How the Jury works, Abba replaced in Sweden, online viewing figures, Junior withdrawals, and music from Joan Franka.
It all starts again. Even as we look back on the 2012 contest, our next Eurovision cities are calling us. Amsterdam (JESC 2012) and Stockholm (ESC 2013, and yes, we’re 99.95% sure it’s going to the capital) are on the horizon, and we’ll have all the news, national finals, gossip, and entries as they happen in the regular ESC Insight podcast.
The Grand Final of Eurovision 2012 is only a few hours away, so it’s time to quickly preview the running order of the final and see what gems are on offer. It’s the last daily podcast before tonight’s Contest!
It’s the second semi final, and Ewan Spence is joined once more by Luke Fisher for the traditional ESC Insight Alternative Commentary. Play the MP3 before the show starts, and listen for the beeps. Pause the track then, listen to the music, and play when the three minutes are over!
We’re previewing the second semi-final on the daily podcast today, which ten of the eighteen songs do we think have a good chance to go through? Ewan is on hosting duties once more, joined by Samantha Ross and Sharleen Wright (ESC Insight), and Luke Fisher (EscXtra).
A quick chat on the results of the first Semi Final One, hosted by Ewan Spence, with Samantha Ross and Steven Newby (ESC Insight), Elaine Dove (All Kinds of Everything), and Garrett Mulhall (Eurovision Ireland).
Ewan Spence is joined by Luke Fisher for the traditional ESC Insight Alternative Commentary. It’s the first semi final of Eurovision 2012 – you should play before the show starts, and when the countries sing, the podcast beeps, so pause until the end of the song.
The first semi final’s “Jury Show” is over, and half the marks will have been allocated to the eighteen counties taking part. We didn’t see any disasters on stage, some countries stepped up to the mark to claim their points from the jury, while others have a lot to do tonight. Luke, Steven, and Ewan discuss the Jury Final in our latest daily podcast.
With the technical rehearsals all over, the simple fact is that we have seen the winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. We just can’t work out who it is yet, and that’s a great place for this year’s Contest to be in. Still, let’s look back at those last rehearsals with the podcast team.
After the opening party last night there’s a few headaches on the team, even though the work carries on. The Big Five and host country Azerbaijan take to the stage for the first time, and it’s not at all what we expected. Daily chat from Eurovision from Ewan Spence and Sharleen Wright (ESC Insight), Luke Fisher (EscXtra) and John Stanton (Eurovisionary).
Carrying on the run through the second wave of rehearsals with a mix of acts from the first and second semi-finals to talk about. Regular host Ewan Spence is joined by Samantha Ross and Sharleen Wright from the ESC Insight editorial team, but we also have Emma Backfish once more from EscXta, and we’re joined for the first time this year by Roy Delaney of Eurovision Apocalypse.
We’re onto the second wave of rehearsals here in the Crystal Arena, as every country gets one more block of time on the stage before the dress rehearsals start in earnest on Monday. What’s changed, what’s improvised, and what really isn’t? Ewan Spence and Samantha Ross from ESC Insight, and special guests Emma Backfish and Alec Parkin from EscXtra, talk it over.
The bottom half of the second semi final have finished their first rehearsal, and the ESC Insight podcast gathers to discuss their chances of qualifying for the final. Juke Box Jury judge David Elder joins the daily chat show today, along with the latest member of the Insight team, Paul Bostock.
Wednesday backstage at Eurovision 2012, and we’re talking about half of the Semi Final two rehearsals. Hosted by Ewan Spence, you also have Samantha Ross, Liam Clark and Michael Lowther (EscXtra), and Anton Kulakov (ESC Rus).
It’s the second half of semi-final one up for discussion today, as the ESC Insight team look back at the rehearsals from yesterday and what this may, or may not, mean for their chances of qualifying for the Grand Final on Saturday May 26th.
The daily backstage podcast returns to ESC Insight as Sam, Steven, Sharleen, and Luke join Ewan to talk about the first day of dress rehearsals, the press room, and the joys of the Baku traffic.
Keith Mills and Dermot Manning judge the final songs for this year’s Juke Box Jury – Germany, Azerbaijan, France, Spain, The United Kingdom, and Italy.
Our last weekly news podcast before we head to Baku, and it’s time to take in the final preview shows, remixes, OGAE voting for Eurovision 2012, and music from the 2010 Azeri entry, Safura.
This week’s news from Eurovision land, as we look back at West End Eurovision and the London Preview Party, and forward to Baku at the end of the month in our regular post