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Jazzi, Rory, Rosie and Tim, we talk about Lesley’s journey to Eurovision, discuss the contrast between “nostalgia” and “outdated”, and revel in Lesley’s anecdote about the (in)famous pink suit.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…

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…

Russia: Finding the Formula for Success

In our *tenth* episode of THAT Eurovision Song Contest, we talk about the largest country to take part in the competition – Russia. We discuss the Yulia Samoylova debacle of 2017, the impact of Philip Kirkorov and wonder what Russia can do to curb the lack of enthusiasm by much of the Eurovision community for…

THAT Eurovision Podcast – Episode 2: United Kingdom; OK or NO-K?

This week, the hosts delve into the UK’s handling of the Contest. We look at how the BBC has controlled the reputation of the Contest, and ponder what has caused this reputation to disintegrate. We also suggest our top picks for the UK in Eurovision in the future! Do you agree with our opinions? What…