Austrian Eurovision champion Conchita arrives to euphoric homecoming

Eurovision winner Conchita has arrived back in Austria to a victorious homecoming.


by Fiona Day |
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The famous drag act arrived in Austrian capital Vienna to a jubilant reception before dedicating her award to the fight for equality.

She told journalists at a press conference: ‘This will remain an issue for a long time and I fear I won't see the end of it in my lifetime. It will be my life's worth and I gladly take it on.’

She continued: ‘It was not just a victory for me but a victory for those people who believe in a future that can function without discrimination and is based on tolerance and respect.’

Conchita won the hearts of Eurovision viewers around the world
Conchita won the hearts of Eurovision viewers around the world

Conchita- who’s real name is Tom Neuwirth- won the famous competition in a landslide victory, with hosts declaring her a clear winner before all the votes were even finished being counted.

Upon winning her award, she told the crowd: ‘We are unity and we are unstoppable.’

Conchita explained to journalists in Vienna: ‘That was obviously meant for certain politicians whom we all know.’

The comments come following national outrage regarding Russia’s ‘anti-gay propaganda’ laws under President Vladimir Putin’s government.

Following Conchita’s win, a Russian politician spoke out against her victory, saying: ‘Fifty years ago the Soviet army occupied Austria. We made a mistake in freeing Austria. We should have stayed.’

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