Language and Eurovision

Monsieur Adams

I’m sure every European blogger under the sun has written about last night’s Eurovision Song Contest and I wouldn’t want to repeat what they have all inevitably said. However, there is a tenuous link between language and the contest that has inspired me to write about it.

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Firstly, for my non-European readers, a whistle-stop tour of the Eurovision Song Contest. Every year since 1956, various European nations have taken part in the largest international singing contest in the world. Each nation submits a song and, provided that they make it through the semi-final, battles it out in the grand final for a chance to win…the pleasure of hosting next year’s competition.

Despite the diplomacy and union that the competition boasts, Eurovision is riddled with political controversies. Firstly, the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Germany all automatically qualify for the final regardless of their previous performances because of their financial contributions…

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