In the winner’s press conference the 10 finalists have been celebrated by the press and fans. Every winning performer was able to pick the lottery box, with a ticket for either the first or second half as a starting position in the Grand Final on Saturday
In the winner’s press conference the 10 finalists have been celebrated by the press and fans. Every winning performer was able to pick the lottery box, with a ticket for either the first or second half as a starting position in the Grand Final on Saturday:
Each winning country was allowed to get two questions. Iveta from Armenia mentioned that she has waved a flag of the controversial region Nagorno-Karabakh and uttered that this belongs to her mother country. On the other hand this regions officially belongs to Azerbaijan and an Azerbaijani reporter uttered angry comments that this region belongs to Azerbaijan. At the end the Azerbaijani singer Samra emphasized that the ESC is about music and not politics. This has been an unpleasant atmosphere in the press centre.
The Russian singer Sergey and the composer Philip Kirkorov have been asked about the LGBT rights in Russia. If Russia wins, how secure can the visitors feel in Russia? Both Sergey and Phillip emphasized that there is lively gay scene in Russia and for special events like the Olympic Games or Eurovision the guests are protected. Even Philip Kirkorov has guaranteed his support that gays and lesbians are very welcome to the ESC in Russia, wherever it might take place Sotchi, St. Petersburg or Moscow.
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