You may be thinking to yourself, “what does Conchita Wurst (the bearded lady), Austria’s most iconic and fabulous pop superstar, have to do with Adelaide”? The answer is, Conchita Wurst is now our Lord and Saviour after winning Eurovision 2014 with the iconic anti-discrimination song Rise Like a Phoenix, so she is relevant to everything in the universe. Plus, Austria kind of looks like Australia if you squint.
In this article I am going to cover the five basic facts about your new spiritual leader, Conchita Wurst, that you should all know.
1. Conchita Wurst is actually an alter ego! Conchita’s real name is Thomas Neuwirth, an openly gay singer who gender-bends into his alter ego because he feels most natural performing this way. Conchita has explained in various interviews that herself and ‘Tom’ are two very different people, with two very different lives. Step aside Lady Gaga, Conchita is here to snatch your wig.
2. It was the first time Austria has won Eurovision since 1966! I think that’s when my mother was born… #GOCONCHITA!
3. The Russian political leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, is pretty upset that the fabulous new queen of Europe (in my humble opinion) won the competition, stating that the 59th annual competition is “the end of Europe” and, “there is no limit to our outrage”. Being a sore loser has never really been in fashion though so most people ignored the remarks.
4. Despite there being mixed reviews and blatant cases of transphobia exercised against her, Conchita has handled the attention (both good and bad) with poise, grace, and just enough sass to wipe the smile off her critic’s faces, and put a smile on yours.
“For me, my dream came true. But for society it showed me that people want to move on, to look to the future. We said something, we made a statement”
“I will just keep on doing what I do, living my life, and being true to myself. And if people join me in doing that, this world will be fabulous!”
“Hey, I’m just a singer in a fabulous dress, with great hair and a beard.”
You can read more about what Conchita has said about winning in an interview with Eurovision.
5. Her acceptance speech was pretty much perfect.
“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”, she said upon winning.
This is the world we live in and I couldn’t be happier! Check out Conchita’s winning performance below.