WATCH: Petition aims to ban bearded drag performer from Eurovision
A petition which has been launched to remove a bearded Austrian drag queen performer from the upcoming Eurovision competition has so far received thousands of signatures.
Drag artist Conchita Wurst, real name Tom Neuwirth, is set to represent Austria in the upcoming contest with her ballad Rise like a Phoenix, however her hopes to perform may be dashed with petitions in the Ukraine, Russia and Belarus calling for her entry to be disqualified or editied out of the broadcast in their country.
According to news agency Reuters, Russia has declared its disgust for the competition by appealing to the broadcaster to ban the program, stating in its petition:
"Austria will be represented in the Eurovision 2014 by the transvestite contestant Conchita Wurst who leads the lifesytle inapplicable for the Russians.
“The popular international competition that our children will be watching has become a hotbed of sodomy at the initiation of the European liberals.
“That is why we are against the Eurovision 2014 to be broadcast in Russia.”
Conchita Wurst will perform in the semi-final on May 8 and if successful will advance to the grand final on May 10.
Watch Wurst's performance of Rise Like a Phoenix below.