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UK Eurovision drought continues as Conchita wins it all

Britain's Eurovision Song Contest hopefully Molly Smitten-Downes could only reach a 17th place finish, with Austria's "bearded lady" Conchita Wurst finishing the clear winner.

Singer Molly representing the United Kingdom performs the song "Children of the Universe" Credit: REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Conchita elicited huge cheers from the crowd as she took the stage in a fitted gown, and her trademark facial hair, before delivering an accomplished performance of her song Rise Like A Phoenix.

Conchita Wurst, representing Austria, performs the song "Rise Like a Phoenix". Credit: REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

But it was not to be for the 27-year-old British singer-songwriter on the night.

The UK contestant Molly only managed a 17th place finish for her song, Children of the Universe:

Despite the loss, her performance will go some way to easing memories of Britain's poor run of form in the competition in recent years.

It is estimated the 2014 competition was watched by 180 million viewers across 45 countries.

After securing her victory, Conchita said:

This award is dedicated to everybody who believes in a world of peace and freedom.

You know who you are - we are unity and we are unstoppable.

– Conchita
Conchita Wurst sings for Austria and claims the coveted prize. Credit: REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

She went on to secure her victory with three rounds to spare eventually accumulating 290 points.

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