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American Song Contest to be premiered next 21st March
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American Song Contest to be premiered next 21st March

NBC - the American broadcaster which will organize the US's version of the Eurovision Song Contest - had delayed the launch of the contest and it shall now premiere on 21st March, after a surge of Covid-19 cases in the country. The Grand Final is scheduled to air on Monday 9th May, one day before the First Semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The contest will feature original songs and performances representing all 50 states, plus the capital and five US territories, where the winner will get the prize for Best Original Song. 'American Song Contest’ is produced by an incredible team, composed by Audrey Morrissey, Anders Lenhoff, Christer Björkman, Peter Settman, Ola Melzig, and Gregory Lipstone alongside Propagate’s Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens.
UMK2022: Finalist competitors revealed
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UMK2022: Finalist competitors revealed

Today, YLE, the Finland's national broadcaster, revealed the seven finalists who will compete in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 22 for representing Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Cyan Kicks – Hurricane BESS – Ram pam pam The Rasmus – Jezebel Younghearted – Sun numero Olivera – Thank God I’m an Atheist Tommi Läntinen – Elämä kantaa mua Isaac Sene – Kuuma jäbä The first song by Cyan Kicks - "Hurricane" is already out and you can listen to it right below. The alternative rock band is comprised of members Susanna Alexandra, Niila Perkkiö, Leevi Erkkilä and Pietari Reijonen and was created back in 2016 and since they they had released two studio albums. "We want to do our part in really keeping rock in the limelight!", the band said. They also got nominate...
Festival di Sanremo selects their first “transvestite” co-host: Drusilla Foer
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Festival di Sanremo selects their first “transvestite” co-host: Drusilla Foer

After so many years and after great critiques over the too-catholic and family oriented style of Festival di Sanremo, Amadeus (the host) has finally given the LGBT+ people someone they can see themselves in, selecting Drusilla Foer as his co-host for the kermesse. The National Festival of the Italian Song - Festival di Sanremo 2022 - is about to start in less than 3 weeks, and after all the critiques received in the past years, for being “too catholic and/or family oriented”, their main Host - Amadeus - who’s already hosted Sanremo in the past, selected among others, Drusilla Foer to be his co-host during the festival. The choice, of course, comes as a big surprise for the Italian audience, that is used to a very long, too times boring, 5-evenings-event, where the winner also got the cha...
ISRAEL to finally allow surrogacy for same-sex couples!
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ISRAEL to finally allow surrogacy for same-sex couples!

A historic change in the faith of thousands of same-sex couples in the first Democratic Middle Eastern Country. Tuesday 4th December 2021,  was already a big day for Israel when single men are allowed to become parents but now, years and years of peaceful fights, finally made a little dream come true: Nitzan Horowitz - Israeli Health Minister - told a press conference (as reported on Reuters): “It is a historic day for the LGBTQ struggle in Israel". In fact, same sex couples will be allowed to finally have access to surrogacy treatments in Israel with no need to travel abroad to fulfil their dreams.  https://twitter.com/NitzanHorowitz/status/1478287973733044224?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1478287973733044224%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fattit...
Ronela Hajati will represent Albania with “Sekret” at Eurovision 2022
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Ronela Hajati will represent Albania with “Sekret” at Eurovision 2022

Last night, Ronela Hajati was declared as the winner of Festivali i Këngës and therefore the Albanian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The competition was divided on 3 galas, where ultimately 17 out of 20 entries advanced to the last evening's final. This last show was noted as "Eurovision Night" and artists were also allowed to add English, or any language, to their songs' lyrics. Ultimately, the whole decision was laid upon the jury, who chose Ronela as the great winner! You can watch the winning performance right below. What do you think of the Albanian's entry for this year's Eurovision?
Festive film: Single All the Way
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Festive film: Single All the Way

