Conchita Wurst is an Austrian man who has always identified as a woman. The 25-year-old, whose real name is Thomas Nuewirth, calls himself "the bearded lady" and refers to him (her?) self as a "she." That's all well and good, and more power to her, but the truth is someone like Conchita is not the type who usually wins the very traditional and incredibly popular Eurovision Song Contest, which is broadcast all over the world and has launched the careers of Celine Dion and Julio Iglesias. I mean, look, there are lots of old-fashioned fans of the annual competition who are not cool with LGBT lifestyles, and who had no problem expressing their myopic views in the lead up to the contest.

But it made no difference. In the end, Conchita wowed judges and won Eurovision because her extraordinary talent was too great to deny.

No offense to American Idol, but contestants at Eurovision have to be able to prove they have both the pipes and ability to sit and write a darn good song. When Conchita took the stage to perform an original tune called "Rise Like a Phoenix," she wore a gorgeous full-length beaded dress and let her long brown hair flow over her shoulders. Her full beard is definitely the first thing you notice about her.

Before she even opened up her mouth, viewers in some countries were taped booing the singer. A petition was even circulated in Russia, Belarus, and Armenia last year that called for Conchita to be pulled from the contest's roster.

Instead of being intimidated, the star kept her head held up high and belted out this gorgeous song. And she is just fabulous.

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