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.
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