Bearded Eurovision drag queen stirs controversy

COPENHAGEN: Austria’s bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst has hogged the limelight ahead of Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest final, but things have gotten hairy for her among socially conservative Europeans, including some gays.conchita_wurst_orf_01_orf_by_thomas_ramstorfer

“I created this bearded lady to show the world that you can do whatever you want,” said Wurst, the drag persona of 25-year-old Austrian singer Tom Neuwirth, at a recent press conference in Copenhagen.

“If you’re not hurting anyone you can do whatever you like with your life and, it’s so cheesy, but we’ve only got one (life),” she added.

Wurst’s James Bond theme-like ballad “Rise Like a Phoenix” is widely expected to make it through Thursday’s semi-final in the Danish capital, but few pundits believe she will take the Eurovision crown.

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