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Eurovision 2021 has got the first official song of the contest
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Eurovision 2021 has got the first official song of the contest

It is the national Albanian selection that give Eurovision 2021 the first official song. Anxhela Peristeri has won the 59th edition of Festivali I Këngës, and together with her song ‘Karma’ will represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam. The final was aired on 23rd December 2020 on RHTS and among the 18 participants, Anxhela really showed what talent and music together can do on a stage. Anxhela is not new to this festival, in fact her first participation in Festivali i Këngës is dated back to 2001. Her career is rich in awards and musical achievements: so far she has been singing in concerts, festival like  Kënga Magjike, Çmimet Kult, Netët e Klipit and YFSF and she has also showed how good a songwriter she can be. In 2004 she released an album titled Anxhe...
Eurovision 2021 – Israeli’s selection has started
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Eurovision 2021 – Israeli’s selection has started

No worries at all: Eden Alene has already been re-confirmed for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. So what is Israel selecting? The song Eden will be performing! This year the entire process will be held online. The professional committee set up by KAN has listened to over 200 songs which were sent in anonymously and has shortlisted the 10 songs from which the one that will be performed in Rotterdam will be chosen. The selection process is easy and transparent: everyone - visiting KAN's dedicated website - will be able to vote for their favourite one. By the end of the selection the 2 songs which will have received the most votes together with a third one decided by the committee, will be contending - as it happened in 2020, but this year will be an online selection ...
Sanremo 2021: the list of singers who could possibly represent Italy to Eurovision 2021
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Sanremo 2021: the list of singers who could possibly represent Italy to Eurovision 2021

Festival di Sanermo is the biggest songs competition in Italy that has a tradition of over 60 years, and since the return of Italy to Eurovision, is also the contest that decides who will represent the country to Eurovision. Twenty-six singers - the so called "bigs" - will compete on the stage of the Sanremo Festival between 2nd and 6th March 2021 - still it not clear whether the competition will be only streamed and no audience will be allowed in the theatre or if it will be a "business as usual" event. It is a tradition now that the winner of this festival will represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest, even though we've had an exception so far, where Francesca Michielin - placed 2nd - represented Italy that year as the winners - which felt too old for such a competition - decid...
Film recommendations: Queering your festive viewing
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Film recommendations: Queering your festive viewing

For so long, the Christmas cheesy film has been very straight, very white, usually revolving around 2.2 children. But finally things are changing and here are some ideas for some festive queer in your seasonal viewing. At last, same-sex stories are hitting the mainstream and this is something we need to celebrate. The Prom is an over-the-top song-and-dance cheese-a-thon (yup, cracking out the multi-hyphenates for this one!). A troupe of self-obsessed Broadway has-beens are looking for a new project to give them a social media boost – and decide to help teenager Emma. The school prom in her small town in Indiana has been cancelled by the PTA because they don’t want her to take her girlfriend – prom must be mixed sex couples, or it isn’t happening at all. It’s a musical extravaganza, fron...
Eurovision 2021 – Serbia and Ireland confirm their representatives
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Eurovision 2021 – Serbia and Ireland confirm their representatives

Official news from Serbia and Ireland for Eurovision Song Contest 2021: let's get ready to a Hurricane of music! Yes, it is official, Sanja Vučić, Ivana Nikolić and Ksenija Knežević - The Hurricane -  will represent Serbia in Rotterdam with a brand new song to be selected by RTS viewers at a later date. The news was confirmed with a post on twitter https://twitter.com/SerbiaESC/status/1339548816144551942 And also Ireland reconfirms their contestant for Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam! Roy will compete for the country on the stage our beloved song contest as announcement by RTÉ. Lesley has been working hard on her new song that has now been chosen and will be revealed in the New Year.     View this post on Instagram ...
Croatia starts the engines for Eurovision 2021
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Croatia starts the engines for Eurovision 2021

