Monday, May 22, 2006

Guide to the Eurovison Songcontest, Pt. 1

Last Saturday the Eurovision songcontest was held in Europe. And for all those non-European gays out there reading this post: here's a very short guide to the Eurovision Songcontest. Or at least my personal perception of it.

There's something about the Eurovision Songcontest that attracts many gays from all over Europe, me included. Frankly, I have absolutely no clue what it is, but it might be the tacky outfits, the off-note singing and the abundance of over-the-top acts, all presenting themselves as bigger than life... I started to get addicted as early as the age of four, in the year 1980. The contest was the one night a year I was allowed to stay up late and one of the few nights each year my dad was not in control of the remote control.

The first well documented act of gayness outed by this blogger was in the year 1986 (age 10) and was closely related to the Eurovision Songcontest. I grew up in Drenthe, a rural area of The Netherlands, and I've had my basic education on a very small school. I was in a class of just four boys and four girls (the biggest class in many years). Every year we had a school play, preceded by some acts chosen by the school's kids. You're guessing it... my first documented gay act was to persuade my male classmates to lip-sync 'Frizzle Sizzle', that year's Dutch all-girl contestant for the Eurovision Songcontest, for the warm-up to that year's school play. Surprisingly nobody even raised an eyebrow about four boys in skirts doing a lip-sync act... but (oh my) in retrospective I was sooo gay back then! :))

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