I really have to stop watching pre-Eurovision Song Contest Conchita Wurst videos. Because in half of them, she’s so interesting, something she says gets stuck in my head and the only way to stop it burrowing in there and settling down for a nice long rest is to write about it. (Sorry Conchita, but these incessant articles I write about you are obviously far more your fault than mine).
So what’s burrowed its way in today, and from which video?
The video is an interview Conchita Wurst did with Krone TV a month before Eurovision. A video Conchita’s fabulous Russian fan club, RusUnstoppables, added English subtitles to yesterday. The comment I’m thinking about is the last thing she says in the interview.
But anyhow, I won’t stop making music, no matter how the Song Contest ends, at least I deeply wish that. It would of course be nice if I were remembered, and I will do my best to assure that I won’t be forgotten.
Looking back on that comment, nine months down the road, and seeing not only Conchita’s incredible win, but also all the amazing things she’s done since then, makes me kind of sad. Sad that she had to spend much of her time before Eurovision defending being the one chosen to go and hoping that, if nothing else, after Eurovision she wouldn’t be so quickly forgotten.
What that comment also says to me is, even though she obviously wanted to win just like every other artist, she had never allowed herself to hope she would. In fact, all she was wanting from Eurovision was to be able to talk to the media, to give a good performance and to hope, when all was said and done, people would remember her.
Because, let’s face it, if she hadn’t made the final, or had ended up with a poor place, she would have soon been back in Austria where the bigots would have made sure she was known forever more as “that uppity drag queen who thought she was somebody”.