She’s the Eurovision 2014 winner who recently earned even more respect from her fans in the Eurovision community and beyond for coming out as HIV positive.
But for Conchita Wurst life goes on, and that includes giving interviews to various press outlets. In a recent interview with The Independent, Austria’s latest Eurovision champion discussed her thoughts on the acts competing at Eurovision 2018 and who she is backing for victory.
Of the 43 competing acts, Conchita picks Israel’s Netta as her favourite, saying: “If she wins I will love it. The first time I heard “Toy” I was like “oh my god, this is so good, so incredible”, it’s a little bit Bjork, it’s a little bit quirky.”
She isn’t 100% behind the song, though. “I have to say the chorus, to me, was a disappointment – it becomes a little bit obvious”. However, she admits she too can often be victim of being too ‘obvious’.
“Again, who am I to judge? I had a song that was called That’s What I Am, so it doesn’t get any more obvious than that!”
Nevertheless, Conchita still feels that Germany threw away an opportunity to win the entire competition by not selecting Ryk, who competed at Germany’s national selection Unser Lied für Lissabon with the song “You And I”. She states: “Germany could have won it had they sent Ryk with the song ‘You And I’. You must listen to it. This song was so good, he would have been the best contestant in Lisbon but Germany went with a different choice.”
Unfortunately, we’ll only be able to hypothesise about whether Conchita is correct, and that Germany really would be among the favourites to win this year if they had made a different decision at the national final.
“I really would not consider myself as a ‘drag queen'”
Eurovision 2018 wasn’t the sole focus of the interview though. Conchita also touched on her recent performance at the London Palladium with the BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as her love for RuPaul’s Drag Race.
However, one theme that crept up throughout most of the interview was the Austrian singer’s change in perception of herself since her Eurovision victory in 2014. It was picked up that we haven’t seen Conchita wear a dress for some time now, but she explained: “It’s a little bit ‘been there, done that’.”
She notes that the line between Conchita the character and Tom Neuwirth the person are blurring more and more:
“I started out as being a diva in a golden dress and now to a more bearded drag artist guy in boots…I do what I feel at the moment and I dress how I feel at the moment, and this goes now towards a more masculine look”
This discussion goes further though when the Eurovision champion talks about the possibility of featuring on RuPaul’s Drag Race. She was initially approached to feature on the show after her Eurovision victory, but unfortunately couldn’t find the time to make it over to America. However, she notes that she doesn’t feel like the right person to be judging the queens competing on the show as: “I really would not consider myself, especially not these days, as a ‘drag queen’”.
She goes on: “On the other hand what is drag and what is not? But what these girls are doing is so much more effort. I don’t shave my legs, I have no padding going on and I hot-glued on my lace when necessary. I don’t do a face transformation with my make-up, I just paint my face like I want it to be.”
Again, when commenting on the on and off talks she’s had to be a judge on possible Drag Race Germany or Drag Race UK spin offs she states that she doesn’t see herself as one: “I think to be, like the head judge of a Drag Race anywhere you’d really need to know what drag is, and I think I’ve only scratched the surface – I’m doing my thing but it’s not what these American girls are doing. I can host it, guide the audience, but I wouldn’t want to be the judge!”
Conchita Covers Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus”
Conchita is nevertheless still producing new music and set to collaborate with the Wiener Symphonika orchestra on a new album “From Vienna With Love” to be released this October. But before that, her latest effort is a cover of “Rock Me Amadeus”, the 1985 UK and US chart-topping song by Austrian musician Falco.
Before performing the song as the opening number of the 2018 Amadeus Austrian Music Awards (the Austrian equivalent of the Grammys), Conchita posted a music video to her YouTube channel.
In the video we see the more masculine Conchita vogueing and posing in front of both a black and white background. Donning a wig with a fringe that often covers her eyes, the Austrian songstress also switches between wearing a black turtle-neck t-shirt and swarovski crystal mesh kimono with a crystal embellished front – she may no longer be wearing dresses, but our queen still knows how to sparkle!
There are however also moments where Conchita wears no top whatsoever, exposing her bear chest. This demonstrates just how confident she now feels to show off her masculine body, and we salute her for not being afraid to show the world her true self.
So, do you think Conchita is backing the right horse with Netta from Israel? Would Ryk have been in line to give Germany their next win if he had gone to Lisbon? And what do you make of the more masculine Conchita? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments below!