Those who have been in the arena of the Semi Final 2 have experienced the overwhelming performance of Conchita Wurst. The Austrian performer this year is a drag queen with a beard. That quite unique and has never been seen on a Eurovision stage like this.
Of course there have been other men in women’s dresses like Verka Sedutchka or Sestre, but Conchita is a special species. All the media interest around this art figure has come to a climax here in Copenhagen. The discussion is not about the beard, it’s more about the fact that homosexuality is still not tolerated all over Europe. In particular Russia has strengthened its law against the rights of gays and lesbians.
Will there be votes from the Eastern European countries for Austria this year? Is this performance to provocative? Will the TV viewers switch the channel during her performance?
If countries would disturb the broadcast of the Austrian entry they will automatically be disqualified, technically this can be checked.
The song “Rise Like A Phoenix” is a brilliantly composed song with a James Bond atmosphere. Conchitas voice is clear and strong and she obviously enjoys being on that stage very much.
People in the arena did not only spend a lot of applause and standing ovations because of her message and the person Conchita is playing, the song is very convincing and in this combination this entry has something very special.
Later people will argue it was clear that Conchita has won the ESC, but in consideration of the more conservative viewers, jury members and countries, Conchita could also fall deeply.
Nevertheless, this could be Austria’s year with Conchita Wurst, a true phenomenon with a unique appearance who stands for tolerance and positive affirmation.
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!