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Conchita Wurst: "Participating in Eurovision felt like coming home"

11 May 2014 at 03:33 CEST

On the winner's press conference, Conchita Wurst first stated: "I have to say: I finally saw this shower of gold, and I asked my manager René: Tell me, did I win it? And he said: Yes, you won! That's when I realised it."

"For me, my dream came true. But for society it showed me that people want to move on, to look to the future. We said something, we made a statement", she continued.

"I don't really believe in signs. But my friends asked me: Did you realise that you were performing sixth in the Semi-Final, and 11th in the Final? That's my birthday", Conchita explained. A journalist reminded her of another sign appearing this week - a rainbow during one of her performances.

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What went through Conchita's mind when she started crying during the live show? "I cried because I am so happy and so thankful, and I said to myself: Please, just one time, let me be the one going for gold... I am speechless."

René Berto, her manager, went on to thank the whole Austrian delegation and stated: "Let's change the world and make it a little bit better. Conchita always says: wish for the moon and you'll reach at least the stars, but now we just landed on the moon! Let's change our way of thinking - Conchita is just a woman with a beard. We will see you all next year, at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna!"

Was Conchita ever considering to give up? "Never in my entire life! In 2012, I came second in the national selection in Austria, and I never give up. I continued working for the past two years, and this year I felt I was ready for it. I always express my feelings by singing - my life is a musical! Since I was announced to represent Austria back in November, I have received so much support, I am so thankful."

"This Eurovision family is a family I always wanted to join, because it's a project that is based on tolerance. So it felt like coming home. But I also hope that people outside the Eurovision world will support me", this year's winner stated.

Did Conchita talk to her family? "Not yet, but I know they are with me. They texted my agent to say that they're very very proud. I've said it before, this couldn't work without the support of my friends and my family and I just can't thank them enough."

An ORF representative stated: "We are very proud to host the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna next year. We have waited for 48 years to host the contest again after our only victory in 1966. Austria has become more open tonight, and we are very glad that this openness has been seen and accepted by Europe. We would like to thank DR for the great efforts, and it will be hard to reach this level next year, but we will do our best."

What does Conchita feel to be winning the Eurovision Song Contest 16 years after Dana International, a transexual artist from Israel? "I really dream of a world where you don't have to talk about your sexuality, where you are from. Tonight we really showed that we are all part of the same family, not of separate communities. I know it sounds cheesy but: we are one!"

On her future plans, Conchita Wurst commented: "I will just keep on doing what I do, living my life, and being true to myself. And if people join me in doing that, this world will be fabulous!"

Would she accept to be the next "Bond girl"? Conchita replied, smiling: "I think you know the answer: No!"

"We just enjoy those three minutes, without thinking of the competition", Conchita stated about her expectations tonight.

So, what will be the next step in Conchita's career - the Grammy? "The Grammy is very important for me, and it's my character to aim for it. And probably once I am 70 years old and I haven't yet got it, I will probably grab it from someone. But seriously, I need such goals in my life."

What should next year's contest look like? "Glamorous!", Conchita Wurst spontaneously replied. And she gave a clear answer to the question too if she would celebrate on her arrival in Vienna: "Of course we will party, are you kidding me? Of course!"

Did Conchita Rise Like A Phoenix on stage tonight? "I think I did. At least it felt like that", she said.

Could Conchita Wurst imagine to represent her country in the Eurovision Song Contest again next year? "There are so many great artists in Austria, and I got my chance... But of course I'd like to be a part of the show - maybe as a host?"

In the end of the press conference, Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest arrived to congratulate Conchita Wurst on her victory, and to assure the Austrian public broadcaster ORF of the European Broadcasting Union's support in hosting next year's contest. Kathrin Zechner, TV Director of ORF, thanked Jon Ola Sand for his support.