Conchita Wurst: Bearded Lady Wins 2014 Eurovision Contest

Sun, May 11, 2014 1:20pm EDT by 11 Comments

Austria’s Conchita Wurst, otherwise known as the Bearded Lady, recently won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. Click above to watch Conchita’s eye-popping performance.

Conchita Wurst’s performance of “Rise Like a Phoenix” on May 10 to win the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest shocked the world. The result promises to reinforce the tolerant tone the event has sought to strike in recent years for all of its contestants.

Conchita Wurst: Austrian Bearded Lady Wins 2014 Eurovision Song Contest

So who is the lady behind the beard? What we found out was that she is really a he.

 

Conchita’s onstage drag image was created by a 25-year-old singer named Thomas Neuwirth. For his performance, Thomas rocked a skin-tight glittery dress, long brown hair and a beard, reports The Wall Street Journal.

“This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom — we are unity and we are unstoppable,” Conchita said, after her amazing, history-making victory.

The victory was the result of a gradual build up of support for the drag queen in the days before the final in Denmark. A polarizing figure, Conchita attracted a flood of respect for her views on gender and sexuality.

Conchita Wurst: Bearded Lady Wins Eurovision Song Contest 2014

However, the transgender diva also became the subject of criticism, including spiteful criticism from a prominent Russian politician known for holding anti-gay views.

At different times during the night anything “Russian” received boos from the crowd. Russia has left a bad taste in many people’s mouths because of their recent military actions in and around the Ukraine.

HollywoodLifers, what do you think of this strange bearded lady with such an amazing voice? Let us know what’s on your mind.

– Bryant Perkins

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Melissa Ehrlich

Posted at 7:45 PM on May 11, 2014  

It is great for Austria, Europe and probably for the World that she won the ESC! It is so important. Especially if you take a look at the Austrian History!

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Margit Suesser

Posted at 6:41 PM on May 11, 2014  

I loved the song and the looks of that lady but that beard has to come off. She looks grotesque like
that. Why is she degrading herself like that? Does she think men go for that? Only gays be
interested in her.

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Claude

Posted at 10:22 AM on May 12, 2014  

She is a he and gay. ;-)

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jwalker

Posted at 10:55 AM on May 12, 2014  

it is a bloke, man, it has no womb or vagina,you are right its grotesque, the trendy people wouldn’t think it was so good if it was a muscular, bald woman dressed as a man, nil points, hypocrites

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biffings

Posted at 8:14 AM on May 13, 2014  

I’m gay and I’m certainly not attracted to drag queens with beards, for God’s sake!

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Line

Posted at 5:43 PM on May 11, 2014  

She is amazing! I loved her performance, and I like, that she does what ever she wants!

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S. Van Lure

Posted at 1:56 PM on May 11, 2014  

I realy love her for what she’s doing. The beard is funny and makes her special. Without it no one would know she’s actually a man but just a beautyful woman. .. and I’m austrian. Usually I don’t care about the ESC but I’m proud of her for bringing the win to austria;-)

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t

Posted at 1:37 PM on May 11, 2014  

a drag queen does not equal a bearded lady…dna says who is man and who is woman…so lets move on

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