Thursday 22 March 2018

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst goes to number one in Russia

Conchita Wurst, representing Austria who won the the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Conchita Wurst, representing Austria who won the the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Singer Sanna Nielsen of Sweden. Photo: Reuters/Bax Lindhardt/Scanpix Denmark
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

IT appears the Russian public doesn’t share president Putin’s homophobic views – as Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst has topped the country’s iTunes chart.

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.

However Russia’s entry was loudly booed during the show –seen as in reponse to the country’s homophobic laws and intervention in Ukraine.

The singer has now been labelled the “Queen of Austria after  winning with 290 points.

Speaking on state television, Russian MP and former Speaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky claimed her victory spelled the end of Europe as a whole.

Russian politician Vitaly Milonov had previously called for the country to boycott the contest over Wurst’s selection, labelling it the “Eurovision sodom show”.

He said: “Even just broadcasting the competition in Russia could insult millions of Russians.

“The participation of the obvious transvestite and hermaphrodite Conchita Wurst on the same stage as Russian singers on live television is blatant propaganda of homosexuality and spiritual decay.”

It was rumoured that several country’s would not broadcast Wurst’s live performance during the show.

However that would have resulted in disqualification, as the rules of the competition state all entries must be broadcast in full and unedited.

A delay in announcing the results of Ireland’ s semi final on Thursday was caused after organisers investigated claims Belarus had not broadcast the Austrian entry.

However the former Soviet state had broadcast the song – failure to do so would have seen the country disqualified and their points not count towards the result.

Netherland’s entry ‘Calm after the Storm’ has proved the biggest commercial success, hitting number one in almost a dozen countries.

Sweden’s entry by Sanna Nielsen, which came third, is also proving commercially successful.

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