She’s the Eurovision 2014 winner who made headlines around the world, rocking conservative politicians en route to becoming an icon of her generation.
And as we rush toward the semi-finals of Eurovision 2017, Conchita Wurst admits that she still gets emotional when she watches her winning performance of “Rise Like A Phoenix”.
Speaking to us at the London Eurovision Party earlier this month, the world’s most famous bearded lady said: “I cry each and every time — it never gets old to me. I never felt this intensity of emotions in my life before. That was something so unexpected and I never thought something beautiful like this could happen to me. Every time I revisit it, it’s just whew…it always gets me.”
Wearing a polka-dot blouse and showing off her stunning décolletage, she explained that her look is always evolving.
“It’s basically just because I feel like it,” she says of her noticeably thicker beard. “It’s like fashion — one day it’s the skinny jeans and the next day you better wear boot cut or you’re on the worst dressed list…I’m edgy now.”
“He won’t make it that drastic, because we don’t like a mess. But as I’ve said: Life is a journey and one day I will definitely stop being Conchita, but not any time soon. In this interview I just said what is on my mind. I want to move forward and I have so many things I want to do that I know I won’t do with a wig.”
She’s already conquered the small screen — having appeared at Eurovision and on countless other TV shows. So will Conchita ever transition to the big screen?
“Hopefully one day,” she says. “It won’t be that soon because we need to wait a few years. Hopefully there will be some exciting things in the future. But there will come a day where I’ll be like OK, nobody wants me anymore. I gotta pay my bills. I’m going to write a script and I’m going to sell it and have a job for another two years.”
“I have so many plans and dreams — I want to write a musical one day. I want to create completely new music that’s not even pop. I have many things on my mind.”
We’re huge fans of her many songs, including “Firestorm” and “You Are Unstoppable”. But in her free time Conchita prefers to listen to other artists.
“I have to be completely honest: I hardly listen to my own music privately because I’m rehearsing constantly and giving concerts constantly, so I have these songs almost 24/7. It’s nice to listen to some other things and get inspired by other artists.”
Has Eurovision become more political since her win?
“That’s the spirit of time, isn’t it? We really live in very interesting times and there’s so much going on in this world. In 2014 you felt, and I said it back then, that there is a movement going on in every direction towards the people who believe in a society that is supporting each other and there is also a huge movement in the total opposite direction.”
“At the end of the day music is a reflection of the society, so of course it’s also a topic in Eurovision. We can say it as loud as we want that Eurovision isn’t political, but it’s just not true because we are all human beings interested in what is going on in the world and we’ve got to express it with what we’ve got — in our case music.”