Posted: Sunday 11th May 2014 at 12:36 pm

Austrian bearded drag queen wins Eurovision


An Austrian bearded drag queen has won the annual Eurovision song contest in Denmark, watched by 180 million people in 45 countries.

Conchita Wurst, real name Tom Neuwirth,  triumphed in Copenhagen  on Saturday with 290 points with  the song http://www.eurovision.tv/page/timeline , Rise Like A Phoenix. The runner-up, Netherlands, scored 238 points. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaolVEJEjV4

Collecting the trophy on stage, Wurst said: “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.”

Wurst, Austria’s first Eurovision victor since 1966, attracted controversy prior to the event. Online petitions began in Armenia, Belarus and Russia to have the singer removed or edited out of broadcasts in their home country.

The Russian petition garnered more than 23,000 signatures and one politician in the Russian city of St Petersburg said Russia should boycott the event, saying it had become a “pan-European gay pride parade”.

Wurst, who wore high heels, false eyelashes and a full beard, told a news conference afterwards: “For me, my dream came true. But for our society, it just showed me that there are people out there who want to go into the future and go on, you know, not stepping back or thinking in the past.”

Russia suffered at the hands of the live audience, with people booing countries that awarded it points. The loudest and longest boos were, however, reserved for the Russian presenter reading out votes for participating countries.

Russia gave Ukraine  seven points. Ukraine gave Russia four.  Ukraine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URJpM5s9ya0  finished in sixth place and  Russia http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/05/ukraine-president-warns-step-into-abyss-201451015141896899.html finished seventh. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPI7AnD_QS8

Comments:
This article has 0 comment, leave your comment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

+