Aussie-Fying Eurovision: Local Commentary as Media Interpolation

  • Jessica Carniel


Local commentary of the contest plays an important role in interpolating the Eurovision Song Contest for specific national audiences. For its first twenty-five years, Australian audiences received the BBC broadcast with commentary by the late Sir Terry Wogan, introducing consistent Australian commentary from Sam Pang and Julia Zemiro upon Wogan’s retirement in 2008. Fans value knowledge, passion, and humour from their commentators, which have been delivered by Australian commentators with various degrees of success. This chapter explores these mixed views of Australian Eurovision commentary with a particular consideration of how multiculturalism and queerness are utilised within this national context.


Commentary Media interpolation Multiculturalism Queerness Humour 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica Carniel
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  1. 1.School of Arts and CommunicationUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia

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