Terry Wogan calls Conchita Wurst a ‘freak’
GAYSTARNEWS.COM REPORTS – Irish TV personality Terry Wogan has called the Eurovision Song Contest Conchita Wurst a ‘freak’. The 76-year-old, who has appeared on numerous British and Irish television and radio shows, used to be the BBC’s commentator for Eurovision until 2008. Following this, gay Irish TV host Graham Norton took over the role.
To pay tribute to this, Wogan was asked by the Irish Times to review Norton’s new book The Life and Loves of a He-Devil. ‘The inspired, logical choice for my replacement was Graham,’ Wogan says. ‘Norton says my only advice to him was not to start drinking before song seven. He made it his own from year one – although I’m bound to say that the Bearded Lady who won this year, reducing Graham to tears, might have had a slightly different effect on me. I’ve always seen the Eurovision as a sometimes foolish farce, but not as a freak show.’
The drag queen who won last year’s contest with Rise Like A Phoenix caused undeniably the biggest response in years. One Russian lawmaker described Wurst’s win as ‘signifying the end of Europe’. Some church leaders blamed Wurst for flooding in the Balkan region.
However Austrian President Heinz Fischer said it was ‘not just a victory for Austria, but above all for diversity and tolerance in Europe’. At the time, Norton said: ‘It seems like Eurovision has done something that matters just a little bit.’