Austria's popular bearded lady, Conchita Wurst, won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night in a result that promises to reinforce the tolerant tone the event has sought to strike in recent years.
Ms. Wurst's onstage drag persona was created by a 25-year-old singer named Thomas Neuwirth. Sporting a skintight glittery dress, long brown hair and a beard, Ms. Wurst won the contest with a song titled "Rise Like A Phoenix."Who also attracted attention in Russia;
Vitaly Milonov, a Russian politician known as a force behind his country's antigay laws, called the performer "sick" in a Danish newspaper interview.Meanwhile Ukraine has to decide whether to side with Russia or 'The West'.