It’s Christmas Eve and that means it’s time to settle down with a glass of something and some festive cheese – which could be a slice of stilton or could be the hugely enjoyable SINGLE ALL THE WAY on Netflix. Yes, it’s very American, very Hallmark, and very ridiculous but isn’t that just what we want at this time of year – particularly when it is a cute gay romcom that isn’t about trauma or coming out or dealing with an unsupportive family. Peter (Michael Urie) is heading home from LA to New Hampshire for Christmas, but doesn’t want the annual nag from his parents about why he is still single. When plans with his current squeeze go awry, he persuades his best friend and roommate Nick (Philemon Chambers) to come with him – initially thinking they will pretend to be dating, just to appeas...
Amanda Georgiadis to represent Greece at Eurovision 2022
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Amanda Georgiadis to represent Greece at Eurovision 2022

It's out of the box: Amanda Georgiadis will represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Earlier in September, Greek broadcaster ERT announced an open call for an internal selection, from which only 5 artists advanced to the final round. They were Good Job Nicky, Joanna Drigo, Elias Kozas, Lou Is and Amanda Georgiadis. Amanda stood out amongst the contenders and will represent Greece at Eurovision 2022. Amanda Georgiadis is a Norwegian singer of Greek heritage, born in the city of Tenfjord. She studied medicine before getting into the music industry and has been an avid eurofan for many years.  Her musical style mixes up modern pop electronic with folk and ambient sounds. The entry she submitted to Eurovision is, according to herself, an "emotional ballad". "Kill the Lone...
First song for Eurovision 2022 released: “Intention”, by Intelligent Music Project for Bulgaria
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First song for Eurovision 2022 released: “Intention”, by Intelligent Music Project for Bulgaria

We have now our very first song for Eurovision 2022! After some speculation, Intelligent Music Project has been confirmed as representatives for Bulgaria with their entry "Intention". The Bulgarian rock supergroup is consisted by the Chilean lead singer Ronnie Romero, as well as drummer Stoyan Yankoulov, who previously represented twice Bulgaria along with Elitsa Todorova, in 2007 with the song "Water" landing on Top 5 and then again in 2013, with "Samo Shampioni", missing qualification. The remaining 4 other members are Bisser Ivanov, Ivo Stefanov, Dimiter Sirakov and X Factor winner Slavin Slavchev. "Intention" is a classic rock song with 80s vibes, with its own guitar riff moment. According to what the group had shared with Darik Radio: "The song raises the question of each of us’ p...
PHILADELPHIA – the film about AIDS and Gay Love that shook the world.
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PHILADELPHIA – the film about AIDS and Gay Love that shook the world.

Maybe too few young LGBT+ friends know, remember or have even ever watched this movie, but Philadelphia was and still is one of the first movies that opened the eyes of the world on the stigma of AIDS, Homosexuality and the gay community. On this World Aids Day I am willing to take you back in time, to when in 1993 (Europe saw it in 1994) Philadelphia (the movie) was released in the cinemas across the USA, touching the hearts of so many people, and talking about a very harsh, too often unspoken, issue: HIV stigma and homosexuality.  It is a movie that is hard to face, especially in some scenes, and because of the language used in it: but it is part of the real world that LGBT+ and HIV+ people had to face in those years. A movie that I remember having watched several times and different...
World AIDS Day – 5 golden rules to prevent HIV infections
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World AIDS Day – 5 golden rules to prevent HIV infections

Sex is one of the most satisfying activities for the greatest number of human beings. But sex does not only involve your body... it must also involve your head, as if it does not, then we run serious risks. Having a fulfilling sexual life is fundamental for many people of different ages, and we do agree that sex is also a fantastic way to explore our bodies and become one only body with the other person(s) and to share with them a spiral of feelings and emotions that no words can express. So we thought about 5 golden rules to respect and follow to enjoy sex as much as possible and reduce the risk of contracting HIV, but before you start reading them, there is something you always have to remember. Sex is something you make using both your head and your body, so please, always feel your...
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