Listen: Eurovision diva Conchita Wurst releases first new single
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.