Eurovision 2014: Twitter in praise of drag queen Conchita Wurst’s performance for Austria
She has received a transphobic backlash from some eastern European groups, but tonight Eurovision viewers were full of praise for Austrian drag artist entry Conchita Wurst.
Fans took to Twitter to praise the performer, comparing her song “Rise Like A Phoenix” to a Shirley Bassey ballad or a Bond theme tune.
Many tweeted in favour of Wurst’s set, expressing their support for the drag performer.
One mother tweeted: “I am so glad that my kids live in an era where it is Conchita and not Hitler that represents Austria in Europe.”
Others were quick to compare the singer’s looks to Jesus, X Factor runner-up Rylan and Tulisa Contostavlos.
Wurst, real name Tom Neuwirth, had received negative comments from a minority of eastern Europeans calling for the Austrian entry to be withdrawn from Eurovision.
Russian politician Vitaly Milonov, one of the architects of the country’s gay propaganda law, called Wurst a “pervert” and labelled the competition a “hotbed of sodomy”.
Wurst responded to the criticism before the competing, saying: “I can only say [to them] ‘Thank you for your attention!’ If this is only about me and my person, I can live with it.
“I’m just a singer in a fabulous dress, with great hair and a beard.”
Read the reaction to Wurst’s Eurovision performance:
I predict this will win by the biggest margin EVER recorded on Eurovision. AMAZING #austria- Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) May 10, 2014
Austria have to win. Shirley Bassey's got nothing on this #eurovision- The Vagenda Team (@VagendaMagazine) May 10, 2014
Okay, can Austria be both the next Bond theme and the next James Bond actor? #Eurovision- Tim Maytom (@trivia_lad) May 10, 2014
Judging by Austria's theme song, the next Bond film is gonna be awesome. #Eurovision- Ivan Radford (@iFlicks) May 10, 2014
Eurovision Austria: Go on, vote for Conchista. what's the wurst that can happen :) http://t.co/EMH6ZHwUct- Dr. CM Wong (@koshime) May 10, 2014
Don't think there is an act strong enough to compete with Austria tonight in the #Eurovision. Unless Abba happen to be backstage. :(- Danielle Eriksson (@DaniTurtle1) May 10, 2014
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