For 2012, the Eurovision Song Contest went further East than it ever has before to visit Azerbaijan. In the brand new Crystal Hall Arena and Press Center complex, Loreen took the victory and the ESC Insight team started looking towards Sweden for the 2013 Contest.
It was a busy run up to the Contest, and a packed two weeks while in Baku. If you want to relive it, we’ve gathered links to all our articles, podcasts, videos, interviews, and more on this page. Your Eurovision 2012 memories are just a click away!
Our third guide book to a Eurovision Song Contest proved a popular download both in PDF form and via Amazon. Featuring all 42 countries performing at this year’s Contest, as well as thoughts on each song from the ESC Insight team, it provided the popular mix of information and opinion we’re proud of to everyone. It was also a handy reference for us while we reported from the Crystal Hall!
In conjunction with The Guardian, ESC Insight’s Ewan Spence published a book looking at the Eurovision Song Contest from a different angle. Taking place between the end of Eurovision 2011 in Dusselforf, and flying off to Baku for the 2012 Contest, ‘Eurovision: Beyond the Sequins‘ looks at how Eurovision 2012 came together, touring round Europe visiting a number of National Finals, and discussing popular topics from the finer details of the Contest to the myth of political voting.
ESC Insight is not the only website covering the Contest, and we like pointing out the big stories and opinions from around the web. That’s why we have the Eurovision List, pointing out some of the best stories on the web. You can step back through them in our Links and List index.
The ESC Insight team worked alongside Australian broadcaster SBS to create content for their website, and for broadcast on their SBS Eurovision Radio station. 13 standalone thirty minute programs were commissioned and aired during May, while daily news bulletins were produced in Baku during the contest (sbs.com.au/eurovision)
During the first week of rehearsals at Eurovision 2012, the ESC Insight team worked on our Video Insights show. Switching to a traditional ‘magazine’ style format and a long-form show of between 20 and 25 minutes allowed us to take time with our guests and explore Baku itself, and the various Eurovision fixtures in the Azeri capital city.
In the eight weeks running up to the semi-finals and finals, we previewed each country’s song in our Juke Box Jury format, with discussion between two judges and host Ewan Spence before rating each song as hit, miss, or maybe.
Following on from the successful run of our morning chat shows in Dusseldorf, the regular ESC Insight podcast switched to a daily schedule, allowing us to provide our trademark in-depth coverage and analysis from backstage at the Crystal Hall, bringing all the news and opinions of the 2012 Contest as it happened, though a rotating guest line up who joined host Ewan Spence.
Now in their fourth year, our Alternative Commentaries are an integral part of the Eurovision experience for many of our readers and listeners as the download the commentaries to watch alongside the Song Contest, either live or synced with the on-demand streams of the Eurovision Song Contest (via www.eurovision.tv/esctv). This year Ewan Spence was joined in the commentary booth by Luke Fisher, from EscXtra.
The latest addition to the team was Terry Vision. Our ‘Senior Interviewer’ spoke to many of the big names at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, as well as meeting up with some old friends. Having retired after attending 176 Contests (by his count), ESC Insight lured the puppet back to the world of Eurovision, giving him the chance to bring his unique view of Europe’s Favourite TV Show back into the public eye. He met:
ESC Insight is a year-round operation, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our two commercial supporters from the 2012 season.
That wraps up the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, and our coverage from on the ground at the Crystal Hall, Baku. It’s time to work through the off-season over the summer, and then the 2013 season will kick off during September. If you’ve any comments on our coverage, let us know in the comments or get in touch.
During the Eurovision fortnight while we were in Baku, ESC Insight had it’s biggest year ever. We’ll be here though the summer, the National Finals season, and into Sweden 2013. It might be three hours in May for some peope, but the Eurovision Song Contest is a year long affair. And we’ll be here to tell you all about it!