Austrian performer Conchita Wurst, who has come to be known as the ‘bearded lady’, declared the winner. She has attracted widespread praise and predictably homophobic criticism following her win. Wurst’s message at the press conference following her win: “This project is based on tolerance, acceptance and love.” She dedicated the award to “everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom.
Australia’s Jessica Mauboy performed during a break in the competition in front of an estimated audience of over 20 million fans. Mauboy took to the stage to perform her new song ‘Sea of Flags’ which was co-written by Ilan Kidron (of The Potbelleez) and expat Stuart Crichton (who has written songs for Kylie, Delta, and Sugababes).