She’s the bearded sensation from Austria who took Europe by storm back in 2014. Or should we say ‘he’? The legendary Conchita (Wurst) is back with a new, spectacular project – but also a redirected image and a preference to be called a man.
For his new record From Vienna with Love, Conchita wants to repeat the great experience he had last year with the Wiener Symphoniker. The world renowned Austrian orchestra collaborated with Conchi in 2017 live on stage of the Concert Hall in Vienna. Owing to widespread acclaim and mutual respect, they decided to record an album together which will be released on 19 October. You can already pre-save the album on Spotify. Check. Done. Did it. Boom!
The new album not only features well-known diva ballads in English, but also Conchita’s first solo song in German “Für mich soll’s rote Rosen regnen” (It should rain red roses for me). It’s no doubt one of the most iconic German songs ever and was released as a single last week. Sung originally by Hildegard Gnef, the most difficult thing about recording the song was finding the right singing style for it. Gnef was known for her extremely deep singing voice. Imitating this was a real challenge for Conchita.
Seeing Conchita during the on-going promo tour with less make up than ever before isn’t necessarily a huge surprise. During an interview with the German media last year, the singer behind the act already stated that he — Tom Neuwirth — has to “kill” Conchita soon, since he has achieved everything possible with the glamorous bearded lady. The right time for that seems to have come now!
Whilst promoting his new record, Conchita appears in casual outfits that are more androgynous and masculine. Almost no make up, no flawless hair and no women’s clothes. Conchita still exists – but he’s a man now! And he ain’t afraid to show those muscles.
But it’s more than just the look. During a recent interview with TV host and journalist Michel Abdollahi he not only revealed he needed therapy sessions after Eurovision but also that he spent a lot of time thinking about the whole gender-topic. Conchita realized that the clear identification of his gender is really important for him and for those who don’t really know who they are yet.
He doesn’t want people to confuse his drag act with being transgender (which he isn’t). That’s why he feels like using the term ‘she’ in connection with Conchita isn’t current anymore. He revealed he feels more comfortable if people identify him as a male from now on.
He explained even more in recent interviews. In a German TV talkshow Conchita said that his second name Wurst appears to be way ‘too funny’ for his stage act. People tend to make jokes about drag queens and people like him anyway. So the name Wurst, which can be translated as ‘It doesn’t matter’ and often gets used in Germany and Austria, would downplay the importance of his message and therefore isn’t appropriate anymore. But he also understands if this whole topic is confusing to some. So he won’t be mad at you if you still call him Conchita Wurst.
To celebrate his upcoming album, Conchita will give a special concert in Vienna one day after the release of it. On 20 October he will present fans from all over the world his cover versions from his new record. Next to his German single Für mich soll’s rote Rosen regnen there will be worldwide hits like All by myself from Eurovision 1988-winner Céline Dion and Barbra Streisand’s The Way We Were…. all performed together with the orchestra.
Are you curious to hear Conchita’s new music? Do you like his current style? Or do you miss the good old diva moments from 2014? Let us know in the comments below.