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Semi-Final 2 of Eurovision 2022: A Big Bag of Ballads, Rock Music, and More! (episode 7)

The wave of rock crested with Måneskin and is now receding. Queer respresentation by Israel raises questions about the perils of excessive self-esteem, and Australia gives us a sad boy song with Billy Porter style. Serbia’s entry achieves cult favorite status, but can it win the competition? We also talk about appropriation and the limits of its appeal.

Thirsty for Eurovision is a celebration of Eurovision music, culture, theatricality, and queerness. Hosts Cody Sisco and Raúl Rojas are thirsty and passionate about the event, fans, creators and major players in this event.

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Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2022: Favorites, Forgettables, and Fun Bops (episode 6)

We love Eurovision on a train, a motorcycle, in a disco, with hair whipping back and forth. There are songs we want to dance to in the clubs, and songs we’re rather not think too much about. Raul and Cody call out what’s to love (or not) about each song in Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2022.

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Peace Peace Love Love from Sweden: pre-Eurovision 2022 Chat with Melodifestivalen’s Bella Qvist and Olivia LePoidevin (episode 5)

Music is a force for reaching across barriers and bringing light to the world. Thirsty for Eurovision co-hosts Raúl Rojas and Cody Sisco chat with Bella Qvist and Olivia LePoidevin, the English-language commentators for the 2022 Swedish song contest, Melodifestivalen. We explore their “Melofest” experiences, their earliest memories of Eurovision, and the songs that will linger long after a winner is announced. This is a celebration of international queer cultural exchange that Eurovision makes possible. Stay tuned to the end for reflections on the American and Canadian song contest and how they measure up on the LGBTQ scale set by Eurovision’s example.

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All About Melodifestivalen 2022: An American Guide to the Swedish Song Contest (episode 4)

Raúl and Cody re-cap highlights of Melodifestivalen 2022, including rainbows, horse gods, dubious stage props, and twink realness. They discuss Tone Sekelius, Cazzi Opeia, Cornelia Jakobs, John Lundvik, and more, including reactions to the winning acts and close runners up. Also, they celebrate 3 minutes of Swedish fame from being called out for margaritas and breakfast tacos by the show’s official English commentators.

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Highlights from All Inclusive Eurovision: A Fun Platform For Progressive Culture (episode 3)

Cody and Raúl chat about how Eurovision creates a platform for inclusivity and diversity beyond queerness. They also celebrate sexy 2021 performances by female-identifying artists. Finally, they dive deep into Eurovision lore by examining Charlotte Nielsen/Perelli and Verka Serduchka.

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Highlights from Hunks, Queerness, and Geopolitics: The Appeal Of Eurovision (episode 2)

Raúl Rojas and Cody Sisco are hot and thirsty for so many Eurovision hunks, including Måns Zelmerlöw, Amir Haddad, Tom Leeb, John Lundvik, Gábor Alfréd Fehérvári aka Freddie, Sergey Lazarev, Nicky Byrne, Eric Saade, and many more. We couldn’t stop ourselves. Listen to find out who took the most points.

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