On Saturday night, Conchita Wurst, the drag alter ego of Austria’s Tom Neuwirth, won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, her overwhelming popularity trumping the bigotry of social conservatives who called for a boycott of the competition because of her participation. Wurst — who uses female pronouns which in character — slayed the competition with her song, “Rise Like A Phoenix,” which totally stole the show and the hearts of people all around the world.
“This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom,” she said in her acceptance speech. “You know who you are. We are unity. And we are unstoppable.” Keep reading »
When one of my high school friends was dumped by her gay boyfriend (we all knew he was gay, never sure why she didn’t), she made me drive her around with her in her parents’ Mercedes all night listening to “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” On repeat. On cassette. While she cried. It was traumatizing to have a beloved childhood song become the soundtrack for teenage histrionics. I’ve since reappropriated the Bonnie Tyler classic as my go-to karaoke song. Just to make new memories. Sometimes I dance while I sing it.
I tell you this because it’s been a while, but Bonnie Tyler is BACK. The singer has been chosen to perform the UK’s entry song for Eurovision, “Believe in Me.” Oh, Bonnie, we believe in you, basking in the sunlight in your badass fringe boots.
If this music video has made you crave some “Total Eclipse of the Heart” as it did me, you can find the Literal Video version after the jump. It’s much more entertaining than the original. [DListed] Keep reading »
The Eurovision Song Contest is over, and we’re shedding a tear or two in its fabulously campy, irony-free honor. The international European song contest happens each year, and pits singers from each country in the European Television Union against one another for the best pop track. Broadcast around Europe and the former Soviet Bloc countries, Eurovision is the phenomenon that spawned both Abba and Celine Dion, so you know it’s good. Click through to meet this year’s winner — from Sweden, natch — and see some of the high-camp hijinks that happened during this year’s intense competition.