Austria's Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision
Performing in a dress with long hair and a full beard, Wurst scored 290 points to become Austria’s first Eurovision winner since 1966. Read this article from CNN.com and talk about it with our teachers!
Conchita Wurst, the onstage persona of Thomas Neuwirth, was the winner for a performance of the ballad “Rise Like A Phoenix.”
Wurst also refers to himself as “the bearded lady,” he says on his website. In his private life, he calls himself “Tom” and refers to himself as “he.”
In the role of Conchita Wurst, who Neuwirth calls an “art figure,” the artist refers to “herself” as “she.”
Neuwirth created Wurst — which in German means but can also mean ‘who cares?’ — in his teen years to with feeling discriminated against.
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