Conchita Wurst steals show at Aids research benefit

Conchita Wurst stole the show at Europe's biggest charity event, despite plenty of big-name competition. Party-goers dressed in little more than body paint rubbed shoulders with men in tuxedoes and cross-dressers in wild costumes, transforming Vienna's City Hall into a fantasy land.

The occasion, Europe's biggest charity event, was serious - raising money for AIDS research.

Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage during the opening ceremony of the 22nd Life Ball in Vienna Credit: Reuters

"I feel so poorly dressed," quipped a black-suited Bill Clinton, glancing down from the stage at the feather boas, fantastic head-dresses and exotic outfits among the 4,000 or so ball goers.

The former president urged all attending not to forget what lies behind "all the joy of this evening: the determination of every person ... here to give every child a better chance".

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (R) and organizer Gery Keszler Credit: Reuters
Singer Ricky Martin performs on stage Credit: Reuters