Conchita Wurst eurovision

Drag Queen Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst was the clear winner at this year’s 59th Eurovision Song Contest performing her song “Rise Like a Phoenix”.

In a sign of how the contest mirrors larger social and political trends, Wurst’s ballad “Rise Like a Phoenix” was an instant hit with the live audience, but was sharply criticised by social conservatives in Russia and Eastern Europe who see the campy annual event as a sign of the decadent and morally corrupt West.

“This is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom,” said Conchita Wurst, the persona adopted by Thomas Neuwirth, 25, adding that, “we are unstoppable.”

After Ms. Wurst, the Common Linnets of the Netherlands, a country duo, placed second, and Swedish pop star, Sanna Nielsen, third.

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