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Sweden's Eurovision Winner Previously Called Homosexuality an 'Abnormality' - VIDEO

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Well this certainly puts a bit of a damper on the camp-tastic Eurovision Song Contest:

Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna on Sunday, beating Russia and Italy in the big international talent show which will be held in his home country next year.

The 28-year-old singer and TV presenter performed the winning electro-pop ballad Heroes, dancing in front of a black screen with animated gnomes.

Last year, Zelmerlow came under fire and subsequently apologized for saying “it isn’t equally natural for men to want to sleep with one another.” He also called homosexuality an “avvikelse” which can be translated as "abnormality." 
 
“I want to apologize to all who take offense," he said in a follow up statement at the time. "I believe and hope that the vast majority know that I respect differences and all forms of love.”
 
Watch Zelmerlow's winning performance during last night's Eurovision finale (which also featured a sky high performance by Conchita Wurst), AFTER THE JUMP...
 
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Conchita Wurst Soars to New Heights in Eurovision 2015 Opening Performance: WATCH

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Eurovision 2014 winner and gender-bending singer Conchita Wurst opened this year's Eurovision Grand Final with a soaring performance. The Austrian favorite ascended above the audience on wires before gracefully descending onto the main stage while singing the opening song "Building Bridges."

You can watch the stellar opening, AFTER THE JUMP

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(Bottom photo via Twitter)

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A Trip to Vienna For The Glamorous and Gargantuan Life Ball AIDS Benefit: Towleroad Abroad

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It’s one thing to hear about Life Ball, the enormous charity extravaganza that takes over Vienna annually to raise support for HIV/AIDS charities, but it’s quite another to experience it first hand. The over-the-top affair, including palatial parties and star-studded spectacles, attracts all sorts of guests, from the fabulous to the fringe.

Above all, Life Ball, organized by AIDS LIFE, is dedicated to supporting organizations that work with people who are HIV-positive or have AIDS. The annual event is the largest AIDS charity event in Europe. Its massive impact is fueled by the scale, grandeur and, yes, at times, rowdiness of the party that draws in the big names, big crowds and, most importantly, big dollars. In 2014, for example, Life Ball raised 2.3 million euros from tickets, drink sales, an auction and other events. (For more on Life Ball’s charitable impact, see our post here.)

We joined a small army of media, celebrities and drag queens venturing to Vienna last weekend to witness all of the Life Ball Austrian adventure for ourselves. Although we’re still recovering from a fab 48 hours in the capital city, we’ve got plenty of highlights to share.

The hills are alive with the sound of YAS GAWD, AFTER THE JUMP

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Gay Pride Flags Out In Force During Russia's Eurovision Performance 'A Million Voices' - VIDEO

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The Pride flags were out in force on Tuesday night during Russia’s performance at the Eurovision semi-final.

At last year’s Eurovision final, Russian act the Tolmachevy Sisters received a less than enthusiastic reception. This year however, the audience appeared to be generally enthusiastic during Polina Gagarina’s performance of “A Million Voices”.

MoldovaRob Watts, who was at the semi-final co-hosted by Conchita Wurst in Vienna, told BuzzFeed that he noticed many more pride flags in the audience during Russia’s song than in any other performance. “We were all told to be nice to all the countries ‘no matter who is in charge.’ We were asked not to boo anyone.”

His friend Laura Cress said “there seemed to be much less resistance [and] apart from the extra flags everyone around us actually really liked the Russian entry.”

Gagarina is likely a shoe-in to win but with Australia performing and voting for the first time anything could happen especially as Moldova’s ridiculous but brilliant entry “I Want Your Love” (right) and the Netherlands' old-school entry didn’t even qualify for the finals.

Watch “A Million Voices”, “I Want Your Love” and the Netherlands' entry, AFTER THE JUMP...

The second semi-final takes place tonight followed by the grand final on Saturday.

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Even The Traffic Signals Are Going Gay For Eurovision 2014: VIDEO

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6a00d8341c730253ef01a3fd05dc1f970b-500wiAhead of next week’s Eurovision, Austrian capital Vienna has made even the traffic lights gay.

Vienna will host this year’s musical extravaganza after Conchita Wurst’s (right) victory last year.

In celebration, the city’s traffic signals now feature gay and lesbian couples, some with hearts above them, reports Pink News.

A spokesperson for the city said the change came about to attract the attention of pedestrians and drivers in order to improve road safety and to “present Vienna as an open-minded city.”

Watch Conchita Wurst’s winning performance at Eurovision 2014, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Conchita Wurst Releases Music Video For Empowering New Single ‘You Are Unstoppable’ - WATCH

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Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst released a music video last Thursday for her new single You Are Unstoppable from her upcoming album Conchita due on May 18. The video prominently features Wurst along with dancer Laura Fischer providing visuals from what appears to be the bottom of the ocean.

Watch Wurst belt it out along with Fischer’s mesmerizing moves, AFTER THE JUMP

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