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Bearded Austrian drag queen wins Eurovision song contest

Published on May 11, 2014 11:58 AM

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - Bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision contest early on Sunday with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix", beating expectations that the eye-catching performance would be too controversial in socially conservative countries.

The 25-year-old performer, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, took the Eurovision crown in Copenhagen with 290 points compared to 238 points for runner-up the Netherlands, in what Eurovision fans had anticipated would be a more closely fought race.

It was Austria's first Eurovision victory for 48 years.

"We are unity, and we are unstoppable," Ms Conchita said after winning the glitzy competition.

Conchita Wurst representing Austria poses with the trophy after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 10, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: EPA
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