Conchita Wurst is this year´s winner of the Eurovision Song Contest.
I´m so proud of her win not only because of her beautiful voice and great song but also for the incredible bravery she showed staying true to herself, spreading her message of equality, tolerance and acceptance to the world.
I believe it´s wonderful to have a beautiful voice and a nice song to sing (I know how much hard work and training it takes) but I think an artist needs more than that. An artist needs something to say, it needs a message. That´s what Conchita did, giving me hope for a world that´s really changing in a more open an tolerant direction. I would never had expected the level of tolerance Europe showed voting for her. A wonderful surprise and definetly a good sign. Also my homeland Italy, that ist not the most famous for openness and acceptance of the gay-community gave her 12 points!
Maybe not everyone noticed that when Conchita sang „Rise Like a Phoenix“ again, after her win, she changed the lyrics at the end of the song singing „we´ll rise up to the sky, you threw us down but we´re gonna fly“ instead of „I“. Doing so, she puts the focus not on her win but on her message!! This shows true greatness. No wonder Lady Gaga and Cher in person sent her words of congratulations and support! (And Tory Amos covered „Rise Like a Phoenix“ at a concert in Austria; here the video).
Honestly, in such an emotional moment like winning the ESC I would be happy, if I could sing, at all, especially after crying - there´s nothing more difficult than singing after crying - but she sang, as usual, in absolut perfection and also had the nerves to change the lyrics at the end of the song! Again, that is a clear sign of greatness.
I haven´t always watched the Eurovision Song Contest and when I did, it was more for the „fun factor“ than for the „artistic“ aspect. I suppose, Conchita Wurst made me change my mind! (Maybe I´ll apply for next year´s contest! ;-)
So go Conchita, go, you really ARE unstoppable! The world definitely needs more people like you, enjoy your success and despite of Cher´s opinion, I loved your wig!!
*Takling about staying true to yourself and never giving up,
listen to my song "SUPERFREAK" (SoundCloud)
Watch Conchita´s Video: