As if Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst hasn’t had an exciting enough year (she was the star on Jean Paul Gaultier’s catwalk, met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, walked the Golden Globes red carpet, performed for a week at the Crazy Horse Paris, was on half the TV shows in Europe, won three Amadeus Awards), it’s just been announced Conchita will also be one of the world-class artists featured in the opening for Eurovision 2015 in Vienna, Austria.
But not just any opening. This one includes the Vienna Boys’ Choir, The Vienna Philharmonic, the multi-national Superar Choir, violinist Lidia Baich, rapper Left Boy and the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra.
According to the official Eurovision Song Contest website, the Eurovision 2015 final will begin with The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra playing from the garden of the stunning Schönbrunn Palace.
We’ll then be taken through some of Austria’s most beautiful places and on to the Wiener Stadthalle where Lidia Baich will play. This segment will also include part of Austria’s first ever winning song from 1966 — Udo Jürgens’ Mercie Cherie. (And that alone will be a little sad, as it’s likely Udo himself would have been performing here if he had not died in late December last year).
The final segment of the opening will be Conchita Wurst with the Vienna Boys’ Choir, the Superar Choir and Left Boy singing the official “Building Bridges” anthem, while the Radio Symphony Orchestra plays. And the thought of that gives me goosebumps.
Because I’ve listened to and loved the Vienna Boys’ Choir for decades, since I first saw them on TV in the UK when I was just a kid. So to know I’m going to get to see Conchita Wurst with the Vienna Boys’ Choir at the Eurovision 2015 opening, as well as the Superar Choir and Left Boy, and more than likely in something ‘elaborate’, as Conchita has hinted at numerous times, just makes me happy.
The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will take place in Vienna on May 23rd. And my favorite girl is going to be center stage.
I cannot wait.