Conchita Wurst

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Austrian Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache, a tanned and charismatic rhetorican and protegé of the late Jörg Haider, he views the  poll as a protest vote against the left-right grand coalition government. Photograph: Reuters

While the rest of Austria celebrates Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision win, the sound of music in the Salzburg beer hall has a minor, Eurosceptic key. In th(...)

Sincere: Conchita Wurst. Photograph: Mogens Flindt/Scanpix Denmark/Reuters

It’s a week since Eurovision. The event has packed up its flamethrowers. The Ukranians have pointed their human hamster wheel homewards. The Polish mi(...)

Conchita Wurst with the trophy after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen last night. Photograph: EPA

There are Eurovision victories - and then there are historic Eurovision victories. Last night’s was one of the latter, as Conchita Wurst won the conte(...)

Conchita Wurst is making a special appearance at The George on Friday June 27th. Photograph: Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images

Thursday night’s relegation was a big disappointment, and we salute Kasey Smith and Can-Linn for a valiant effort. But Ireland lost its Eurovision moj(...)

Kasey Smith’s rendition of   ‘Heartbeat’ failed to make it into  the top 10 acts at the second semi-final of the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen this evening. Photograph: Nikolai Linares/EPA

Ireland has failed to qualify for the Eurovison Song Contest for the first time since 2009. Kasey Smith and the Irish traditional group Can-Linn, perf(...)

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