By Radio.com Staff
Eurovision gave the world something different than the usual reality singing spectacle when Austrian drag act Conchita Wurst was named this year.
The singer, whose controversial act became endearingly known as “the bearded lady,” was a crowd favorite in this years competition near the end and edged out former favorite competitors from Sweden and Armenia.
Wurst won with the song “Rise Like a Phoenix,” which debuted on the Austrian TV show Dancing Stars back in March. Wurst, whose given name is Tom Neuwirth, created the Conchita Wurst character in 2011 and has endorsed a message of tolerance and acceptance since then.