Russia’s “ZD-Awards 2014” ceremony, set to take place on February 23rd, could be about to get a whole lot more interesting. The festival has a long story in Russia starting in 1975 and every year it awards different performers in different nominations. This year has a very special performer nominated in the “International Artist” category though – Conchita Wurst.
It’s not that surprising that Conchita was nominated in itself: after all, “The Queen of Austria” came third in the Russian televoting and “Rise Like a Phoenix” was a popular song in Russia. The ZD-Awards are awarded based on internet voting in all the twenty categories. Conchita has every chance to win, which might mean that she could be hitting the red carpet in Moscow.
There may be other benefits other than awards to claim for Conchita, too. She has previously stated that she would like to meet Vladimir Putin as “she wants to understand the President better”. This could be her chance to make that meeting a reality.
However, this trip to Russia could also be very complicated if she were to do so. Last year, Conchita reportedly agreed to perform in Moscow, but only on certain conditions. She wanted to feel safe and, therefore, the Russian organisers promised to provide complete privacy and security at a closed party, where only a chosen selection would be invited to see the performance. The ZD-Awards, on the other hand, are completely open to the Russian audience and anyone can buy a ticket to see the show, which is taking place at the Kremlin Palace. Whilst we’re sure their security there is tight, it would only take a couple of troublemakers to possibly start something very unsavoury with Conchita around.
What do y’all think then: would you like to see Conchita head over to Russia? And do you really think that she could even win the award? Let us know in the comments below!