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PopWrapped | Music

ESC2015: Austria Will Show The World How Eurovision Is Done

Lara Meier | PopWrapped Author

Lara Meier

Updated 05/20/2015 12:04am
ESC2015: Austria Will Show The World How Eurovision Is Done | eurovision
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Get ready, because Eurovision is back, and bigger than ever. Imagine the largest TV-show worldwide, 26 cameras, amazing (and not-so-amazing) music, LED screen with a 3D-effect... And it is happening for the first time in many years in my home country: AUSTRIA! Produced by the Austrian TV station ORF, we'll get to see Kurt Pongratz direct the Eurovision Song Contest this year, which will take place at Wiener Stadthalle (Vienna City Hall). Does this mean that only Austrians can view this? No! There is a livestream for you to view. Watch this video explaining the ESC2015 a little bit in order to understand what happens over here in Europe for this event (this one was for you lovely American folks!):
Generally, there are two semi-finals; one is happening today at 8pm GMT, and another one will be on Thursday, May 21st  at 8pm GMT as well. The grand finale will then be held on May 23rd at 8pm GMT. Some finalists are already fixed to advance, since they fund most of the event. Last year’s winning country is performing and competing in the finals as well. What country is that, you ask? It's my AUSTRIA! The theme of this year’s ESC is “Building Bridges”, making the whole event stand for equality in every aspect. Therefore, this year is the first time that the whole show will be translated into sign language, enabling many hearing-impaired people to enjoy the competition, too. Last year Conchita Wurst won the competition with her hit ballad “Rise Like A Phoenix”. I AM SO PROUD!!! Conchita is an Austrian drag queen first made famous in 2011 by competing in a national talent show and coming in 2nd place. She is portrayed by Tom Neuwirth , who came in 2nd place in another competition in 2007. This is why I am so proud of Conchita: she was the first person I understood was gay, as I had not been confronted with anything like that directly. And it has changed my life, because this is something I feel so strongly about. Conchita is not single; she has a husband, Jacques Patriarch, who is an international boylesque (male burlesque) star and let me tell you, he likes his art form and is great at it! Conchita Wurst wanted to compete in the ESC in 2012, as well. However, she came in 2nd place again, in a singing competition determining Austria’s competing artist. Three times the charm, I hope. She finally won something, though: the ESC2014 in Copenhagen. Since then, her notoriety has only grown. Come enjoy ESC2015 with me as I review the shows, throw in some experience performing for the ESC2015 and celebrating the party in Vienna, Austria until May 23rd!

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