Ireland may not have made it to the Eurovision final, but this year’s winner is a massive hit in the celebrity world.
Around 180 million people tuned in last night to watch Austrian drag artist Conchita Wurst be crowned the Eurovision Song Contest winner with a score of 290, after belting out a roof-raising ballad Rise Like a Phoenix.
“This is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom,” a tearful Conchita said as she accepted the trophy. “We are unity and we are unstoppable.”
Celebrities took to Twitter last night to congratulate the singing sensation – the alter ego of 25-year-old Tom Neuwirth.
Radio One DJ Jameela Jamil wrote, “I have nothing but love for Conchita.”
Comedian John Bishop added, “It’s only a song contest but tonight it showed talent can overcome prejudice and ignorance. Well done Conchita – I am glad I saw that moment.”
Boy George said, “Gorge. A vote for gay solidarity!”
Former Steps singer Claire Richards seemed to think she had been the inspiration behind Conchita’s win writing, “I think Conchita nicked her performance idea from my tour solo!!! Long dress on a plinth!”
Hmmmm… maybe not Claire.
TV presenter Gabby Logan added, “Conchita the World Beater.”