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Armenia 2020

For the first time the boys are in Armenia reviewing the national final Depi Evratesil 2020. What song missed out on being selected for Eurovision but has been given a second chance in the Second Cherry Song Contest 2020? Live Performances of Selected Songs: Athena Manoukian with “Chains On You“ Agop with “Butterflies“ TOKIONINE with...

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Serbia 2020

As we near the end of the series, the boys are in Serbia taking a look at Beovizija 2020. What song does the Second Cherry team think should have gone to Eurovision and deserves a second chance? Live Performances of Selected Songs: Hurricane with “Hasta la vista“ Andrija Jo with “Oči Meduze“ Neda Ukraden with...

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Moldova 2020

The boys have a bumper episode for you this week as they present more songs than ever from the Moldovan national final. One song got the ticket to Eurovision, many others did not. So what has been selected to represent Moldova at the Second Cherry Song Contest 2020? Live Performances of Selected Songs: Natalia Gordienko...

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Australia 2020

The boys are back down under to dissect all the goings on from Eurovision: Australia Decides national selection. After the Aussie cherry, Electric Fields’ “2000 and Whatever“, finished 2nd in last years’ Second Cherry Song Contest, what has piqued the interest of the team and been selected for 2020? Live Performances of Selected Songs: Montaigne...

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Belarus 2020

The boys are in Belarus this week as they wade through a sea of entries from the national selection. Only five are being presented here and only one can be the Belarussian cherry for 2020. Live Performances of Selected Songs: VAL with “Da Vidna“ NAPOLI with “Don’t Let Me Down” Sasha Zakharik with “Rocky Road“...

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Portugal 2020

With a pastel de nata in one hand and a ice cold Superbock in another, the boys gladly take us back to Portugal’s Festival da Canção. What cherry has been picked to represent the westernmost sovereign state in Europe in the Second Cherry Song Contest 2020? Live Performances of Selected Songs: Elisa with “Medo de...

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Norway 2020

It’s a short hop over the border from last week’s Swedish episode to this week’s episode: Norway! Not only have the boys selected a plethora of noteworthy songs from the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix, but they are joined by yet another special guest. What cherry has been picked to represent Norway in the Second Cherry...

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Sweden 2020

It’s a big one this week! The boys roll into Sweden and take a look at Melodifestivalen 2020. They also share some interviews from the Swedish Church in Marylebone, where London-based fans flock every year to watch the Swedish selection show. Live Performances of Selected Songs: The Mamas with “Move“ Felix Sandman with “Boys With...

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Ukraine 2020

In this week’s episode the boys are joined by a special guest who lends their thoughts on the songs that made up the Ukrainian national selection show, Vidbir 2020. Live Performances of Selected Songs: Go_A with “Solovey“ Katya Chilly with “Pich“ KRUTЬ with “99“ Jerry Heil with “Vegan“ Khayat with “Call For Love“ Fo Sho...

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Romania 2020

Another week, another cherry! In this episode the boys dip into all things Romania and the national final Selecția Națională 2020. Live Performances of Selected Songs: “Alcohol You“ “Storm“ “Colors“ “Beautiful Disaster“ “Cherry Red“ Other Links: Matt & Monty’s Good Thing of The Week That is Good: Jaja Ding Dong Bar in Húsavík Loreen’s performances...

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Denmark 2020

From last week’s foray into the Israeli national final, the boys fly back north to Denmark and the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. One song reminds Matt of using the amenities of a gay bar and Monty talks northern knitwear! Only on Second Cherry! Live Performances of Selected Songs: Ben & Tan “YES“ Kenny Duerlund “Forget...

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Israel 2020

The boys are ditching their warm coats this week and heading south east to Israel! Eden Alene won the ticket to Rotterdam 2020 with the song “Feker Libi“, but there were other songs she sang in the national selection that need to be discussed. Have the Second Cherry team picked the right song for Israel...

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Iceland 2020

In this week’s episode the boys put on their warm coats and head north to Iceland for Songvakeppnin! Iceland may have made the right decision to crown Daði Freyr as the national final winner, but Second Cherry is all about the songs that didn’t make it to Eurovision. So, what song has been picked as...

