Norway could send a song called ‘I Am Gay’ to Eurovision and it’s truly something magnificent to behold
A straight singer is hoping to represent Norway at Eurovision by literally – and this time we do mean literally – saying “gay rights”.
Russia-born singer-songwriter Liza Vassilieva has entered the track “I Am Gay” for Melodi Grand Prix, Norway’s hotly-contested TV contest to select its Eurovision entrant.
The song is not exactly subtle, including the immortal lyrics “I just feel like dancing on the rainbow” and “I just wanna be myself every second, every hour, every day, because I am gay”.
Straight singer to perform ‘I Am Gay’.
Vassilieva – who Eurovision fansite Wiwibloggs reports “is not gay herself” – will compete in the next round of the contest on February 8, and is hoping to make it through to the 15 February final to earn the right to compete at the the 65th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, in May.
The artist said on Instagram: “Last summer, when we wrote this song, the plan was to write it for a different artist.
“The only problem was that we didn’t really know what artist we should pitch the song to. So we ended up sending it to MGP.
“I was NOT PREPARED AT ALL for what happened next. [Broadcaster] NRK offered me to perform the song myself, and obviously I couldn’t say no to such an opportunity!”
She added: “We put a lot of love and hard work into this song and the show, which will be live streamed on NRK this Saturday.
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“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed and shown support on this journey!”
Eurovision fans are honestly a bit baffled by it all.
It’s fair to say the song has had a mixed reaction from Eurovision obsessives online.
One Twitter user wrote: “It turns out Norway are literally saying gay rights.”
LGBT History Month kicks off with a Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix reveal:
I Am Gay by Liza Vassilieva
….it goes up against:
I Am Tired by Rob Holley.https://t.co/UMhEavxeug
— Rob Holley (@robholley) February 3, 2020
Another queried: “Whyyyyyyyyy make a song called I am gay WHEN YOU AINT EVEN GAY I’m glad she’s accepting but like BRUH.”
Reigning Eurovision champion Duncan Laurence of The Netherlands is bisexual.