Austria’s Conchita wins Eurovision 2014 in dramatic final

Austrian entry Conchita has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.


by Fiona Day |
Published on

Austrian drag act Conchita won the competition in a landslide victory after a dramatic showdown in Danish capital, Copenhagen.

Conchita- known as Tom Neuwirth when not in costume- dedicated her won ‘to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. You know who you are - we are unity and we are unstoppable.’

Speaking to the BBC backstage, she said: ‘I dream of a world where we don't have to talk about unnecessary things like sexuality, who you love. I felt like tonight Europe showed that we are a community of respect and tolerance.’

Poland's racy entry raised some eyebrows
Poland's racy entry raised some eyebrows

The popular singer performed her song ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’ dressed in a gold ball gown with her long hair flowing around her shoulders… but also whilst sporting an impressive beard.

UK entry Molly Smitten-Downes

Conchita Wurst caused controversy when she was selected as Austrian’s Eurovision entry last year and countries such as Belarus and Russia reportedly started petitions campaigning for her performance to be edited so as not to cause offence.

This is the first time Austria has won the competition since 1966 and it is only the second time the German-speaking nation has made it to the final in the past decade.

Though it was hoped that the UK’s entry Molly Smitten-Downes would do well in the competition, the song lagged behind, finishing at 17th place with a dismal 40 points.

Poland's entry raised some eyebrows and left many hot under the collar, with translated lyrics such as 'large breasts to the left, large breasts to the right.'

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us