See Conchita Wurst as the unbearded Tom Neuwirth

Tom Neuwirth, right, and as Conchita Wurst, left. Credit: DPA

The Eurovision Song Contest was won by Conchita Wurst, a bearded drag queen from Austria.

Wurst is the stage name of Tom Neuwirth, a 25-year-old who has also performed under his real name.

Online petitions were started in Belarus, Armenia and Russia - whose government passed a law last year banning "gay propaganda" among minors - to have Wurst removed or edited out of Eurovision broadcasts in their countries.

Wurst also faced ridicule since Austria's state broadcaster announced that it would send a drag queen to Copenhagen for this year's contest, but the performer promised to do the country proud.

And Wurst did - claiming the prize for Austria for the first time since 1966.