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Stars congratulate drag queen Eurovision winner

Stars congratulate drag queen Eurovision winner © AP / Conchita Wurst Stars congratulate drag queen Eurovision winner


Stars including Boy George and Simon Le Bon have congratulated Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst, who triumphed at the annual Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night. The singer, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, caused a huge stir even before the event took place with his long hair, glamorous outfits and full facial beard. Wurst triumphed for Austria with the song "Rise like a Phoenix" at the extravaganza in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Stars took to Twitter to send their well-wishes to the winner. Boy George wrote, "Gorge. A vote for gay solidarity!" Le Bon added, "I'm glad #Austria won #Eurovision. Here's to beardy chicks the world over. Yas (wife Yasmin Le Bon) probably won't shave today." Actor Simon Pegg was also thrilled by the winner, adding, "Holy sculpted facial hair! Looks like I missed a doozy after all. Good on you Europe for showing some trans gender love. #eurovison."

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