The “Queen of Austria” (aka Thomas Neuwirth) impressed with her poise, vocals and Bond-like theme, gathering plenty of buzz in the week leading up to the final.
“This night is dedicated to everyone who believes int he future of peace and freedom. You know who you atre. We are a unity and we are unstoppable,” she said.
Conchita Wurst is not the first time a progressive gender performer has won Eurovision, with Israel’s Dana International winning in 1998 with her aptly-titled song, “Diva.”
The Netherlands came second and Sweden took third place.
Denmark staged a dazzling spectacle of light, pyrotechnics and effects on a giant, multipurpose cube, with a green-room in the middle of the auditorium (and a generous nod to Australia this year with the inclusion of Jessica Mauboy in Semi Final 2).
The show included trampolines, a see-saw, circular pianos, acrobats, ice skaters, rain, colourful suits, whistling, dance numbers, stirring ballads, a dash of rock, an Aclazar cameo, some momentary booing (for Russia) and butter-churning. No, really.
Special mention to 2013 winner Emmelie de Forest for her uplifting interval performance “Rainmaker.” The Shakira-like song featured tribes of dancers, splashing in a Eurovision moat and joined onstage by this year’s acts and an elated, warbling Arena.
SBS hosts Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang put in another entertaining narration, deftly balancing the Eurotragic-love and cynicism (including a solo chanting from Zemiro).
Austria also won the SBS viewer vote with 74,434 votes. Sweden’s Sanna Nielsen came in second with her song ‘Undo’ receiving 53,562 votes, which was followed by The Netherlands’ The Common Linnets with ‘Calm After The Storm’ on 33,990 votes.
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