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The eSpot Podcast

The eSpot Podcast

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This podcast examines the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, covers breaking Eurovision news, and explores other topics related to the longest-running televised international music competition that we enjoy so much. We will also welcome special guests including scholars and professionals within the music industry to enhance our conversations.
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The eSpot talks ASC: Semi-Final 2 + interview with Grant Knoche from Texas
The eSpot talks ASC: Semi-Final 2 + interview with Grant Knoche from Texas
In this episode, we discuss the second semifinal of the American Song Contest, and we speak with ASC finalist Grant Knoche from Texas about the process of writing his song "Mr. Independent" and his experience on the show. Find Grant on Instagram and TikTok @grantknoche and on Twitter @GrantCKnoche  Interview begins at (24:30)
46:30
May 08, 2022
INTERVIEW: Sheldon Riley (Australia 2022)
INTERVIEW: Sheldon Riley (Australia 2022)
In this special edition of The eSpot Podcast, Renata speaks with Australia's Sheldon Riley from Turin about the writing and production of his song "Not The Same," how the sonic and visual elements came together to create his captivating performance, and how his vocal techniques enhance the impact of the song. (Interview originally released for and republished with permission of Oikotimes.co.uk)
20:38
May 06, 2022
The eSpot talks ASC: Semi-Final 1 + interview with Christian Pagan from Puerto Rico
The eSpot talks ASC: Semi-Final 1 + interview with Christian Pagan from Puerto Rico
In this episode, we discuss the first semifinal of the American Song Contest. This episode also features a conversation between Renata and Christian Pagan, in which they discuss his song "LOKO", fashion influences, and unique spots to visit on his island of Puerto Rico. (Interview originally appeared on the YouTube of our colleagues at Oikotimes.) Find Christian on Instagram and Twitter @christian_pagan and on TikTok @christianpagantiktok Interview begins at (32:45)
58:26
April 27, 2022
The eSpot talks ASC: Heat 4&5 Results + interview with Ni/Co from Alabama
The eSpot talks ASC: Heat 4&5 Results + interview with Ni/Co from Alabama
In this episode, we discuss the results of episodes 4&5 of the American Song Contest. We also talk to ASC semi-finalists Ni/Co from Alabama about their experience on the show and the process of writing their powerful duet "The Difference." Ni/Co can be found on Instagram and TikTok @ni.co_official and on Twitter @ni_co_official  Interview begins at (34:00)
57:24
April 24, 2022
The eSpot talks ASC: Heat 2&3 Results + exclusive interview with ASC Costume Designers
The eSpot talks ASC: Heat 2&3 Results + exclusive interview with ASC Costume Designers
In this episode, we recap episodes 2&3 of the American Song Contest, and discuss some of the changes and improvements made to the show. The episode finishes up with an exclusive interview with ASC's costume designers Erin Hirsh and Artemis Jafari! Listen to find out how the iconic looks come together for the show! Interview begins at (40:00)
59:02
April 07, 2022
The eSpot talks ASC: Heat 1
The eSpot talks ASC: Heat 1
Listen in as hosts Renata and Greg discuss the first heat of the American Song Contest! 
