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Conchita Wurst Returns As Presenter And Host For 2015 Eurovision Contest

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The glamorous Conchita Wurst, Austrian winner of 2014's Eurovision Song Contest, is returning to the song contest in a different capacity reports Pink NewsWurst is returning for the May 2015 contest as a presenter, and will also host the Green Room segment of the show, interviewing the current acts. Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer are taking up the main hosting roles during the event.

Wurst is also set to perform 2014's winning song "Rise Like A Phoenix," during the 2015's Contest Grand Final. The 2015 Contest is set to take place in Vienna. Wurst also performed in October at the European Parliament in Brussels and in the same month performed in front of the United Nations where she met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Several conservative countries were irked, including Russia, when Wurst won the 2014 Contest; Russia went so far as to revive a Soviet era Eurovision rival as a 'family friendly' alternative, but the notion was quietly scrapped this Summer.


YouTube's 2014 Rewind Is All Viral Everything: VIDEO

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YouTube has unveiled its video wrap up the memes, moments, and people that made 2014 featuring some of the year's biggest tracks remixed by DJ Earworm. Towleroad readers will likely recognize more than a face or two in this mega-mix that includes Tyler Oakley, Sam Tsui, Conchita Wurst and Pentatonix among many, many others.

Re-cap the year in viral sensations, AFTER THE JUMP...

Which moment do you think will stand the test of time?

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Conchita Wurst Releases Dramatic New Music Video for 'Heroes': WATCH

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Bearded drag performer Conchita Wurst has released a dramatic new video directed by Clemens Purner for his power ballad "Heroes", which is the follow-up to "Rise Like a Phoenix", the track which led to the Eurovision crown.

According to Sony, Wurst came up with the concept for the video which represents a relationship between two people. A man is asked to reconsider his previous actions and do something good for humanity, to be a hero.

Wurst was recently honored by the United Nations in Vienna for his work on behalf of the LGBT community.

Watch the new video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Conchita Wurst Unveils Lyric Video for New Track 'Heroes': WATCH

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Eurovision winner and bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, who performed last week for UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon at the UN in Vienna, unveiled her new single "Heroes" today, along with a minimalist black-and-white lyric video.

Listen to the single and a dance remix, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Conchita Wurst Performs at UN for Secretary-General, Dignitaries: VIDEO

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Earlier we reported that Eurovision winner and drag queen Conchita Wurst met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN in Vienna after Ban praised her work for LGBT and human rights.

Wurst also performed Cher's "Believe" and "Rise Like a Phoenix", her winning Eurovision song.

Watch her performance, as well as Ban Ki-moon's full remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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UN Secretary-General Praises Conchita Wurst and Her Human Rights Advocacy

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This morning in Vienna, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a meeting with Eurovision's Conchita Wurst. Reunters reports Secretary-General Ban praised Wurst for her talent, as well as what she represents from a human rights perspective.

Despite the UN's somewhat uneven track record on gay issues, this news is the latest in a consistant trend of good news for LGBT people out of the U.N.

Secretary-General Ban thanked Wurst for turning Eurovision into a "moment of human rights education." 

Said Ban: 

This year I extended benefits to same-sex partners of U.N. staff members... Discrimination has no place in the United Nations...When I heard that [Wurst] won this Eurovision song contest I immediately knew that she was a star of the world.

Reuters points out Ban's endorsement is particularly meaningful at a time when global tensions over LGBT issues are rising. They quote a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who criticized Wurst, saying she symbolised "ethno-fascism," and a "decadent agenda" that the West tries to impose. 

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