player of choice, be it portable on headphones, or on your PC. Feel free to start listening whenever you want, but starting as the show starts is fine.
I’ll remind you in the show, but when you hear a beep, you pause the track, watch the song performance, then start up the track again. Don’t stop for adverts or cutaways, just for the music.
The only potential gotcha is that with no opening ceremony or show, there’s no obvious starting point, so start the track, pause when I tell you and start up again when the time-lapse video of the constructions of the Crystal Hall starts.
Enjoy! And you can still follow me real time on Twitter for updates direct from Baku and the Contest.
Eurovision 2012 Podcast: The Grand Final Alternative Commentary
It all ends with this. Three hours, live around the world. To choose one song. Finish the journey with Ewan Spence (and guest commentator Luke Fisher from EscXtra). We’ll take you through the Grand Final’s 26 songs with everything you need to know. Press play before the show starts, and don’t forget to pause for the music when you hear the beep!
You can stay up to date with The ESC Insight Podcast by subscribing to the RSS feed for all the shows, or use iTunes to get the show automatically downloaded to your computer if that’s your thing.