Austria`s ‘bearded lady’ wins Eurovision Song Contest (Update:Austria)

Melbourne, May 11: Austria’s Conchita Wurst, the so-called bearded lady, has won the Eurovision Song Contest, it has been revealed.

The drag queen, who was initially written off as too provocative for some socially conservative countries, was a favourite to win the contest, News.com.au reported.

Wurst, the hirsute alter ego of Austrian performer Tom Neuwirth, represented his homeland with the Bond theme-like ballad “Rise Like a Phoenix,” drawing ire from socially conservative viewers.

The act proved so popular that Austria was declared the winner after 34 of 37 countries had given their votes on Saturday evening. (ANI)