After visiting Amsterdam for Eurovision in Concert last Saturday, our favourite drag queen Conchita Wurst worked the TV circuit in The Netherlands and Belgium. She had a captive audience. Who doesn’t want to see a bearded lady on live TV? Here’s a rundown of where she appeared and what she said.
“Life4You” – The Netherlands:
On Sunday Miss Wurst appeared live on the show Life4You. Conchita described her amazing day at Eurovision in Concert and how the applause she received from fans really touched her. She felt more accepted there than she ever had been anywhere. “I am overwhelmed emotionally by the warm welcome that I received in the Netherlands,” she said.
Conchita also discussed her early years as gay Thomas Neuwirth, and how he always liked to dress like a woman in his mother’s clothes; the Austrian national final in 2012, when she came second behind the Trackshittaz; the various scandals that she’s been involved with this Eurovision season; and, of course, her Bond-themed song. At the end of the show she sang happy birthday to Patricia Paay, a Dutch singer and gay icon who turned 65.
Watch the interview here: Life4You (The Netherlands)
Watch her Happy Birthday performance here: Happy Birthday song Life4You (The Netherlands)
Café Corsari – Belgium:
On Monday evening she appeared on the Belgian show Café Corsari, where the interview was more reserved, but still quite nice. “I created this bearded lady beacuse I had a very tough time during my teenager years and I always tried to fit in in any kind of way, but it never worked out,” she said. “But I decided that I deserve a fabulous life.”
The Belgians also traced her route to Eurovision. They showed Tom competing on Starmania and later transforming into Conchita for Die Grosse Chance, where she drew a very strong reaction.
The Belgians also wanted to know what the Wurst in her name refers to, because a lot of people think it refers to sausage. But “wurst” is actually part of a German expression that means something like, ”I don’t care”.
Conchita said that having fun is the most important thing about the contest…but she has her ambitions, too. “As a musician I really want to win,” she said. But she knows that won’t be easy: “The concept of the song contest is a bit…choosing the best song is never the best song for everyone. It’s not that easy to choose a song that everybody likes.”
Watch the interview here: Interview Café Corsari (Belgium)
Mike Bos contributed this report from the Netherlands. You can keep up with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team from wiwibloggs.com on Twitter@wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.