Austria, once the home of Mozart and Falco, has barely registered on the world’s musical map in recent years.
That was until bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won this year’s Eurovision.
“Conchita Wurst is just a piece of cake of my life,” explained the Austrian vocalist.
“This character is very important for me, it’s not a concept. I didn’t plan it, life did it.”
MEPs invited 25-year old Wurst, known as Thomas Neuwirth to her parents, to promote diversity and LGBT rights.
Her message went down a storm with her fans, who had gathered outside the European Parliament to see her performance.
“She has a very nice voice, she is charming everybody. She proved this at the Eurovision Song Contest,” said one fan.
“I am also gay and It’s not easy to live in this society but you try to make the best of it and that is what also she is doing,” explained one male admirer.
Conchita also performed a cover of Cher’s Believe; it left this correspondent feeling somewhat nostalgic for the original.
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