While the last three representatives of Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest have all been selected in a public national final, ORF have opted for an internal selection procedure for 2014. Today, the singer to represent the "Alpine republic" has been announced.
Conchita Wurst has already once tried to win the ticket to the Eurovision stage, in 2012, when she came second with the song That's What I Am behind Trackshittaz in the Austrian national selection. Previously she had participated in the "Starmania" talent show, where she competed against Nadine Beiler, the Austrian representative in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.
From Talent Shows to Extreme Formats
Conchita Wurst was born as Tom Neuwirth on November 6th, 1988 in Gmunden/Austria. The young artist had always dreamed of a career in showbiz. It all really started in 2006 when he took part in the talent show Starmania. In 2007, he joined the boy band "jetzt anders!", which however only survived for less than one year.
He first performed as his alter ego Conchita Wurst, the famous long-haired full-bearded lady, in the talent show "Die große Chance" in 2011. Since then, he certainly has not gone unnoticed in Austria. More recently, Conchita Wurst participated in the ORF production "The hardest jobs of Austria", where she worked in a fish factory, and in "Wild Girls", where a group of candidates had to survive in the deserts of Namibia/Africa together with native tribes.
Song yet to be selected
No choice has been made yet as regards Conchita's song for Copenhagen. Stay with Eurovision.tv to find out more as soon as the song selection procedure has been announced by ORF!