Wurst bites back with moody power ballad

After six months of musical abstinence Austria’s Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst is back with a striking black and white video for her new power ballad Heroes - the first single she has released since winning the Song Contest earlier this year.

Wurst bites back with moody power ballad
Conchita Wurst. Photo: APA/OLIVIER HOSLET

The video, which stars a bearded Wurst wearing a veil and a wedding gown, also features a sinister-looking character who bears a slight resemblance to Russian President Vladimir Putin, among a gang of other tough-looking guys.

It had almost 8,000 likes on Youtube by Friday afternoon and lots of comments on her official Facebook page about whether the song was a veiled critique of Putin – with some not-so-complimentary posts from Russians.

The song has reached number four in the Austrian charts and Wurst has said it’s about how “we are all heroes – every day we do small heroic feats and even people who do bad things are not evil deep down”.

The Austrian singer – who won Eurovision in May despite a homophobic backlash across Europe – has recently completed a string of high-profile engagements, performing at the European Parliament in Brussels, as part of a non-discrimination event.

In May one Russian MP said that Wurst's victory signified "the end of Europe" and "there are no longer men and women, there is only it." 

Wurst is signed to Sony Music Austria, and is currently working on a full-length album.

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Vienna academy teaches men to walk in heels

It seems Austria’s Eurovision winner, bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, has started a trend - with a Vienna academy that teaches women how to walk in high heels now opening its doors to men who were eager to join the workshops.

Vienna academy teaches men to walk in heels
Marie-Christin Scherzer leading a class. Photo: Top in Heels

Organisers at the Top in Heels Academy in the 18th district claim that more men have started experimenting with high heels since cross dressing star Conchita won the Eurovision Song Contest last year.

Originally, they launched classes to help women learn how to walk elegantly in stilettos but have now launched a Men In Heels workshop – which focusses on technique, elegance and injury prevention.

The workshops are taught by dancer Marie-Christin Scherzer, who studied ballet and contemporary dance, and drag queen Helmut Fixl.

A 90 minute session costs €45, with the next workshop taking place on October 30th.

Drag queen Helmut Fixl is one of the teachers. Photo: Top in Heels