Monday 20 October 2014

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst gets hero's welcome in Austria

Published 18/05/2014 | 20:12

Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage  in front of the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on Sunday, May 18, 2014.  Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst had made a triumphant return to Austria last week  after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen in what the country's president called a victory for tolerance in Europe. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)
Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage in front of the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst had made a triumphant return to Austria last week after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen in what the country's president called a victory for tolerance in Europe. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)
Austrian Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, left, and Federal Minister for Arts and Culture Josef Ostermayer, right, welcome Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria (AP Photo/Hans Punz)
Austrian Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, left, and Federal Minister for Arts and Culture Josef Ostermayer, right, welcome Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria (AP Photo/Hans Punz)
Austrian Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, left, and Federal Minister for Arts and Culture Josef Ostermayer, right, welcome Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria (AP Photo/Hans Punz)
Austrian Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, left, and Federal Minister for Arts and Culture Josef Ostermayer, right, welcome Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria (AP Photo/Hans Punz)

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst has made a triumphant return to her native Austria.

The bearded drag queen was greeted to a rapturous reception at the federal chancery in the country's capital Vienna this evening after performing on stage.

Conchita won the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen last weekend in what the country's president called a victory for tolerance in Europe.

The singer shot to victory in Saturday’s final, watched by over 100m people, in what was seen as a victory for equality in Europe.

Conchita's Bond-like tune ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’ garnered a whopping 290 points.

"This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom," Wurst said on her victory.

"You know who you are - we are unity and we are unstoppable."

Ireland’s entry Can-linn feat Kasey Smith failed to qualify in the semi-finals.

Irish Independent

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