Conchita rehearses first to 'Rise Like A Phoenix'

Conchita rehearses first to 'Rise Like A Phoenix'
Conchita Wurst. Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)
Copenhagen, Denmark -

Today the Austrian delegation were the first to rehearse at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen. Conchita was in a good mood when she arrived backstage, enjoying the experience. She was wearing a long black dress for today's rehearsal but her dress for the live show is still kept secret.

In today's rehearsal, Conchita Wurst performed in an elegant long black dress, which is not her stage outfit for the Semi-Final though. She was alone on stage, without any backing artists. Standing on a pedestal on a smoke-covered floor, she sang Rise Like A Phoenix confidently, showing her strong voice.

In the beginning, the stage was dark, and only after the first verse, spotlights were on Conchita. The LED screens were displaying flames on a black background which looked like wings of fire, fitting the lyrics of the song. A wind machine was also used.

Cosy and well organised backstage

"It's all so cosy and well organised here, I don't even want to go back to the hotel - I want to sleep here", Conchita said when she left her dressing room, preparing for the soundcheck. "I have been preparing intensively for these two weeks in Copenhagen. Two people are taking care of my looks here", she explained.

The dress that Conchita Wurst will wear on the Semi-Final night will remain a secret until Saturday, the day of the second Austrian rehearsal. "We will present it on that very day, so don't miss it", the head of press of the delegation, Roman Horacek, stated.

Conchita and the Austrian delegation arrived in Copenhagen yesterday from Vienna - here you can see her with all her luggage (Photo: ORF/Milenko Badzic).


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  • Posted on 9 May 2014 at 13:52
    PLZ, VOTE FOR AUSTIAAAAA!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 May 2014 at 19:18
    Eurovision used to be all about the SONGS...now i'm afraid it has become a CIRCUS...a freakshow to be more precise.
    Conchita Wurst is a MAN and his name is Tom Neuwirth !
    why are people reffering to him as SHE ?...he has not had a sex change and his name is TOM...so why SHE ?
    I like good music, i like to hear other languages...i don't like what eurovision has now become...end of. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 April 2014 at 19:32
    OMG mykaloen! Where do you life? In Russia? Or behind the moon?
    My wish for all the children in the world is that they can grow up in a world of tolerance and peace! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 April 2014 at 19:26
    Good luck Conchita! :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 April 2014 at 19:25
    i am a very tolerant person believe it or not...i am tolerant of race, religion & homosexuality but this is just plain ridiculous...it's just another "attention seeking" wierdo imo. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 April 2014 at 19:20
    oh and his name is Tom Neuwirth...his stage name is "Conchita"...Jeezus H ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 April 2014 at 19:18
    why are you all reffering to "her"...it's a bloke ffs ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 April 2014 at 18:17
    She is amazing.amazing personality,performance,bold statement which makes people think!The Eurovision has always been about tolerance and acceptance,as well as the music.Good Luck from a big fan in the UK who looks forward to seeing her on stage next thursday.Good Luck Austria! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 April 2014 at 17:30
    the kids today are being bombarded with all sorts of wierd stuff... i mean whats a child to think when it see's "that" on stage ?
    i can't wait to have my ticket punched...the world's really going down the toilet. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 April 2014 at 17:23
    Hope that acceptance wins over prejudice and vote for this nice performance, drama, power from Conchita. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 April 2014 at 17:18
    My one one the favorite song this year.
    she is great, finally someone with a story to tell and something to give to the audience !!!
    Conchita the new Bond Girl 2015 !!!
    Hope that finally the world understand: No matter where, what or who you are you can rech it, your dreams comes true !!!

    The world needs no more racism !!!

    Open your mind and you feel good and reach the good things.

    12 Points from me... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 April 2014 at 17:12
    "Believe" ... "the most annoying pop song ever" ? And then Conchita gives a wink and gets away with it ! Wonderrful !!! Go Conchita ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 April 2014 at 16:30
    I do love that song:) what can I say - a total sucker for drama! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 April 2014 at 14:45
    Yaayyy!!!! Go Conchita!!! I'm sure she'll rock the stage. All the best from Argentina! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 April 2014 at 12:35
    A nice performance , good luck Conchita :) report to the moderator