We hope other Eurovision representatives are taking notes – because someone is already in the running for this year’s Miss Congeniality.
While empowering the masses with his Eurovision entry, “Roi”, Bilal Hassani added a personal touch on a recent trip to Tel Aviv by taking time to meet his Israeli supporters, including those in the LGBTQ community.
The singer arrived in Tel Aviv this past weekend to film his Eurovision ‘postcard’ – the short video clip that will precede his Eurovision performance in May.
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PRESS RELEASE: French Eurovision Representative Visits Tel Aviv LGBTQ Community _____________________ Singer Bilal Hassani met with members of the LGBTQ Community in Tel Aviv _____________________ Bilal Hassani, who will represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest with "Roi", arrived in Tel Aviv this past weekend to film his “Postcard”, a short clip that will accompany his Eurovision performance. _____________________ On Friday morning (March 1), Hassani attended a gathering with members of the LGBT community in Tel Aviv. The event took place in the presence of Itay Pinkas, the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipal Council Member in charge of LGBT affairs. The meeting was organized jointly with the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, The French Embassy in Israel and the Municipal Tel Aviv LGBTQ Center. _____________________ Bilal Hassani met with elderly members of the LGBTQ community at the Reich Community Center. After the meeting, Hassani met with 20 young members of the LGBTQ community who were thrilled to meet the rising star. ________________________________ Bilal Hassani, the French Representative of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest said during the meeting: "Thank you for the warm welcome. I had an incredible time in Tel Aviv and I am very sad that I have to leave; I was very moved by all of you. The song “ROI” which I will be performing at the Eurovision talks about acceptance and self-love, and I am grateful that thanks to you, I can be myself, regardless of what others will say”. In addition he thanked the elderly members of the LGBT community for “the work you did for my generation”. ___________________________________ Tel Aviv-Yafo City Council Member Itay Pinkas: “Many are inspired by Bilal. He embodies perfectly the values of the Eurovision Song Contest: solidarity between people and nations, the love of art as music and the courage to share a different voice. In the name of the City and the Municipality, we are proud to welcome Bilal.” ___________________________________ Photo Credit: Tom Dvash, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality ?? #eurovisionsongcontest #eurovision2019 #eurovision #[email protected] @iambilalhassani
Showing his appeal extends beyond age, Bilal met with elderly members of the LGBTQ community, who he thanked for the impact they made on his generation of LGBTQ members. He also met 20 young members of the community.
During the meet and greet, Bilal explained the importance of “Roi” to his audience:
“The song “Roi”, which I will be performing at the Eurovision, talks about acceptance and self-love, and I am grateful that thanks to you, I can be myself, regardless of what others will say”.
In attendance was Tel Aviv-Yafo City Council Member Itay Pinkas, who spoke highly of the French star:
“Many are inspired by Bilal. He embodies perfectly the values of the Eurovision Song Contest: solidarity between people and nations, the love of art as music and the courage to share a different voice. In the name of the City and the Municipality, we are proud to welcome Bilal.”
Bilal has kept fans well entertained on his trip, treating his fellow EasyJet passengers to a mini-cabaret show to flaunt his undeniable charisma and talent.
As Tel Aviv is gearing up to welcome Bilal (and all the rest of us) once more in May, only time will tell whether the rest of Europe will be welcoming our French Roi into their hearts at the Eurovision final.
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