Eurovision 2021 season is hotting up! Over the past week we learned that Hooverphonic had replaced lead singer Luka; Estonia revealed its semi-finalists, including returnees Tanja, Koit Toome and Jüri Pootsmann; Spain questioned its fortunes at the Eurovision Song Contest; and Aftonbladet reported that Eric Saade is in talks to return to Melodifestivalen.

For this week’s podcast, William and Deban discussed the news together in London. But, as ever, our contributors from around the world had a lot of tea to spill. In this episode you’ll hear from Erdi in Kosovo, who dishes on the Albanian orchestra and the FiK 59 “unplugged” night; Lauren in Norway, who discusses the Mauritian artist in Estonia’s Eesti Laul; Jordi in Spain, who sounds off on the country’s efforts at JESC and ESC; Robyn in New Zealand, who names her favourite non-qualifiers from Albania, Armenia, Andorra and Austria; and Jonathan in the UK, who serves his hot takes on this week in music.

Added bonus: Hungary’s Eurovision 2014 star Andras Kallay-Saunders joins us to discuss his new single “Coming Home”, which he had hoped to sing at Eurovision.

The latest episode is below. You can also subscribe on Spotify and Apple Music. This episode was produced by Samuel in London.

Eurovision podcast (Episode 80)

Topics covered in this week’s episode, include:

Release her: Belgium’s Hooverphonic end “collaboration” with Luka Cruysberghs as Geike Arnaert returns to the fold

Hooverphonic: Luka Cruysberghs addresses her departure…and Geike Arnaert says she’ll continue with her solo projects

Eesti Laul 2021: Final 12 semi-finalists include Tanja, Egert Milder and Sissi

Eesti Laul 2021: Estonia’s semi-finalists include Jüri Pootsmann and Koit Toome

Albania drops the orchestra

Why does Spain do better at Junior Eurovision? RTVE’s Eurovision bosses cite stronger competition and voting systems

Favourite Eurovision non-qualifiers: Albania, Austria, Armenia, Andorra

Sweden: Eric Saade considering Melodifestivalen 2021 comeback, Arvingarna and Paul Rey reportedly confirmed

New music this week: 23 songs from Duncan Laurence, WURST, Douwe Bob and more

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Whisker
Whisker
3 days ago

I loved it! I even made it thru the unpleasant Belgian segment. I was so impressed with WLA predicting Estonia 2016 coming last in its semi! Well done!

Lucie Zapotocna
Lucie Zapotocna
7 days ago

I’m in love with WURST’s latest album and I really hope that the corona situation will get better as soon as possible and his scheduled concert in Prague in May will happen.