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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.


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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Gay Austrian Politician Attacked with Acid at Pride Parade

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Austria's first openly gay politician, Ulrike Lunacek, was attacked with acid at Vienna's Rainbow Parade on Friday, The Local reports:

An unknown assailant sprayed butyric acid at the politician as she was giving an interview on the sidelines of the parade. Lunacek and the interview team were not injured.

The acid damaged the Greens MP's clothes and the camera equipment. According to police spokeswoman Barbara Riehs, the acid caused around €50,000 worth of damage to the electronic equipment. The attacker had not yet been found on Sunday.

Organizers said more than 150,000 people were at the parade which circumnavigates the city's historic downtown area.

Said Lunacek:

"Never before has there been an attack at the Rainbow Parade," said Lunacek at the end of the event at Vienna's City Hall. These kinds of isolated cases showed that the fight for tolerance, acceptance and respect in Austria was not over. People who spread fear and hate needed to be opposed, she added. Homosexuals and transgender people needed to combat fear and show that they were not only part of society, but at the centre of it."

Lunacek (pictured in green on the float, below) tweeted on Monday: "Commitment for equality + EU strategy gg. Homophobia continues unabated. Thank you for support!"


Secret Meeting Held in Vienna by Arch-Homophobes Seeking to Rid Europe of 'Satanic Gay Lobby'

A meeting of anti-gay minds seeking solutions to rid Europe of the "satanic gay lobby" was held in Vienna over the weekend, the Austrian Independent reports:

MalofeewThe meeting was hosted by Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeew (right) and his Saint Basil the Great Charitable Foundation and was attended by nationalists and Christian fundamentalists from Russia and the West. These were thought to include the chief Russian ideologist of the Eurasian movement Alexander Dugin, the nationalist painter Ilja Glasunow, and MPs from far right parties including the Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache.

According to Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger, who say they managed to confirm the event tok place from two independent sources, the meeting was hosted at Vienna’s Palais Liechtenstein under conditions of extreme secrecy.

Also reportedly attending was 24-year-old Marion Marechal-Le Pen, a French politician for the far-right National Front party.


Adam Lambert and a Pack of Shirtless 'Thieves' Debut a New Song at Vienna's Life Ball: VIDEO

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Vienna's Life Ball 2013, Europe's largest fundraiser for HIV/AIDS, took place on Saturday night and Adam Lambert played up to the "1001 Nights" theme with a costumed take on "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves". Lambert debuted a new track called "Love Wins Over Glamour".

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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UPDATED: George Michael's Condition Worsens

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Recent news reports on George Michael's health are pretty grim. Yesterday, Andy reported that the star was hospitalized in Austria for severe pneumonia. Today, we have this, from The Vienna Times:

Doctors treating singer George Michael on the 13th floor of the Vienna AKH general hospital say his condition has worsened overnight ... He was taken by ambulance to the city's top Rudolfiner private hospital in the 19th district of the city, where a decision was taken to move him to the main general hospital - the AKH.

The hospital refused to say why the star was moved but it is believed it was decided that the singer's condition was so acute that it would be better if he was moved to the AKH - the biggest in Europe and where many of the continent's top medical experts are based because of the advanced facilities it offers for research as well as treatment.

... [Michael] is currently in intensive care on the 13th floor of the red tower as a result of heart problems believed to be caused by the shortage of oxygen caused by his pneumonia.

On Thursday afternoon he was fitted into a special full-body bed designed to keep all the pressure off his lungs and to help them to function - so far without any sign of improvement.

UPDATE: Not all sources are in agreement on the state of Michael's health. The Daily Mail quotes doctors from the Medical University of Vienna saying Michael's "condition has stabilised and he is responding to treatment."

Here's hoping. But even if the doctors' optimistic assessments are true, the 48-year-old singer will be unable to complete his Symphonica tour, of which 14 dates remain. The doctors offer no estimates of the length of Michael's recovery, but insist that for however long it lasts, "complete rest and peace and quiet are mandatory."


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