Stockholm Pride becomes Eurovision extravaganza
In the wake of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, artists from competitions old and new will be streaming to Stockholm in a few week's time for what is tipped to be the most Eurotastic Pride yet!
We recently reported that the first ever and most recent winners of Europe's favourite TV show would be taking to the Pride stage in Stockholm on the 1st of August. Now we can report that a whole array of Eurovision Song Contest artists from the past and present will be joining Lys Assia and Emmelie de Forest.
One of the biggest Pride events for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Europe, Stockholm Pride never fails to impress and this year looks to be no exception!
So far the following Eurovision Song Contest acts have confirmed their participation at Stockholm Pride next month. Quite impressive, don't you think?
She represented the United Kingdom at the 1996 contest in Oslo where she came a very respectable 8th place whilst also topping the UK, US and European charts with her song Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit.
Gina is very excited about performing at pride it seems: "My god, what will I wear?? Something that would make Lady GaGa's most extravagant creation look like a nun's habit, that's for sure!".
Emmelie de Forest
This year Emmelie stormed to victory in Malmö with her song Only Teardrops, bringing the Eurovision Song Contest back to the Denmark next year.
"I really look forward to Stockholm Pride, to meet the audience and sing Only Teardrops and a brand new song too. Together we will create a magical evening on the 1st of August", says Emmelie.
In 1956 Lys became the first ever winner of Europe's TV show with the song Refrain. She also went on to represent her country two more times in 1957 and 1958 and remains a big ambassador for the contest.
"It's an honour to get an invite to Stockholm Pride and to perform the first Eurovision winner Refrain. I look forward to meeting the Pride audience, who I've understood are hardcore Eurovision fans", says Lys Assia.
Roger Pontare & Marie Bergman
This pair are two of the Eurovision Song Contest's most celebrated veterans. In 1994 the two represented Sweden in Dublin with the ballad Stjärnorna. Marie also represented her country in 1971 and 1972 as part of the group Family Four whilst Roger went on to sing for Sweden in Stockholm in 2000 with the song When Spirits Are Calling My Name.
Winner of The Voice Belgique, Roberto Bellarosa represented Belgium at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö reaching the Grand Final. Now he will take to the pride stage with his entry Love Kills.
Talking about his participation he said: "I am very glad to participate in this huge event! It is amazing for me to come back to Sweden after the Eurovision Song Contest. Thank you so much for inviting me to sing Love Kills once again for you!"
She represented Finland at Europe's favourite TV show in Malmö this year with the song Marry Me, making shockwaves everywhere she went thanks to her iconic wedding dress and her Team Ding Dong causing a stir. Now Krista Siegfrieds is back, this time to perform at Stockholm Pride.
"I really hope that all of Stockholm is ready to Marry Me when myself and Team Ding Dong come on in our most extravagant wedding outfits on the 1st of August! I do, I do, I do. Get ready for some serious DiNG DoNG!", said Krista.
He made it to the Grand Final in Malmö this year for Ireland and now he is heading back to Sweden to stand on the Stockholm Pride stage with his catchy pop song Only Love Survives.
When asked about taking part in this huge event Ryan said, "I can't wait to perform at the Stockholm Pride in August! What better place to perform my Eurovision song Only Love Survives than at Stockholm Pride - filled with love and as I understand one of the best pride crowds in the world! I look forward to meeting loads of new people at Pride Park on the 1st of August. I hope to see you all there!"
Another artist that made heads turn at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, Margaret Berger represented Norway with the song I Feed You My Love reaching a very respectable fourth place. Since then her career has gone from strength to strength and she will now also grace the Stockholm stage next month.
Margaret said about performing at Pride: "The last time I performed at Stockholm Pride in 2007 was fantastic! I'm really looking forward to returning and seeing all the wonderful people".
For two years in a row Valentina represented San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest and it was recently confirmed that she will make a return to the competition in 2014! Now, she is going to join her fellow Eurovision-veterans in Stockholm for Pride 2013.
Of course not only Eurovision Song Contest singers will perform at Pride, which has a lot more on offer so why don't you check out their website for more news and the full line-up as it currently stands!