Conchita Wurst Of Austria Wins Eurovision Song Contest - Wsj.com

May 13, 2014

Wurst, whose onstage drag persona was created by a 25-year-old singer go here named Thomas Neuwirth, won the contest with a song titled "Rise Like A Phoenix." Sporting a skintight glittery dress, long brown hair and a beard during performances, Ms. Wurst was the subject of both controversy and admiration as Eurovision took place over many stages this week. Fans and musical artists from across Europe gear up for the finals of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. Ukraine's entrant, Mariya Yaremchuk, says she hopes her performance will show that music can bring people together during difficult times. Photo: AP visit the website This year's Eurovision, the 59th such contest, was clouded by political strife related to the crisis in Ukraine. At many points in the evening, particularly during the voting session that follows official performances, Russia received a chorus of boos, forcing organizers to remind the audience that the event is about love and not politics. Ms.
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