Affectionately dubbed “the bearded lady” Conchita Wurst rose to worldwide fame simply because Austria’s relatively controversial entry in to the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. The alter-ego of Austrian Tom Neuwirth, Wurst acquired originally become more active after Neuwirth’s short-lived guy music group Jetzt Anders! disbanded after only a calendar year, following his prior brush with popularity as second place finisher in the 2006 model of Austrian Television show Starmania. Wurst’s initial appearance on nationwide TV happened in 2011 on Pass away große Chance, an application which saw performers competing to symbolize Austria in the 2012 Eurovision Music Contest. To arrive second, Wurst adopted up the display with looks on reality displays The Hardest Careers of Austria and Crazy Ladies. In 2013 Wurst was called Austria’s official access in to the 2014 Eurovision Music Competition. Sparking condemnation from traditional groups, especially across Eastern European countries, Wurst became the bookies’ preferred to win and finally required the trophy in the finals in Copenhagen. Inside a dig in the right-wing politics elite, Wurst mentioned “we are unity and we are unstoppable” when getting the trophy, confirming the message was targeted at traditional Eastern European countries in protest of having less LGBT privileges. Wurst’s Eurovision access, “Rise Just like a Phoenix,” premiered as an individual and reached the very best from the Austrian graph, while also putting in the very best Ten throughout a lot of the rest of European countries.