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Austrian Drag Performer Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision: VIDEO

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Austrian drag performer Conchita Wurst has won the Eurovision Song Contest, BBC reports:

Drag act Conchita Wurst won the competition with her song, Rise Like a Phoenix, with 290 points.

Collecting her trophy she 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."

The Netherlands finished second with 238 points with Sweden third with 218.

Check out her showstopping performance and her reaction to winning, AFTER THE JUMP...



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  1. The Netherlands song was really one of the best songs in recent years

    Posted by: jjose712 | May 10, 2014 7:16:50 PM

  2. Wurst does best! LOVE IT!!!!

    Posted by: kyle | May 10, 2014 7:38:09 PM

  3. When is Shirley Bassey gonna record this track? It is just so HER.

    Posted by: Qj201 | May 10, 2014 7:51:49 PM

  4. This has elements of a classic "Bond" song. And it is pretty magnificent.

    Posted by: PlaidCat | May 10, 2014 8:06:10 PM

  5. Congratulation, Conchita. Are you available for the next Bond theme?

    Posted by: Glenn I | May 10, 2014 8:21:17 PM

  6. Between Conchita wining and Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend when he heard he got drafted this is a pretty darn good day for gaydom.

    Posted by: bicurious | May 10, 2014 8:26:01 PM

  7. I love her artistic name.

    Posted by: machito | May 10, 2014 8:26:42 PM

  8. Is that a wig or her real hair? My gawd, he must be a pretty man. I'd love to see him out of costume.

    Posted by: petensfo | May 10, 2014 9:24:37 PM

  9. There was an element acceptance from countries that it wasn't expected

    Posted by: Gordon | May 10, 2014 9:47:09 PM

  10. @petensfo

    Here's Tom Neuwirth (Conchita Wurst) out of makeup:

    Posted by: woodroad34 | May 10, 2014 10:12:33 PM

  11. This song totally sucks but then that's not what Eurovision is about.

    Posted by: Gregoire | May 10, 2014 10:27:46 PM

  12. Gross. Why are we celebrating a mentally ill bearded man in a dress? And BTW, has he even said he is gay? He might not even be. He is counting on fools to equate being gay with being a bearded dude in a dress.

    Posted by: Tyler | May 10, 2014 10:32:07 PM

  13. Awesome! Now s/he won't have to go back to work at the circus!

    Posted by: Vann | May 10, 2014 10:41:48 PM

  14. Blargh. I was flushed with ELATION when Michael Sam got drafted this afternoon. And now this cut-rate drag queen is getting media attention right next to the Michael Sam columns! The best of times, the worst of times...

    Posted by: will | May 11, 2014 12:17:24 AM

  15. Girl got AMAZING pipes and awesome stage presence, Im not hating on her but....that song is like a D-grade James Bond theme.

    Posted by: Toto | May 11, 2014 2:06:28 AM

  16. What a joke.

    Posted by: Mike | May 11, 2014 2:27:05 AM

  17. I certainly don't consider this a gay victory or a gay issue at all. Do we even know if this creature identifies as gay? I hope not.

    We need more role models like Michael Sam and Jason Collins and Ellen Page, LGB adults who can show LGB youth that being gay does not mean that you are weird or in conflict with your gender.

    Posted by: Pete Frankas | May 11, 2014 2:51:13 AM

  18. It was awesome performance. The Netherlands had great song.

    Posted by: Matt27 | May 11, 2014 2:52:15 AM

  19. Congrats Conchita, you were amazing and got my vote! :)

    Posted by: calcifer | May 11, 2014 3:27:51 AM

  20. @PETE FRANKAS -- the western democracies don't stand up to the eastern bloc institutionalized anti-gay bigotry by parading a draft-pick in european headlines: they honor talent, beauty, audacity and diversity. It's a matter of scale and this win is condemnation of Putin and his expanding east bloc policies. Don't be so provincial in your view.

    Posted by: BillyExPat | May 11, 2014 3:40:21 AM

  21. Conchita Wurst not in drag: Better learn German:,w=559,c=0.bild.jpg

    Second from the left


    Posted by: tfg | May 11, 2014 3:55:01 AM

  22. Eurovision has more viewers than the Super Bowl.

    Conchita is the drag persona of a gay man.

    A gay man in drag just won Eurovision.

    Russia and the conservatives East and West are not happy.

    Posted by: KevinVt | May 11, 2014 4:59:03 AM

  23. See Conchita out of drag, and for those of you wondering if Conchita is gay:

    Posted by: mike | May 11, 2014 5:22:26 AM

  24. The perfect Eurovision tribute to Putin and pretty much the perfect Eurovision performance. I love how still and confident she was while the pyrotechnics blazed around her.

    @Pete: You know what, for every gay kid who identifies with Michael Sam or Ellen Page or any number of other worthy role-models, there's another kid who'll identify with and be totally inspired by someone like Conchita (someone like them). It's a great big world out there, with room for all kinds of role models and all kinds of triumphs. Not all of them have to suit you.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 11, 2014 7:01:04 AM

  25. I'm shocked! Happily so! I thought it was great that Austria had selected her as their entry, but did not expect her to win because of bias. There were many hurtful things publicly said about her, yet she kept her chin up and I've yet to hear of her even acknowledging the negativity and ignorance. Anti-gay Legislators in Russia made it very public that they wanted to pull their contestants out in protest, and wanted the broadcast to be banned nationwide if she remained involved. Bravo, all around! This is a triumph, an inspiring, positive portrayal of someone Trans, Gay, or Other (thank you KevinVT for clarification), publicly across 2 or more continents, and it involves the Arts. That definitely trumps some jock's shallow b/s.

    Posted by: DC | May 11, 2014 7:06:00 AM

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