Sweden: Two Eurovision winners at Stockholm Pride 2013

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Two Eurovision winners will perform at this year’s Stockholm Pride in August.

The contest’s first ever victor, 89-year-old Lys Assia, will perform at the event on 1 August along with the contest’s most recent, Emmelie de Forest. Both performers will take to the stage as part of Stockholm Pride’s Eurovision Night at Pride Park on Östermalm IP.

Lys Assia won the inaugural Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland in 1956 and competed again in 1957 and 1958. She also participated in the Swiss selection processes in 2011 and 2012 and has regularly attended the grand final of the competition.

It is an honour to be invited to Stockholm Pride and perform the first ever Eurovision winner Refrain, she said of her forthcoming appearance in Sweden. I very much look forward to meeting the audience at Pride, who I understand are true Eurovision fans.

This year’s Eurovision winner, Emmelie de Forest, who lives in Copenhagen but has strong family ties to Sweden through her father, has also spoken of her excitement about the event. I’m really looking forward to Stockholm Pride, to meeting the audience and performing Only Teardrops and a brand new song, she said. Together we will create a magical evening.

Stockholm Pride’s official anthem this year will be performed by 2013 Melodifestivalen contestant, Janet Leon. New colours was written by Grammy-nominated songwriter Jörgen Elofsson with Jesper Jakobson, and Lisa Desmond. Elofsson has previously written for many former Eurovision artists including Céline Dion, Charlotte Perrelli, Jedward, Agnetha Fältskog and Jessica Andersson, who represented Sweden at the contest in 2003 as part of the duo Fame.

Pride stands for something fabulous and I feel honored to be able to contribute with what I’ve got to give, Janet said of the event. I’m so excited about this!

Stockholm Pride runs from July 30 to August 3

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