PRESS RELEASE – The Israeli song ‘TOY’ should win the Eurovision Song Contest according to the European gay viewers of OUTtv and therefore deserves the OUTmusic Award 2018. Israel won with a convincing majority of votes, followed by Belgium, France, Australia and Czech Republic.
Since 2010, the gay television channel OUTtv (to be watched in the Benelux, Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Canada) holds a major online poll every year, allowing viewers from all over Europe to predict who, according to them, should win the Eurovision Song Contest. This year more than 4,000 gays did that. It is the ninth time that OUTtv organizes the poll. The winner receives the OUTmusic Award even before the song contest officially has started. The winner of the OUTmusic Award has always achieved a top three position in the final, except for Italy last year.
“It is no secret that the Eurovision Song Contest can count on a lot of ‘gay votes’ every year, which is why the OUTmusic Award also has great relevance,” says Jens Geerts, ambassador of OUTtv Europe. “The organization knows that this target group is an important part of the success story of the contest. Every year, several European media ask us for the Eurovision predictions of the gay community, because gay people have great knowledge when it comes to Eurovision music,” explains Jens.
Singer Netta, who represents Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest this year, could not control her tears when OUTtv presenter Jens Geerts let her know that the European gay community supports her. Jens states that her song ‘TOY’ could become the gay anthem of the upcoming Eurovision years. Netta states: “It is silly that I have to cry over this, but it’s nice to get recognition. I want to thank my parents in the first place, they have always told me how beautiful I am and for a long time I didn’t want to believe them, but they have always supported me without any doubt. And to everyone who feels like an outcast: do not forget that we should not waste time. We have to have more fun. Think “outside the box.” Miracles do not just happen. You make your own miracle and it is a long-term process. ”