Conchita’s music video of Falco’s ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ is artistry at its most perfect

One thing about Austrian singer Conchita‘s career progression since she won Eurovision is, wherever she decides to take her constantly-changing career next, it will always be edgy and surprising.

One surprising decision was Conchita’s cover of Falco’s ‘Rock Me Amadeus‘ during the opening of last night’s Amadeus Austrian Music Awards.

But even more surprising and even more artistically stunning is Conchita’s official music video of the song. A video that went up on her YouTube channel just minutes after her Amadeus Awards performance ended.

Because, sure, this video is part of the ongoing melding together of Conchita and her alter-ego Tom Neuwirth — and that is certainly interesting to see.

But, even more importantly, her revamped and electronic-ized version of ‘Rock Me Amadeus‘, the choreography, the beautiful way her sometimes quite disturbing visuals were shot, and the artistry involved means, if this video had been released by an American artist, it would be viral by now with millions of views.

It is that good.

Conchita’s cover of Falco’s ‘Rock Me Amadeus‘ live at Amadeus Austrian Music Awards

First, watch Conchita’s performance of ‘Rock Me Amadeus‘ at the Amadeus Austrian Music Awards.

Watch it on the official link from ORF but, as they remove things from their site, I am also including a video.


That performance is a cool mix of the new electro version of ‘Rock Me Amadeus‘ (which I like more than the original) and a medley of songs nominated for an Amadeus Award.

Songs that ended with the brilliant Ina Regen’s ‘Wie a Kind‘. (Video of the original song at the bottom of my interview with Ina here).

And what is notable with this performance is two-fold.

Conchita is dancing, and she doesn’t do that often, and it is in a fitting dance style for her. As, being a guy, she doesn’t have the fluidity of hip movement most women do.

So her dances often end up stilted.

In past years, she seemed to be uncomfortable with that stiffness and, in some ways, seemed to be embarrassed by it. (Which there was never any need because, honey, Dude, remember?)

Lately, however, she seems to have come to terms with the “I’m never going to be Britney Spears’ reality of being Conchita/Tom Neuwirth and has instead embraced that stiffness.

That means we now get choreography like last night’s that, yes, is still stilted, but a stiltedness and a style that fit the music perfectly and gave a delightfully edgy feel to her performance.

The other thing evident during her Amadeus performance of ‘Rock Me Amadeus‘ were those incredible vocals Conchita now has the range to pull off. A vocal range she developed since Eurovision with endless hours of hard work.

Because when I first met her a couple of years ago and I mentioned how good her vocals were, I got back the same answer she always used to give, “I’m not Beyonce. I have to work at it”.

The thing is, that ‘working at it’ has paid off immensely as nowadays Conchita’s vocals are just as powerful and just as beautiful as any American superstar out there.

Particularly as she/he hits notes few male singers can.


Conchita’s music video of Falco’s ‘Rock Me Amadeus‘ is artistry at its most perfect

Conchita’s new music video of ‘Rock Me Amadeus‘, however, is something else.

From the moment it begins, with quick shots of Conchita in various outfits, including the glittery top and black patent leather pants she wore during last night’s performance, (a sort of ultra-modern version of the tuxedo Falco wore in his video), the scene is set.

And, as a viewer, you know this one will be avant-garde, and a little disturbing.

That disturbing atmosphere is ramped up, however, as Conchita stares at the camera with alternating looks of disdain, arrogance, vulnerability, defiance, inquisitiveness and insanity, only to become more unnerving as flashes of a blurred out bare-chested Conchita give off almost a feeling of threat. But threat to her and her sanity, not to us.

But what makes this video utterly brilliant, and artistry at its most perfect, is how Falco’s musical story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Conchita’s hands becomes something much more dramatic.

Filmed as it is from the waist up, focused completely on her face and arm movements, and with nothing more complicated than a black or white screen behind her.

Study the shots of the bare-chested artist with arms outstretched and hands moving to the music, shaking as she maniacally conducts an orchestra only she can see.

The alternating looks of absolute strength and utter vulnerability that seem almost to be bordering on madness. The way she inhabits that concept like it is a second skin, and creates an entirely new persona with just a song, ever changing facial expressions, and the emotions radiating from her.

That is the brilliance of Tom Neuwirth.

His ability to step outside of himself, and be someone else entirely. The rarest of gifts that make this fascinating artist so enormously complex.

An artist that can pull off what, in anyone else’s hands, would be a simple video for a cover song, but in his is a work of art.

Watch Conchita’s ‘Rock Me Amadeus‘ music video below.

But don’t just watch it once. Because it takes a few times through to notice the subtleties of her facial expressions, the arm movements, the emotions, and to understand what she wants to say.

(**And don’t miss that split second shot of Conchita in that mask as it’s a perfect representation of being ‘Austrian’. Polite and conservative on the outside, with a kinky interior. 🙂 🙂 Love it!).

The folks behind the video

Arrangement, Producer: Edo Meyer,  EDO MUSIC

Mix: Martin Kromar ECHOPILOT

Master: Georg Tomandl SUNSHINE MASTERING

Director, Editing: André Karsai KASEE

Camera, Grading: Johannes Dürhammer


About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered anime, manga, K-drama and music news for over a decade.

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