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Lithuania 2020

The boys have a very special treat for you this week as they bring you the delights of the Lithuanian national selection, Pabandom iš naujo! Matt went to the show back in February and now provides us with some insight through interviews, soundbites, and maybe a little bit of gossip from backstage! As per, the...

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Finland 2020

The 2020 season continues with a virtual and socially-distanced trip to Finland, and talk about the national final UMK. Matt talks about a date he went on during the week of the show that took a very coincidental and related turn. Monty vents his disapproval at using numbers as letters. Buckle up and join the...

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Albania 2020

The 2020 season kicks off with a Balkan bang! The Albanian national final didn’t pass entirely without incident, so join the boys who have dug down into the 58th edition of Festivali i Këngës and found a few gems. Most importantly, what song has been picked as the cherry that will represent Albania in this...

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Eurovision 2020: Big 6 Review

It’s the last of our three bonus episodes taking a look at the song’s selected for this year’s cancelled Eurovision Song Contest. Matt and Monty guide you through the entries from the Big 5 plus hosts The Netherlands. They also share their thoughts on their home nation’s new selection process and what they really think...

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Eurovision 2020: Semi-Final 2 Review

The boys return with a review of Eurovision Semi-Final 2, or, what would have been the Thursday night of Eurovision week. What songs have been highlighted as the stand out entries? Grab a wine / coffee / tea and settle down as Matt and Monty lead you through some of the songs. Links: Second Cherry...

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Eurovision 2020: Semi-Final 1 Review

The 2020 season kicks off with a special bonus episode where Matt and Monty review the songs that would have made up the first semi-final at this year’s cancelled Eurovision Song Contest. Links: Second Cherry on Twitter Second Cherry on Instagram Second Cherry on Facebook Email us: hello@secondcherry.vision

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2020 Teaser

We’re back! Well, we’re teasing you a bit to start with, just the tip for now… Matt & Monty return with an introduction to the Second Cherry 2020 season but before we do we’ve got a Contest to go to. We’re all accredited up and raring to haul our lanyards to Rotterdam for Eurovision in...

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And the winner is…

Our 2019 season reached its conclusion on Friday 8th November as we presented the live final during Eurofest at London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern. It was an exciting show as almost 200 people crammed into the venue to see who would be crowned our 11th Second Cherry Champion. Eurofest is London’s longest-running Eurovision club night, each...

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Series Finale: The Results

And there we have it. The Second Cherry Song Contest 2019 has taken place and we have a winning ‘cherry’. Matt and Monty deliver the results, talk about the live event, and say a fond farewell to you, the podcast listeners, and the 2019 series. Links: Second Cherry on Twitter Second Cherry on Instagram Second...

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Second Cherry Online Vote 2019

You’ve heard the songs selected on the Second Cherry podcast. Now it’s time for you, the listeners, to vote on who you think should win the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019. Below are helpful YouTube and Spotify playlists to remind you of the selected songs. Use the form below the playlists to then cast your...

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Wash up 2019

Now that all the songs have been selected for the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019, it’s time to vote on your favourites! But before that, Matt and Monty run through the ‘best of the rest’ of the national final season in the 2019 wash up episode. Links: Dženan Lončarević’s performance of “Nema suza” (Finale –...

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Ukraine

A Ukrainian cherry has been picked! The boys review Vidbir 2019 where we saw 20 instruments in one, some hate-filled yellow knitwear, and one very very awkward question. We can also announce that the Second Cherry team has drawn a line in the sand – we have our 16 songs for our 2019 contest! Links:...

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France

That’s right folks, another episode from the second cherry boys. This week the hosts are joined by a special guest. They delve deep into the French history at Eurovision and, of course, select the song that will represent France at the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019. Links: Second Cherry on Twitter Second Cherry on Instagram...

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Lithuania

Welcome to Second Cherry. We’re nearing the end of the series but fear not, more cherry picking is yet to come! This week sees the boys in the Baltic state of Lithuania. Even though the country has a relatively short history at Eurovision, there is still a wealth of acts to talk about from years...

