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Eurovision hosts are ’society-shaping women’, ORF says

19 December 2014 at 15:54 CET

"The slogan of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna is Building Bridges which stands for bridges between countries, age groups, tradition and contemporary supported by the pillars of respect and self-determination." said ORF’s TV Director Kathrin Zechner emphasising women as ’strong and inspiring equal parts of the society’.

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"For me it is important to make these powerful, society-shaping women visible to an audience of some 200 million Europeans in a show Austria can be proud of. Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer are strong, modern young women and in particular, triple-A professionals." Zechner underlined.

Commenting the choice of Conchita Wurst for the Green Room, the TV director added: "She won the contest with her personality, voice and song for Austria. She did not take the first but the most powerful Austrian step in the fight for self-determination and respect in Europe and the world."