On the other side of the Atlantic, there is an enormous, exciting singing competition going on which only listens to one name: Eurovision Song Contest. The concept is quite simple: 43 European countries compete for the first place as the best song of the year.
For those of you who are already familiar with Eurovision, you may have noticed countries who are not considered officially European (plus Australia which debuted in 2015) participating. However, to clear the air, we need to say that participants need to be members of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and all of the participants, except Australia, are.
However, we are not here to talk about politics. After all, Eurovision is just a huge celebration, with many great dance songs, and hot guys. I mean, just look at 2015’s winner on the cover of Gay Times:
Eurovision and the LGBTQ+ Community
In case you wondered, yes. Eurovision is one of the hottest topics in conversations among gay people. The reasons vary
First of all, we are talking about a euro-pop vibe with many divas, colorful acts on stage which remind us of high-budget drag shows, and many many gay activist messages. However, one of the biggest moments came in 1998 when Israel sent the first transgender woman contestant.
Dana International had undergone a reassignment surgery just 5 years before she decided to join the Eurovision family in Birmingham, England. In fact, this was the first time EBU would feature a public televote, and the gay community supported her by giving her the victory.
It was right after Dana’s win when other countries decided that the competition’s stage was perfect for other, gay awareness moves. Since then, many others have touched topics like same-sex weddings, lesbian love, and hot guys holding hands. But it was not until 2014 when another, historical figure of the whole Eurovision Song Contest showed up: Conchita Wurst.
Austria is not the typical liberal country –in fact, many friends of mine who have lived there describe it as rather conservative. Nevertheless, Austria’s state broadcaster selected the bearded drag queen, Conchita, to represent their country in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Related: Conchita Wurst Discloses She Is HIV+
Of course, plenty of Austrians were outraged while social conservatives from Belarus and Russia filed a petition calling on their governments not to show Wurst’s performance. Despite the hate, Conchita won and she immediately became an idol –especially after her iconic victory speech:
“This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. You know who you are. We are unity. And we are unstoppable!”
Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Before we move to the 5 hottest guys of the competition, we are here to give you the latest news about this year’s ceremony.
First of all, the grand final is scheduled to take place on May 12 in Lisbon, Portugal, after Salvador Sobral’s last year win. This year, Eurovision is lit with many hot songs (and hot guys that we will cover in a bit) and amazing performances.
This year’s most likely participant to win? Eleni Foureira from Cyprus, an Albanian goddess who’s lived her whole life in Greece, but is representing this tiny country after Greece repeatedly denying her participation.
Runner-ups? Rybak from Norway followed by Netta from Israel whose song is so catchy that you will break the replay button. Listen for yourselves:
Top 5 Hottest Guys of Eurovision 2018
Hey babes, this is what you came for, right? Eurovision has a long tradition of countries sending hot guys as an attempt to get more fans to vote. This year is no different. Let’s start our hot, steamy countdown:
5. Alekseev – Belarus
The truth is that you have definitely seen much hotter men than Alekseev, but this guy here has something. The sparkle in his eyes and his plumped lips look so amazing on his symmetrical face that we just can’t stop staring at him.
He might not be the typical beefy guy that many would find sexy, but this romantic vibe surrounding him is so attractive that we just can’t even. Plus he has an amazing voice that can easily allure you.
4. Benjamin Ingrosso – Sweden
There is something about Swedish guys. We don’t know exactly what it is but there is definitely something attractive in their whole being. No matter how good looking they might or might not be, they always look sexy and desirable.
20-year-old Benjamin is not an exception.
Being a son of a dancer and a singer, we totally understand where this great artist got his star quality from. Take a look at his music video below, listen to his Justin Timberlake vocals, watch him dance like a pro, and try not to fall in love:
3. Waylon – The Netherlands
Guys, we need to get serious. There is a rockstar in the building who doesn’t tolerate a lot of sh*t. He is strong, he is a badass, he is all the things that every rock or country star comes with. He is Waylon –God, even his name sounds sexy!
Even though his great, raunchy voice reminds us of older big names in the industry, Waylon is not considered one of the potential winners of the ESC. But he has definitely won our hearts. Also, guys with daddy issues, get in formation. Waylon is 38 years old.
2. Mikolas Josef – Czech Republic
First of all, Mikolas has a cool name –I mean it’s like Nicolas but with an M. Second he looks like a real pop star. He knows how to rap, dance, be funny, sexy, handsome, all at the same time. But this is not why we fell in love with him.
We fell for him because he looks and acts like a complete lunatic young man! And crazy has always been attractive. Also, his biceps. HIS BICEPS!
1. Cesár Sampson – Austria
Dark skin, great body, cool height, desirable lips, beautiful smile, amazing voice. What else can I say about Cesár from Austria who (as you can imagine) used to work as a model back in the day?
Of course, he is considered the hottest guy of this year’s competition and, of course, the whole Europe is voting for him!
Fun fact you might not even care about: Two years ago, Cesár Sampson was in the Eurovision Song Contest as a background vocalist for Bulgaria. Fans went crazy when they saw him behind the lead singer.
Here is his song:
And here is a video about things you didn’t know about him (plus some hot shirtless photos):
Hot guys or not, Eurovision is definitely worth your attention. If you have the time, make sure you binge watch some of the videos uploaded on Eurovision’s official YouTube channel. We promise it is obsessing!