- Eurovision fans are a big, friendly online community with a shared practice and interests. Moreover, whilst researching ESC communities online, I read comments of people and noticed that they all know each other really well on a personal level. On all the websites I researched I noticed interpersonal relationships happening between the members of communities. Fans become friends, and very often expand their communication online – – > offline
- Almost every single fan expresses concern about politics being involved in the voting process, and about the place that politics has in the contest in general. It seems to be true that the reason why neighbouring countries vote for each other is because they share a similar media landscape, often mentality and, therefore, cultural preferences and tastes in music. However, the absolute majority of fans find geographical patterns in voting and consider it unfair. It creates a rather unhealthy atmosphere inside the communities and opens up a lot of space for discussion.
- Fans have memes and inside jokes Popular memes pass over from one ESC community to another. They are a basic cultural practice of everyday social media interactions between the members. They also have a tendency to change annually, with the upcoming of new contestants and faces.
4. Fans, as well as experts, make bets on the winner song months before the contest. Betting is a huge integral part of the Eurovision culture. The odds are collected from bookmakers. This year’s odds so far:
5. Although Eurovision is predominantly seen as a pop music contest, it is clear that Eurovision fans across the world are of completely different tastes and preferences. That is the reason that each year we see songs of all popular genres represented on the contest.