Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra therefore already won prizes today, with the OUT Music Award being presented to them before the Song Contest officially starts.
OUTtv held a large-scale survey about this within the European LGBTQ+ community in April. The OUT Music Award was created in 2010 and is striking: since then, six of the eleven favorite Song Contest songs within the LGBTQ+ community have also effectively become the winner of the Song Contest.
“It is no secret that the Eurovision Song Contest can count on a lot of ‘rainbow votes’ every year. That is why the OUT Music Award is also very relevant”, according to Jens Geerts (she/her/they/them), Eurovision expert and poster person of the European LGBTQ+ TV channel OUTtv.
“The organization also knows that this target group is an important part of the festival’s success story. The LGBTQ+ community simply has a good feeling for Eurovision music. This year’s Out Music Award goes to Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra, but our survey actually shows that Spain‘s song ‘SloMo‘ by Chanel is the top favorite within the LGBTQ+ community, but when asked who should win the Eurovision Song Contest, a large majority voted for Ukraine”, said Geerts.
“All Eurovision participants are of course deserved winners. However, ‘Stefania‘ stands out in many ways and not only because of their unique sound”, Jens continues.
“While frontman Oleh Psiuk (he/him) wrote the song about his mother, the song quickly took on a whole new meaning when the war broke out in Ukraine a few months later. Many people therefore interpret the song as the ‘motherland Ukraine’. with lyrics translated as ‘I will always find my way home, even if all the roads are destroyed’.”
“Now that it was also Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8, it will certainly have made many of us think about real priorities in life such as love, peace, tolerance and care. Many LGBTQ+ people know better than anyone how important it is to give and receive support. That is why the prize is certainly also to show moral support from the LGBTQ+ community to all Ukrainians. The Song Contest is always intended brought Europe together, and we must never forget this. We must continue to assist those in need. That is why we stand behind Ukraine”, says Geerts.
Belgian candidate Jérémie Makiese is also extremely popular with LGBTQ+ Song Contest fans. “Jérémie has a high cuddly factor and can certainly be counted as one of the better singers at this festival”, says Geerts.
“But in a year where countries such as Italy, the United Kingdom and Sweden send their most popular artists, it will be difficult for Belgium to compete. Yet many LGBTQ+ people see Belgium reach the final this year.”
Some of the OUT Music Award winners
2021: Malta, Destiny, ‘Je me casse‘.
2020: Bulgaria, Victoria, ‘Tears Are Getting Sober‘.
2019: Netherlands, Duncan Laurence, ‘Arcade‘.
2018: Israel, Netta Barzilai, ‘Toy‘.
2015: Sweden, Måns Zelmerlöw, ‘Heroes‘.
2013: Denmark, Emmelie de Forest, ‘Only Teardrops‘.
2012: Sweden, Loreen, ‘Euphoria‘.
2010: Germany, Lena, ‘Satellite‘.