She’s the bearded diva who won Eurovision 2014 — but now Conchita Wurst‘s days are numbered. Conchita’s alter ago Tom Neuwirth has revealed he plans to “kill” his drag creation. But not until after Conchita releases her second album later this year.
In an interview with German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag, Tom revealed that he felt he had achieved all he could as Conchita and it was now time to move on. “I feel like I want to create a new persona. Maybe not even me. But with the bearded lady, I have achieved everything since the Song Contest victory. I don’t need her anymore.”
Conchita isn’t disappearing just yet, though. There’s still a new Conchita album coming out later this year. But after promotion for that is over, Tom is very clear: “I have to kill her”.
A change is already in progress. Fans have noted that Conchita’s appearance and demeanour has been changing over recent months. The bearded lady is now looking more like a long-haired man.
Conchita has been wearing less feminine makeup, she’s been favouring pantsuits over gowns and she’s been singing in a lower register. Fans experienced the transitional Conchita in her recent performance of “Satellite” at Unser Song 2017.
In recent weeks Conchita has released a number of videos, where she has delivered edgy versions of contemporary hits and pop classics.
Her cover of Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Human” reveals Conchita singing in a deeper tone than usual, bringing a Cher-like quality to her voice.
Meanwhile, Austria is gearing up to send another bearded singer to Eurovision. Nathan Trent will represent Austria in Kyiv. His song, which is self-written, will be released on 28 February.