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By Heiko Motschenbacher

This publication makes a speciality of linguistic practices of identification building in a favored tradition media context, the Eurovision tune Contest. Subscribing to a normativity-based method of severe discourse research, it reviews Europeanisation because it surfaces on the discursive interface of eu, nationwide and sexual identities in Eurovision lyrics and performances. examine in severe discourse research that offers with Europeanisation, or the discursive paintings concerned about ecu identification formation, has up to now often studied info from ecu political contexts that illustrate a top-down method of what Europeanness ability. the current e-book enhances this prior examine in different methods, concentrating on the linguistic building of identities, and its interrelation with non-linguistic modes of signification within the Eurovision music Contest. Discursive mechanisms that end up to be crucial for the normative shifts of Europeanisation within the given context are de-essentialisation, inclusion, camp, crossing and languaging.

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In 2009, the media reported that the Russian president Vladimir Putin had attended the rehearsals of the ESC in Moscow. ESC winner Conchita Wurst was invited to speak in front of the European Parliament on 4 October 2014, only some months after her victory. In short, even though the ESC is officially claimed to be an apolitical event, one can easily identify (overt and covert) political aspects. After all, a central mechanism pervading the contest is that of national representation in front of a pan-European audience, and this aspect makes any claims of being apolitical questionable.

This changed in the 2000s, when three newcomers (AZE, SEM, SER) managed to form the top three of the decade. 7). The 1980s and 1990s, however, were a period in which mainly EU countries reached the top five. This has also changed recently, with four non-EU countries (AZE, RUS, SEM, SER) in the top five of the 2000s. 6 Most successful countries by decade, in relation to first ESC participation Rank 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 1. FRA (1956) UK (1957) UK (1957) UK (1957) ITA (1956) SEM (2004) 2.

Dana International ’s victory in 1998 is widely considered to mark the coming out of the ESC as an LGBT-friendly event (Singleton et al. 2007). Before this time, this affinity was also in effect, but it was more of a closeted kind. g. Bauer 2015 on AUT, Fricker et al. 2007 on IRL, Jackson 2006 on the UK, Lemish 2004, 2007 on ISR, Moser 1999 on SUI, Wolther 2001 on GER). This predominance results in a community-based atmosphere of homonormativity (see Motschenbacher 2012b, 2013b), in which the identity category “gay man” is perceived as the norm and camp aestheticisation plays a central role (see Allatson 2007; Fricker 2008; Pajala 2007b; Rehberg 2007; Rehberg and Tuhkanen 2007; Singleton et al.

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