CONCHITA WURST – RISE LIKE A PHOENIX
Composers: Charly Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski, Julian Maas
Austria was early announcing its entrant for Eurovision. ORF chose Conchita Wurst internally for their representative and this was revealed in September. The song had to be waited for six months before it was released in March.
Conchita Wurst is a character, created by Tom Neuwirth. He became known after participating ‘Starmania’ in 2006. The year later he was part of a boy band which remained a short project. His first appearance as Conchita Wurst, a bearded lady, happened in a talent show in 2011 and the following year he, or she, finished second in the Austrian pre-selection with ‘That’s What I Am’. As Conchita Wurst, Tom wants to spread the importance of tolerance.