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Listen: Eurovision diva Conchita Wurst releases first new single

Nick Duffy November 9, 2014
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Eurovision drag artist Conchita Wurst has released her first new track since winning the contest earlier this year.

The Austrian singer – who took home the crown at Eurovision in May despite a homophobic backlash across Europe – has recently completed a string of high-profile engagements, performing a set in early October at the European Parliament in Brussels, as part of a non-discrimination event.

Not to be outdone, the United Nations invited her to perform at their Vienna headquarters this week – where she met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

This weekend, the singer released her first track since Rise Like a Phoenix – unsurprisingly another power ballad, titled Heroes.

 

It comes after former Eurovision commentator Terry Wogan sparked controversy by claiming that Wurst had turned Eurovision from a “farce” to a “freak show”.

He said: “The Bearded Lady who won this year, reducing Graham [Norton] to tears, might have had a slightly different effect on me.

“I’ve always seen the Eurovision as a sometimes foolish farce, but not as a freak show.”

Following Wurst’s victory, Russia developed plans to revive a Soviet era Eurovision rival as a ‘family friendly’ alternative, but the idea was quietly dropped this summer.

 

Related topics: Artist, Austria, Conchita Wurst, drag, Europe, eurovision, eurovision song contest, Gay, heroes, Rise Like A Phoenix, song

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