This Thursday, Eurovision 2014 winner Conchita Wurst will take to the stage of the Sydney Opera House for a special concert, where she will also reveal Australia’s Eurovision 2016 representative. But the Queen of Austria has already arrived Down Under and is making major waves.
This is not the first time Conchita has visited Australia — she was there as recently as November when she appeared in Adelaide’s Feast gay and lesbian festival and told the locals that Australia’s participation in Eurovision is necessary.
Miss Wurst will have the honour of announcing Australia’s representative herself at her concert on Thursday. As you can see in these photos, Conchi is busy rehearsing ahead of her big show.
Amid rehearsals, Conchita made time to speak to The Sydney Morning Herald, expressing her disbelief that gay marriage is not yet legal in a country that “looks like a gay heaven”.
She also discusses some of the hostility towards her Eurovision victory: “I don’t understand why people spend so much time thinking about me if they don’t like what I do.” Miss Wurst also spoke about other issues, including the refugee crisis.
Conchita announces Guy Sebastian as a guest performer
The Conchita: From Vienna With Love concert is an official Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras event and Conchita will perform with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as well as several Australian stars, including Australian drag artist Trevor Ashley, cabaret performer Paul Capsis and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Courtney Act.
Conchita also confirmed on 2Day FM Radio that Australia’s 2015 representative Guy Sebastian will also perform on Thursday night — there will be no shortage of Eurovision stars there, y’all!
— Conchita (@ConchitaWurst) February 28, 2016
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