AUSTRIA – The Austrian drag queen, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 with her power ballad “Rise Like a Phoenix”, spoke about her love of Drag Race in a Hollywood Reporter op-ed.
She also praised reality television for leading the way by allowing queer people to live their lives openly and authentically.
“Of course, close to my heart is anything to do with drag,” Wurst wrote. “RuPaul’s Drag Race has taken the world by storm. I am the biggest fan and am still waiting for the call to host the German edition!”
Eurovision legend Conchita Wurst says audiences still want ‘new drag formats’
Conchita Wurst said audiences are still craving “new drag formats”.
She went on to heap praise on Fabulous Dad from Metronome Denmark, a factual entertainment series that sees fathers of drag queens performing into drag themselves.
“With shows like these, the TV landscape will continue to broaden, tantalizing viewers with stories and characters they haven’t seen before,” Wurst wrote.
The Eurovision winner closed out her article by reminding readers that LGBT+ people are still criminalized in more than 70 countries worldwide.
“It’s important to never ease up on that fight for equality and to be vocal in our support of the community. We must keep fighting and being our beautiful, authentic selves because… that’s just what makes great television.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race had modest beginnings when it first kicked off in 2009, but it has since expanded into numerous territories, including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
Despite this, Germany has yet to get its own version of Drag Race.
In 2019, a series called Queen of Drags saw 10 queens from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland compete for the title of “Queen of Drags Germany”, but the series was not officially affiliated with Drag Race.