(See video below).
“This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom,” said Conchita, who was clearly shocked and moved as she won last night’s Grand Finale with 290 points, with the Netherlands and Sweden coming second and third respectively.
The crowd at the event in Copenhagen was rooting for Austria’s 25-year-old drag queen entrant, although tensions were high as the crowd’s booing could easily be heard any time a country gave a high vote to Russia. The crowd’s reaction would appear to have been due to Russia’s anti-gay laws, as well as recent events with the Ukraine.
Russia, Ukraine and Belarus had all petitioned Eurovision to edit out Austrian entrant Conchita Wurst from this year’s competition, as the presence of a drag queen in the contest had been branded by the Russians as “inapplicable” to their way of life. Despite the Eurovision’s notoriety for being so gay-friendly (watch last year’s interval act in Malmö, Sweden) Russia announced its disapproval for this year’s Austrian entrant in a petition which had reportedly been signed by thousands.
Nevertheless, Conchita’s victory this year means that the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Austria next year, most likely in Vienna. In the meantime, enjoy the wonderful performance of Rise Like A Phoenix below.