The most talked-about act before the competition, Austria’s Conchita Wurst has won the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen with “Rise Like a Phoenix”, a very “007” power ballad.
The drag performer, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, developed a consistent lead as voting progressed, and ended up with 290 points. The “bearded lady”, as the 25-year-old is known, had stirred controversy especially in some eastern European countries like Russia, just to name one of them.
“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,” the winner said as she was presented with the trophy.
Congratulations to Conchita Wurst, whose triumph gives Austria its first Eurovision victory since 1966.
Watch her performance after the jump and let me know your thoughts.