‘Making Your Mind Up’: Britain, Europe and Eurovision-Scepticism

  • Ben WellingsEmail author
  • Zoë Jay
  • Catherine Strong


This chapter argues that the history of Britain’s ambivalent involvement in the Eurovision Song Contest is linked to Britain’s ambivalent involvement in the process of European integration from 1961–2016. Early promise and active engagement gave way to a narrative of decline that was both a symptom and a cause of progressive disillusion with and disengagement from Europe. Memories of former greatness prevented an active engagement with both Eurovision and European integration from the 1990s: memories of the defiance of Nazism in 1940 in the case of the EU; and memories of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ in the case of Eurovision. British responses to Eurovision remain trapped between aloofness and an inability to compete successfully.


Eurovision Song Contest United Kingdom Englishness Euroscepticism National identity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  3. 3.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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