ESCxPride: Paul Oscar!

Photo By: Artist’s Official Facebook Page

June is when Pride events of the LGBTQ+ community take place all over the world. In order to pay our tribute to the community we are going to release a series of posts, where we celebrate LGBTQ+ supporters that took part in ESC.

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Paul Oscar – Minn hinsti dans

In 1997, Iceland selected Paul Oscar and his song “Minn hinsti dans”.

It was composed by Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson and Trausti Haraldsson. Conductor of the live performance was Szymon Kuran and the song placed 20th with 18 points.

Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson was born March 16, 1970, in Reykjavík, Iceland. In 1993, he left Iceland and moved to New York City. The same year he released his debut album. Two years later, he established his own record company and his second album. In 1997, he was internally selected to represent his country in Eurovision.

After Eurovision, he released a number of albums and singles. In 2005, he was one of the judges of the Icelandic version of Idol and in 2006 was one go the judges of The X-Factor of Iceland. Throughout the years, he has worked as a DJ too.

Iceland 1997

In 1997, Ireland selected Paul Oscar to send in Eurovision with the song “Mine Hinsti Dans”. Oscar became the first openly gay artist to perform at the contest. However, his appearance is remembered by the sexually dancing moves of Oscar and his dancers.

What do you think about Paul Oscar? Do you like his entry? Let us know in the comment box below!

Don’t forget to #openup to Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

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