A HISTORY student who was laughed at for doing his dissertation on Eurovision has got a first.
Taylor Carolan chose the annual song contest as the subject of his final essay as he is such a devoted fan.
And the 21-year-old, who grew up watching the event while his parents held parties to celebrate, was rewarded with a top grade.
Él dijo: “When I first posed the idea to my personal tutor he actually laughed.
“He said Eurovision is only known for crap music but I definitely proved him wrong because I got a first.
“Eurovision is disregarded a lot of the time as camp rubbish with terrible music.
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“My dissertation proves there is more to it — it’s not just entretenimiento."
Taylor, of Ashbourne, Derby, admits he is a Eurovisión obsessive, having become hooked on the spectacle as a child.
But he wanted to take a more in-depth look as he came to the end of his three years studying history at Manchester Metropolitan University.
After compiling 180 pages of colour-coded notes, he knocked out the 4,000-word dissertation in just five days.
It tackled the show’s cultural diplomatic and political tensions as well as exploring how it had given a platform for LGBT and ethnic minority performers.
Taylor, now working in a café as he ponders his next career move, dicho: “If you’ve got a passion for something, just go and write it and it will all go well.”