Austria's Conchita Wurst wins the Eurovision song contest

Austria's Conchita Wurst has won the Eurovision song contest, winning the prize for the first time since 1966. Britain's hopeful Molly Smitten-Downes came 17th.

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Conchita Wurst's winning song 'Rise like a Phoenix'

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a

grandiose James Bond-theme-like ballad "Rise Like a Phoenix", before an international TV audience of around 180 million people in 45 countries.

Wurst, sporting high heels, butterfly eyelashes and a full beard, won the competition, defeating the Netherlands' modern country duo The Common Linnets.

It was Austria's first victory since 1966. The contest has been held every year since 1956.

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