Eurovision Song Contest preview: Austria
Mar 30 2014 01:59 pm CET

In today's Eurovision Song Contest preview it's time for Austria and Conchita Wurst. This may well be the performance that has generated the most comments ahead of this year's event.

Yes, I'm talking about the infamous bearded woman that will represent the country in this edition with the song "Rise like a phoenix". Since the transgender Dana International, who won Eurovision in 1998 with the song "Diva", many members of the LGBTI community have made an appearance on this stage, but none quite like Conchita.

She is the alter-ego of Austrian artist Tom Neuwirth and was chosen to represent Austria at the beginning of 2014 and the song was revealed in March. And even though much of it is about the way the singer looks, the song has become the favorite of many and is in the upper part of the bookmakers' list.

In the video of the song, we can see the bearded diva being, indeed, a complete and amazing diva. She walks around in incredibly high heels and tight dresses, gets herself into a bathtub full of rose petals and goes around pushing curtains with the wind blowing in her face. Quite impressive.

Her song reminds of the style of the famous James Bond soundtracks, right from the first notes. And the lyrics are about getting stronger and being reborn from the fire and the ashes, like a phoenix.

Conchita will perform in the second semi-final, on May 8th, and even if she doesn't win, we will surely be seeing something that will become part of the competition's rich history. One more story to tell your grandchildren.

By: Mari Roorda

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