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Austrian drag queen wows 10,000 fans

Drag queen who won Eurovision Song Contest for Austria wows 10,000 fans, thanked by chancellor

Austrian Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, left, and Federal Minister for Arts and Culture Josef Ostermayer, right, welcome Austrian singer and Eurov...
Austrian Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, left, and Federal Minister for Arts and Culture Josef Ostermayer, right, welcome Austrian singer and Eurov...
Austrian Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, left, and Federal Minister for Arts and Culture Josef Ostermayer, right, welcome Austrian singer and Eurov...
Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst  speaks during a welcome ceremony at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on S...
Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage  in front of the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on Sunday,...
Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage in front of the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on Sunday, ...
Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage  in front of the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on Sunday,...
Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage in front of the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on Sunday, ...
Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage  in front of the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on Sunday,...
Supporters of Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst  wait for her performance   in front of the federal chancellery in Vie...
Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage   in front of the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on Sunday...

Austria Conchita Wurst

Austrian Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, left, and Federal Minister for Arts and Culture Josef Ostermayer, right, welcome Austrian singer and Eurov...

Austria Conchita Wurst

Austrian Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, left, and Federal Minister for Arts and Culture Josef Ostermayer, right, welcome Austrian singer and Eurov...

Austria Conchita Wurst

Austrian Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, left, and Federal Minister for Arts and Culture Josef Ostermayer, right, welcome Austrian singer and Eurov...

Austria Conchita Wurst

Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst speaks during a welcome ceremony at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on S...

Austria Conchita Wurst

Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage in front of the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on Sunday,...

Austria Conchita Wurst

Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage in front of the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on Sunday, ...

Austria Conchita Wurst

Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage in front of the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on Sunday,...

Austria Conchita Wurst

Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage in front of the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on Sunday, ...

Austria Conchita Wurst

Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage in front of the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on Sunday,...

Austria Conchita Wurst

Supporters of Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst wait for her performance in front of the federal chancellery in Vie...

Austria Conchita Wurst

Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage in front of the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria on Sunday...

VIENNA (AP) -- So -- who was the real Conchita Wurst?

The one on stage, of course. But with some of the fans gathered Sunday to fete the hirsute Austrian drag queen wearing fake beards, it was a justified question.

State broadcaster ORF estimated that 10,000 people celebrated Wurst's win of the Eurovision Song Contest and to listen to her rendition of "Rise Like a Phoenix" -- the number that gave her the prize.

The square in front of Chancellor Werner Faymann's office proved too small, forcing much of the crowd into a nearby park.

Wurst said her Song Contest victory is "not for me, but for people who believe in a future with progress,"

In a meeting with Wurst, Faymann praised her as a symbol for "tolerance, love and joy of life."


Updated : 2021-01-25 23:20 GMT+08:00