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NEWSFLASH: Conchita wins Eurovision

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Tom Neuwirth won Eurovision with her drag character, Conchita Wurst -- a clear statement of European tolerance.

COPENHAGEN, May 10, 2014 (AFP) - Austria won this year's Eurovision Song Contest on Sunday with "Rise Like a Phoenix" sung by bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst.

The 25-year-old performer, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, took the Eurovision crown in Copenhagen despite initial expectations that the eye-catching appearance would be too controversial in socially conservative countries.   

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