Conchita Wurst to present the Eurovision Song Contest

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Conchita Wurst

Conchita Wurst

2014 Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst is to present the show in 2015.

Conchita Wurst is to present the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015.

The 26-year-old drag queen won the annual competition on behalf of Austria earlier this year and it's been confirmed Conchita will return to present coverage from the Green Room in Vienna on Saturday, May 23.

Reflecting on the move, Kathrin Zechner, from broadcaster ORF, said: "[Conchita] 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.

"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.

"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."

The performer, who won this year's contest with 'Rise Like a Phoenix', recently unveiled the music video for her first post-Eurovision release, 'Heroes'.

Since winning the competition, Conchita has also become a prominent gay icon, receiving invites to perform at various pride parades across Europe.

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