"Bearded Lady" Conchita Wurst Stuns Eurovision Song Contest with Easy Win

The Austrian singer Conchita Wurst was the clear winner at the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night (May 10, 2014), dominating the competition watched by 180 million viewers across 45 countries.

Molly Smitten DownesMolly Smitten-Downes Finished 17th

Dubbed the "bearded lady", drag queen Wurst delivered a sickeningly grandiose James Bond style ballad, Rise Like a Phoenix and pulled away from the competition midway through the results.

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After securing her victory, Conchita said: "This award is dedicated to everybody who believes in a world of peace and freedom. You know who you are - we are unity and we are unstoppable."

The UK's entry Molly Smitten-Downes could only place 17th with her self-penned song Children of The Universe. The singer had been hotly tipped to place highly, but the reality of it was that her song was poor and her staging underwhelming, despite being one of the less garish efforts.

Molly Smitten DownesMolly Didn't Match Expectations

Conchita elicited huge cheer from the crowd in Copenhagen as she took to the stage in a fitted gown and performed her winning track - with a full beard. She had secured victory with three rounds to spare, accumulating 290 points in total. Sweden finished third with 218 points, behind the Dutch who got 238 points for having arguably the best song in the competition.

Of course, Eurovision didn't disappoint with its more unusual staging, which included trampoline acts, a human-sized hamster and one of the most scantily clad performances of all time, from Poland.

A slight shadow was cast on the usual lighted-hearted atmosphere, with Russia being booed for every point they received, given the current crisis in Ukraine. 

UK presenter Graham Norton referred to the Russian entry saying, "I feel so sorry for those two girls, they're only 17.

"It's unfortunate they're being subjected to it - but we totally understand it."

More: Who is Molly Smitten Downes?


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