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  • Conchita Wurst, aka Tom Neuwirth, was born in Gmunden in 1988.

    Originally a shop window decorator, Tom auditioned for the talent show “Starmania” in 2007, ultimately making it to 2nd place, behind 2011 Austrian entry, Nadine Beiler. Soon after, he formed the band Jetzt anders!, which later disbanded.

    In 2011, Conchita Wurst was unveiled on the ORF show “Die große Chance.” Soon after, Conchita participated in the Austrian preselection for Eurovision 2012, as well as programs “The hardest jobs in Austria” and “Wild Girls.”

    Conchita, aka Tom, has since received a degree in fashion and currently lives in Vienna.

     


  • Conchita Wurst first tried out for Eurovision in 2012 in the Austrian preselection show titled “Österreich rockt den Song Contest.”

    Conchita submitted the song “That’s What I Am,” which achieved 2nd place behind Trackshittaz.

    In the fall of 2013, Austrian broadcaster ORF announced that they had internally selected Conchita Wurst as their Eurovision 2014 representative. After months of planning, Conchita decided for a Bond-like ballad titled “Rise Like A Phoenix.”


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    Out of the ashes

    Seeking rather than vengeance

    Retribution

    You were warned

    Once I’m transformed

    Once I’m reborn

    You know I will rise like a phoenix

    But you’re my flame

     

    Go about your business

    Act as if you’re free

    Noone could have witnessed

    What you did to me

     

    Cause you wouldn’t know me today

    And you have got to see

    To believe

    From the fading light I fly

    Rise like a phoenix

    Out of the ashes

    Seeking rather than vengeance

    Retribution

    You were warned

    Once I’m transformed

    Once I’m reborn

     

    I rise up to the sky

    You threw me down but

    I’m gonna fly

     

    And rise like a phoenix

    Out of the ashes

    Seeking rather than vengeance

    Retribution

    You were warned

    Once I’m transformed

    Once I’m reborn

    You know I will rise like a phoenix

    But you’re my flame

     

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