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WATCH: The Year of Conchita Wurst

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With 2014 about to expire, Eurovision is taking a look back at the year that belonged to its song contest winner, Conchita Wurst. 2014 was a banner year for Wurst, not only landing the song contest's top honors but also flummoxing hate-mongers, spurring the creation of a separate drag-free Russian Eurovision (which failed before it got off the ground), strutting down the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier, taking on Cher, performing for the U.N. Secretary-General, and through it all, always managing to rise like a phoenix.

Take a look back at the year of Conchita Wurst, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Conchita Wurst Says She Wants to Spend a Week With Putin to Better 'Understand' Him

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In an interview with Austria's Kurier newspaper, Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst explained her desire to visit Russia and spend a week with Vladimir Putin in order to better "understand" him.

The Local Austria reports:

“What does it mean to be Vladimir Putin? What pressure is he under?” she wondered. “At the end of the day, Putin just wants to be respected. This desire for respect unites Putin with minorities.”

PutinWurst added, however, that whatever pressure Putin is under does not excuse his country's discriminatory laws and that she has many fans in Russia which to her is "incredibly beautiful because it shows that many Russians do not agree with the decisions of their government."

RT notes Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, "reportedly laughed off the possibility of a meeting between Wurst and the Russian president".

Check out Wurst's full (German language) interview with Kurier here.

Earlier this month, we reported Wurst would be returning to Eurovision Song Contest next year as a presenter and host. 


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.


Bearforce 1 Is Back And Looking For An 'Action Man' - VIDEO

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The bearband Bearforce 1 (whom some of you may remember us telling you about back in 2007 and 2008) has returned after the original group broke up five years ago. Band leader Robert Brown returns with a new line up of bears. As Joe.My.God points out, the newly reformed group is entering the 2015 Eurovision song contest as an entrant for Switzerland with their new song "Action Man." 

Bearforce is back alright, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Russia Cancels Anti-Gay Eurovision Alternative - VIDEO

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Russia has canceled plans to hold it’s own drag queen-free Eurovision alternative, reports Attitude.  

The “Voice of Eurasia” - which originally ran in the Soviet era between 1977 and 1980 - would have consisted mostly of countries from the former Soviet Union.

Following this year’s Eurovision, Communist Party deputy Valery Rashkin said that the “madness” of Conchita Wurst’s win had exhausted Russia’s patience.

In a statement at the time, the country’s Slavic Committee said:

“Conchita Wurst's Eurovision victory symbolises the complete collapse of the European Union's moral values. We do not need Europe!”

However, although the show’s producers will not hold the event next month due to the current “political situation” in Russia, they are still planning to host the contest in 2015.

ICYMI, watch Conchita’s magnificent Eurovision performance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Russian Reps Under Investigation For Homophobic Conchita Wurst Cartoon - VIDEO

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Two Russian politicians are under investigation after using a video depicting Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst to announce their anti-gay platform, reports The Moscow Times.

The six-second video by Murmansk city council representatives Oleg Guz and Almaz Gismeyev - which has since been deleted - depicted several cartoon figures resembling Wurst gathering a sign reading “There will be a parade!”  The video then shows Guz and Gismeyev shaking hands while a voice-over announces their names and the slogan “Against Loudmouths and Gays.”

Although GayRussia.eu said that Guz and Gismeyev uploaded the video themselves, it is unclear whether it was an official campaign video for the upcoming municipal elections on Sept. 14.

Prosecutors in the city are investigating the video for evidence of incitement to hatred.

Check out Conchita Wurst's showstopping winning Eurovision performance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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