Dora 2021 is the TV show that will decide the Croatian winning song who will represent the country at Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam. HRT - Croatian Radio and Television yesterday announced the start of the competition that will select their next artist for the most loved and watched music show of all the world: ESC2021. The same tv has also released the names and titles of the 14 singers and songs who will compete in the National Final Show Dora 2021. Let's see who they are 1. Filip Rudan - Blind 2. Bernarda - Colors 3. Ella Orešković - Come This Way 4. Sandi Cenov - Kriv 5. Beta Sudar - Ma Zamisli 6. Brigita Vuco - Noći Pijane 7. ToMa - Ocean of Love 8. Eric - Tell Me 9. Nina Kraljić - Rijeka 10. Ashley Colburn & Bojan Jambrošić - Share The Love 11. Mia ...
France starts the selections for Eurovision 2021
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France starts the selections for Eurovision 2021

The French selection for the next representative at Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam has started, and it is promising good songs. "France will return to a National Final but with a new concept and a new name", this is what France Télévisions announced when presenting the new 12 contestants for the National Selection of ESC, and the new format is now called Eurovision France - C'est vous qui décidez! - basically "you decide!". Who are the 12 singers in the contest this year? LMK - Magique Ali - Paris Me Dit Casanova - Tutti Barbara Pravi - Voilà Cephaz - On A Mangé Le Soleil Amui - Maeva Andriamad - Alléluia Philippine - Bah Non Juliette Moraine - Pourvu Qu'on M'Aime 21 Juin Le Duo - Peux-Tu Me Dire? Terence James - Je T'Emmènerai Danser Po...
French MP Clément Beaune comes out publicly and announces a trip to Poland.
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French MP Clément Beaune comes out publicly and announces a trip to Poland.

The French MP for European Affairs, Clément Beaune has decided to publicly come out on the eve of a trip to one of the so-called "LGBT-free zones" in Poland. An almost unexpected action by this French MP who said: "I'm gay. I have no problems in revealing it", which happened just a little before his trip to Poland, a very homophobic easter European country. The initiative is also linked to its commitment to defending the rights of the LGBT+ community in the rest of Europe. The message was given to an LGBT+ French magazine, Le Têtu. The minister explained that his homosexuality has never been an obstacle in his political career, and he announced his next visit to one of the Polish municipalities that have declared themselves "LGBT-free". "I wouldn't want people to say I'm fighting 'L...
Hungary bans same-sex couples from adopting children
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Hungary bans same-sex couples from adopting children

Victor Orban and his homophobic group of MPs are continuing the ferocious and hatred campaign agains Hungarian LGBT+ population. The legislation put forward by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's right-wing government says only married couples can adopt, with some exceptions for single relatives of the child who is going to be adopted. Until this law, even if same-sex marriage is illegal in Hungary, adoption has been possible if one partner applied on their own. This is such a dark moment for human rights, and not only in Hungary. From now on single people will require special approval from the government to adopt. In the same amendment approved on Tuesday family is defined as "based on marriage and the parent-child relation. The mother is a woman, the father a man". B...
Anti-LGBT+ Lithuanian MP appears on cam with a naked man during on-line official meeting
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Anti-LGBT+ Lithuanian MP appears on cam with a naked man during on-line official meeting

A naked young man flashes behind Lithuanian MP Petras Gražulis during a conference call of the parliament’s Culture Committee. The conference was being streamed live on YouTube and around the end of minute 13, Mr. Gražulis turns on his camera and a half naked man can be seen behind him for a few seconds before the cam gets turned off again. https://youtu.be/j5c6ADXuMjs MP Petras Gražulis is very well known for his strong and homophobic Anti-LGBT+ politics and positions in Lithuania. Vytautas Juozapaitis, chairman of the committee, said that his could influence and put the integrity of the Parliament in serious risk. He also added: "It’s probably the responsibility of every member of parliament to ensure that no other people appear in their home environment. [...] I did not notice...
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