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Russia booed at Eurovision Semi-Final

Russia booed at Eurovision Semi-Final

With a theme of #JoinUs, the 59th Eurovision Song Contest has been welcoming contestants and fans from all over Europe for the televised competitions this week in Copenhagen.

On Tuesday night, Europe voted for ten countries to make it to the Eurovision grand final. Those through to the final are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Russia, San Marino, Sweden, Ukraine, and Gay Star News favorite Iceland

After the Russian Tolmachevy Twins performed their song Shine, Danish TV managed to capture a shot of them behind one of the many rainbow flags being waved by the crowd. As expected, there was loud booing throughout the arena when it was announced that Russia had made it to the final, linked to the country’s anti-LGBT laws.

Gay Star News also spent time hanging out in the press room, where we had our pictures taken with past participants Jedward (who won a special award for Eurovision’s Tallest Hair), and had a chat with the Macedonian entry, Tijana, performing on Thursday.

She encouraged us to visit Macedonia. ‘In Macedonia we have so many gay clubs, and great gay clubs! What you want to find, you will there.

‘This country is full of sun, with warm people, with beautiful people, with talented people and with the most important thing for you guys – open minded people. Come to Macedonia!’

She also encouraged us to vote for her song Take to the Sky, saying: ‘My song is about peace, love, understanding and equalness. Just be yourself, and live your dream no matter what. No matter who you are. Just be yourself and everyone will love you.’

Eurovision is not just about the show, but also about the parties! At the Euroclub, the Finnish entry from last year, Krista, performed a cover of Like a Virgin while marrying two guys together.

Our Eurovision press coverage continues tomorrow with a preview of Semi Final two.