43:26
March 28, 2022
Spotlight on Norway & interview with singer/songwriter Elsie Bay
Spotlight on Norway & interview with singer/songwriter Elsie Bay
This episode is the first of our Spotlight Series, which looks in depth at countries that participate in Eurovision. In today’s Spotlight on Norway, we start off with an overview of Norwegian history, culture, and ethnomusicology. Then we take a closer look at the Melodi Grand Prix song contest and Norway’s participation in Eurovision. We finish up the episode with an interview with Norwegian singer-songwriter Elsie Bay, who was a finalist in this year’s Melodi Grand Prix. Songs featured: (0:00) Intro - "End of the Road" by Anthem of Rain (via Free Music Archive); Ukranian national anthem (1:40) Part 1 - "Ja, vi elsker dette landet" Norwegian anthem by Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra; "Resonemus hoc natali" by Anonymous (Theatre of Voices, director Paul Hillier); "Ecco La Primavera" by Mogen Pederson (Nordic Brass Ensemble); "Concerto for Violin and Strings in A Major: II Adagio" by Johan Daniel Berlin (Norwegian Baroque Orchestra); "Sæterjentens Søndag" by Ole Bull (Arve Tellefsen); "Bruremarsj" by Myllarguten (Knut Buen); "Soga jiellat" by Aslak A. Somby; "Tiger Rag" by Funny Boys (16:45) Part 2 - "Voi Voi" by Nora Brockstedt (1960); "Oj, oj, oj, så glad jeg skal bli" by Kirsti Sparboe (1969); "Mata Hari" by Anne-Karine Strøm (1976), "Sámiid ædnan" by Sverre Kjelsberg and Mattis Hætta (1980); "La det swinge" by Bobbysocks! (1985); "Brandenburger Tor" by Ketil Stokkan (1990); "Nocturne" by Secret Garden  (1995); "I'm Not Afraid to Move On" by Jostein Hasselgård (2003); "High" by Knut Anders Sørum (2004); "Fairytale" by Alexander Rybak (2009); "Haba Haba" by Stella Mwangi (2011); "Spirit in the Sky" by Keiino (2019); "Fallen Angel" by Tix (2021); "Give That Wolf a Banana" by Subwoolfer (2022) (32:01) Part 3 - “Death of Us” by Elsie Bay (2022); “Ocean” by Elsa & Emelie (2017); “Witch Woods” by EMMY (2021)
56:16
March 27, 2022
Good Evening Europe! (All about Eurovision & exclusive interview with songwriter Jonas Gladnikoff)
Good Evening Europe! (All about Eurovision & exclusive interview with songwriter Jonas Gladnikoff)
What do Austin Powers, Celine Dion, and Enrique Iglesias' dad have in common? THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST!  For our first episode of The eSpot Podcast, we do a quick overview of Eurovision basics for listeners who are unfamiliar with the contest and explain how Eurovision fits into the larger cultural zeitgeist. We also have an exclusive interview with Jonas Gladnikoff, a songwriter and producer who has had multiple songs compete in Eurovision and Junior Eurovision. He shares with us some insight on his experiences in the contest and his process as a songwriter.  Follow us on social media @espotpod and visit our website www.espotpod.com Thank you for listening!  Intro (0:00) Songs featured: End of the Road by Anthem of Rain (via Free Music Archive);  Prelude to Te Deum by M.A. Charpentier (Eurovision fanfare); Wild Dances by Ruslana (Winner 2004); Ne Ver Ne Boisya by tATu (3rd place 2003)  Part 1 - Eurovision basics (4:50) Songs featured: Refrain by Lys Assia (Winner 1956); Satellite by Lena (Winner 2010)  Part 2 - Eurovision in pop culture (11:00) Songs featured: Nel blu, dipinto di blu by Domenico Modugno (3rd place 1958); Waterloo by ABBA (Winner 1974); Ooh Aah Just a Little Bit by Gina G (8th place 1996); Dancing Lasha Tumbai by Verka Serduchka (2nd place 2007)  Part 3 - Interview with Jonas Gladnikoff (20:00) Songs featured:  Et Cetera by Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy (National selection 2009); Niamh Kavanagh - It’s For You (23rd place 2010);  Banshee by Anna Kearney (12th place 2019, Junior Eurovision)
54:47
October 05, 2021
The eSpot Podcast - A new podcast about Eurovision - TRAILER
The eSpot Podcast - A new podcast about Eurovision - TRAILER
Trailer for new podcast: The eSpot  Hosted by two Eurovision superfans from the United States, this podcast examines the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, covers breaking Eurovision news, and explores other topics related to the world's longest-running televised international music competition. The eSpot podcast will  welcome special guests including scholars and professionals within the music industry to enhance our conversations. Follow The eSpot Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @espotpod for exclusive Eurovision inspired designs and the latest updates about our podcast. Visit www.espotpod.com for even more exciting content! *Theme music is "End of the Road (Instrumental)" by Anthem of Rain, via Free Music Archive*
01:26
September 29, 2021