The international Eurovision Song Contest kicked off this week in Tel Aviv, Israel, and audience members went wild when a kiss cam zeroed in on several same-sex couples during a cover of Bruno Mars’s “Just the Way You Are” performed by 1998 Eurovision winner Dana International.
In 1998, Dana International won the Eurovision Song Contest, representing Israel.
Her amazing voice and an unbelievable life story changed everything for many around the world.
Her victory helped millions of people to be confident in who they are.#DareToDream #Eurovision pic.twitter.com/QhU3kXfi3T
— Eurovision (@Eurovision) May 14, 2019
Eurovision, now more than 60 years old and with more than 50 countries eligible to enter, requires participating countries to submit an original song to be performed on live television and radio.
Votes are then cast to determine a winner. The contest is broadcast primarily in Europe; its airing in places like Russia that are hostile toward LGBTQ people makes the queer kiss cam revolutionary.
In addition to the audience members who cheered as the camera panned to various same-sex couples kissing, social media users praised the inclusivity of the cam.
— go.wait.in.the.car (@yg_vs_yg) May 14, 2019
— Masha Misanthrope (@nicereminders) May 14, 2019
An image of two men sharing a kiss broadcast to millions across the world. Giving hope to people who live in countries where this simple act is a crime.
That’s the power of #Eurovision and I absolutely love it. pic.twitter.com/CEY9Rjommt
— Liam Beattie (@Liam_Beattie) May 14, 2019