Conchita Wurst might be the first bearded lady to win the Eurovision Song Contest, but her name is no more special than a pepperoni slice in a pizzeria. A quick glance through the annals of Eurovision history reveals that she isn’t the first glamorous Conchita to accept the challenge of representing her country in the contest.
Conchita Bautista, a Spanish singer and actress, represented la España twice in the contest. Her birth name, María Concepción Bautista Fernández, also has a dirty joke in it. Maybe the next drag winner will be Concepción Wiener? Conchita the First was Spain’s début entry in 1961. She sang Estando contigo (Being With You), a flamenco number. It placed ninth out of 16 entries.
Her voice didn’t suit the style of music, as it had more operatic flair than that of the typical flamenco dancer. Still, she worked the stage and showed a lot more skin than most of the singers of her day (though she would look rather demure next to the Polish models).
She returned four years later, in 1965, with the song ¡Qué bueno, qué bueno! (So good! So good!). Also a flamenco-styled number, she sang about how good everything feels to her, especially her boyfriend’s love. Unfortunately, she had second-time syndrome and received no points, placing joint-last with Germany, Belgium, and Finland.
She tried to leverage her Eurovision experience into an international music career, but it never blossomed. She would forever stay a Spanish-language artist, enjoying moderate success in Spain, Latin America, and the Mediterranean.
Was this Conchita better than our dear Miss Wurst? Or is she too old-school for y’all? Tell us in the comments section below.