Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most popular international music contests in the world. It features previously selected contestants who travel to a designated venue in a European city to represent their own countries and compete with fabulous performances and self-produced songs.
Mostly in Europe, every year, people are anxiously waiting for the contest to happen; but outside the European continent, there are many people who might not know about Eurovision or the reason behind its popularity. Moreover, the fact that this contest is way too popular amongst the LGBT community has also gone unnoticed.
For those who do not know what Eurovision is here is a hint, it is the contest in which international celebrity Conchita Wurst became popular by winning first place representing her home country Austria. Now, some would say that the fact that a controversial LGBT icon such as Conchita came from the Eurovision contest makes the event an LGBT one. However, it goes beyond that.
Eurovision as an international event brings a message of unity, inclusion and projects the values of tolerance and diversity; symbols that are fully aligned with the spirit of LGBT rights and pride. In addition, fans have stated that Eurovision is an event “…full of an emotional experience, all songs are about falling in and out of love”. Plus, the glamour, the spectacle, divas on stage “…all those things that most gay men for instance invest in to get away from the norms of masculinity.”
And yes, of course Eurovision have had so many LGBT moments in the past that have left a pink mark on it such as drag queens performances, a lesbian kiss by Finnish contestant Krista Siegfrids in 2013 or the legendary performance back in 1998 by transgender Israeli contestant, Dana International which broke so many stereotypes at the moment.
This year, the 63rd edition of Eurovision will take place from May 8th – 10th in Lisbon, Portugal the home country of last year’s winner Salvador Sobral. Forty-three countries, mostly European will participate, including others such as Australia, Israel and Russia who was absent on last year’s edition. As usual, experts say that France, Germany, Spain and Italy will get to the finals, but this year Israel is also a big favorite not only to get to the finals, but to perhaps win the contest.
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