DUBLIN, IRELAND – As mentioned before Conchita Wurst was in Ireland this week end and made a noticeable appearance on Brendan O’Connor’s “The Satuday Night Show” on RTÉ 1 yesterday evening.
The 25-year old singer, who has been chosen to wave the Austrian flag in Copenhagen, performed “That’s What I Am”, her entry for “Österreich Rockt Den Song Contest”, the national selection show where she ended up in a nice 2nd position back in 2012.
The performance was followed by a humoristic but open-hearted interview where Conchita could discuss her alter ego Thomas Neuwirth as well as Eurovision or discrimination. Here you can read the interview. We are waiting for a video to be published by RTÉ soon (though Irish fans can watch it again on the RTE Player website).
While speaking about her bad Spanish and her second place in 2012 Austrian national final she spoke about the famous beard of hers: Oh yeah! It’s my beard, yeah. You know all the girls in Columbia have beards [Audience laugh]. No they don’t! You know the thing is, why I created this stage persona, emm, I think everybody would agree on that, if emm, when I say being a teenager is a very tough time. So, the same with me and I was always, like, more like the outsider, you know, and like the crazy bird. And I always tried to fit in, and I changed myself in every, every way you can imagine.
What about his life as Tom and her personation of Conhita?
I always say I’m a working queen and a very lazy boy at home. Emm, well yeah, and I just tried to fit in, but this never really worked out. So, at the end of the day I decided I deserve a fabulous life and just be myself… and this is very, very comfortable for me. I will stay in that [Conchita regalia] because it takes some time to get everything fixed. So, I enjoy being Conchita. But I also like, you know the lazy Tom at home.
Is Conchita happier in her skin than Tom was?
Yeah, you know the thing is, I came into show business in 2007 as Tom. And I don’t really, you know this didn’t work out that well for me because I didn’t understand that people were coming to me in my private time. So, I created this, not just because of this, I created this persona because nobody recognises me in the underground or, when I’m, you know, private. And I really enjoy that. Because I can say things, and it’s not me in the end of the day.
There is a message as well. As I mentioned, you know, I struggled with discrimination as far as I can remember. And I decided to create this bearded lady as a statement to just be yourself. And you can look whatever you want and you can dress however you like. Because it’s not about where you’re from, the colour of your skin, or the way you look. It’s just about you. It’s just about your character and I think it’s such an important thing. Especially now a days.
How have the Austrians taken to the fact that Conchita will be representing them in the Eurovision? Some of them were happy, and some of them, you know … I knew that it was going to be like that. Because the very first day I went on the stage in 2011, I was in a casting show, I knew back then that there would be people who like it and some people don’t really… I don’t understand it, because it’s [the beard] is just 2% of the whole body, you know, it’s just a little facial hair.