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Celebrating Reykjavik Pride in a pink viking ship

Celebrating Reykjavik Pride in a pink viking ship

Páll Óskar, the Icelandic representative in the1997 Eurovision Song Contest, has participated in every single Reykjavík Pride parade. And, being the sparkling person that he is, he never fails to impress. Last year he sailed through the streets of the Icelandic capitol on the back of a huge, sparkling white swan! When it‘s time for this year‘s parade, he will be sailing through downtown Reykjavik again, but this time in a real size pink viking ship. Yes, you read that right. A real size. Pink. Viking ship. The idea, Páll Óskar tells gayiceland.is, is to pay respect to all the queens who have been silenced throughout the centuries in Iceland, ever since settlement. Ethnologist and historian Særún Lísa Birgisdóttir has researched old, Icelandic manuscripts, starting with the settlement of Iceland, looking for any mention of gay people. „The few things she found were nicknames, terms of abuse and strange descriptions of beardless men and manly women,“ explains Páll Óskar. “What struck me in Særún’s research was the almost total silence surrounding the history of gay people in Iceland, their lives and feelings. She could barely find anything on the matter until around the second world war. It is as Icelandic gay men …
Molly Pettersson Hammar is doing ‘Something Right’

Molly Pettersson Hammar is doing ‘Something Right’

Melodifestivalen 2015 singer Molly Pettersson Hammar has just released her brand new single. The song is called “Something Right” and is due to be included in the singer’s debut album expected to be released later in the year. The song is similar to her Melodifestivalen song, “I’ll Be Fine”, and also has similar sounds to songs by British singer Ella Henderson (“Ghost” and “Mirror Man”). It is definitely what I would call a “summer song”. The song was written by Molly herself together with Lisa Desmond, Tim Larsson and Tobias Lundgren and was released digitally just today. You can listen to the song below.
Tele2 Arena back in the race after all?

Tele2 Arena back in the race after all?

Earlier today, Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported that Tele2 Arena and Friends Arena will not put in a bid to host the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. However, one of the people quoted there has now sort of withdrawn his statement… The CEO of Hammarby, Henrik Kindlund, stated that they could not make room for Eurovision for four to six weeks earlier today. We reported this story here. That same CEO has now however said that there may be a possibility for Tele2 Arena to host Eurovision after all. He said so in an interview with Stockholm Direkt. Kindlund however added that moving Hammarby from Tele2 Arena will only be possible if a good solution is found. It is not sure what kind of solution Kindlund was aiming for, but it seems he’s contradicting himself today… A story to be continued!
Simon Cowell ‘interested’ in leading UK selection

Simon Cowell ‘interested’ in leading UK selection

It’s already been a week since the Eurovision final and whilst this week has seen major chart success for many of this year’s entries including Måns Zelmerlöw’s winning song ‘Heroes’, the UK entry ‘Still In Love With You’ has had no such impact after plummeting the scoreboard with only 5 points. The UK’s disappointing result has sparked media coverage which saw leading newspaper The Sun publish a double page spread earlier in the week demanding that the BBC change their strategy. However, The Mirror has since reported that music mogul Simon Cowell has expressed his interest in taking charge of the UK’s selection. Speaking to the tabloid, the X Factor judge who is responsible for kick starting the careers of acts such as Leona Lewis, One Direction & Little Mix revealed that he has considered the challenge. ““One hundred per cent I’d love to take the reins for Eurovision. I have thought about it. “The idea of taking it on for one year and trying to get someone to represent the UK, someone new – I’d love that.” He admitted that he thought Electro Velvet didn’t stand a chance with the 1920s Swing inspired entry ‘Still In Love With You” …
Australia may become a solid participant, says JOS

Australia may become a solid participant, says JOS

In news that will not surprise many people, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, has said to to SVT Melodifestivalen that Australia may become a Solid participant. This, of course, follows on from the bombshell dropped in February that to celebrate this 60th edition of Europe’s favourite television programme, Australia would be allowed to participate as a one-off guest entrant. We already knew that if Australia’s Guy Sebastian won with “Tonight Again”, they would be allowed to defend their crown whilst hosting the competition in a European city. Now, Jon Ola Sand has opened the door to the possibility of expanded the competition permanently to allow Australia in. He said the following to SVT Melodifestivalen: Australia has demonstrated that it can deliver the good things, and the interest is huge in the country, so it is clear that we will discuss whether to extend the contest. This is not in place permanently, and we have not discussed the issue in the EBU Reference Group, but the idea is interesting. The SVT Melodifestivalen team asked, in response, “Could the criterion for participating be that the interest in Eurovision in that country is large, instead of it …
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