Drag queen Conchita Wurst of Austria wins 2014 Eurovision
Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst of Austria has won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
The gender-bending performer took the Eurovision title in Copenhagen with the song ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’, garnering 290 points over runner-up the Netherlands with 238 points.
Above: Conchita Wurst winning the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: EBU
It caps a roller coaster journey for the drag star (real name: Tom Neuwirth), who attracted controversy with transphobic and homophobic petitions to have her removed from the contest.
“For me, my dream came true,” Wurst told reporters at her post-win press conference. “But for society it showed me that people want to move on, to look to the future.
“We said something, we made a statement.”
VIDEO: Check out Conchita Wurst's winning performance below