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Italy

The boys deliver a jammed-packed episode from the famous Teatro Ariston… well, not actually! But the boys do pick an Italian cherry from Sanremo 2019. Also look out for the boy’s unconventional musical interlude. Prego! Links: Italy 1958 – Domenico Modugno with “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)“ Italy 1997 – Jalisse with “Fiumi di...

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Finland

Joining Matt and Monty this week is Juha, Second Cherry’s resident Finn. Matt takes a back seat to drink wine and listen to Juha’a perspective on UMK, past Eurovision entries, and when Finland hosted in 2007. Despite the distinct lack of songs to choose from, the boys do pick a cherry for the Second Cherry...

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Australia

This week was a first for the Second Cherry team – an Australian cherry to pick! Our friends downunder threw a party in the form of their inaugural national final, Australia Decides. What cherry was picked? Do you agree with the team’s decision? Links: Dami Im’s performance of “Sound of Silence” at Eurovision 2016 Grand...

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Spain

In this week’s episode the boys are shouting “Viva Espana!” as they dissect a selection of potential cherries from the Spanish national final, Operación Triunfo. Shockingly, the cherry pick was unanimous across the whole team, but is it the song you’re thinking of? Links: Miki’s performance of “La Venda” at the Operación Triunfo Final Azucar...

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Denmark

This week the boys fly back to the Nordic region and pick the Danish cherry. Denmark and the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix is up for discussion, with some interesting throwbacks to Eurovision of yesteryear! Links: Denmark’s 1959 entry “Uh, Jeg Ville Ønske Jeg Var Dig” by Birthe Wilke Eurovision’s longest snog: Birthe Wilke & Gustav...

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Romania

What song and artist have been selected as the Romanian ‘cherry’ for the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019? Matt and Monty dig into what was, let’s be honest, possibly the most controversial national final of the season. And the boys finally reveal the BIG NEWS they’ve been hinting at in previous episodes! Links: Matt &...

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Sweden

It’s a BIG episode! Sweden and Eurovision – nuff said! Matt and Monty delve into this year’s Melodifestivalen and what is, arguably, still the biggest national final. Matt tells us about a chance encounter in a bar on the island of Gran Canaria! But the wait is over. Who has been chosen as the Swedish...

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Estonia

Matt and Monty head north again! This time to Estonia and the Eesti Laul national final. The now very popular show had everything: traditional and modern pop, slightly off-kilter cartoon postcards, branded clothing, and even a performance that Matt described as “Kinky Alice in Wonderland meets J-Pop-inspired sex club” So, why not settle down and...

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Germany

Guten morgen, guten tag, und guten abend to you, depending on your locale! Yes, it’s Germany’s turn to be put through the second cherry paces! Matt chats to German commentary legend, Peter Urban, and we find out what “annoyed the titting crap” out of Monty? And of course we see what song has been selected...

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Croatia

Croatia is under the microscope in this week’s episode. Monty takes us through a potted history of the Balkan country at the Eurovision Song Contest. And of course a cherry must be picked for the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019. Links: Charlie Mason (Lyricist) Wikipedia page Franka Batelić – “Pjesma za kraj” (Finale DORA 2009)...

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Iceland

In this week’s episode the boys go north, very north! Iceland is under the spotlight and it’s national final, Söngvakeppnin. We all know Hatari won and grabbed that ticket to Tel Aviv, but who will be selected as the Icelandic cherry? Links: Our logo designer: Tom @ Tomodo Photography Our web guru: Ross @ Electric...

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United Kingdom

The ‘home’ national final of our podcast hosts is done and dusted early in the series. Matt and Monty take a considered view on a change of format for the Eurovision: You Decide show, and the BBC’s approach to the selection process. Still wondering why the UK came last in the Grand Final? Listen to...

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Norway

We begin the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019 with Norway. Matt and Monty look back at the national final of Norway, Melodi Grand Prix. Just back from Tel Aviv, Matt also gives us his thoughts on the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Remember, you, the podcast listeners can vote on the cherries that are selected. Who...

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Teaser Episode

Ahead of our first series of the Second Cherry podcast, listen to the quick teaser episode to give you an idea of what to expect from the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019. The new series will begin very soon!

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