Conchita to "Rise Like A Phoenix" for Austria

Conchita to "Rise Like A Phoenix" for Austria
Conchita Wurst. Photo: ORF/Thomas Ramstorfer
Vienna, Austria -

Today, the Austrian entry for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest has been premiered on a press conference in Vienna - it's a ballad called Rise Like A Phoenix, to be sung by Conchita Wurst, who had been internally selected to represent Austria.

Austrian public broadcaster ORF today held a press conference to present the Austrian entry for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. You can watch the official video clip of Rise Like A Phoenix, which was written by Charly Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski and Julian Maas, here:

Conchita Wurst was internally chosen to represent Austria already back in September - you can check out our article back then:

Get to know Conchita Wurst

What are the highlights of your previous career?
Well I appeared in 2011 for the first time as Conchita on the austrian talent show "Die große Chance". In 2012 I participated in the Eurovision national finals, I came second. While working on music and my career as an entertainer I got the chance to meet fabulous people like Stefan Raab, Brendan O'Connor and Jean Paul Gaultier. in 2013 I appeared on German TV the first time, in a show called "Wild Girls" which was made in Africa. And then of course the biggest milestone so far is the Eurovision Song Contest this year. Because of that i still get the chance to meet my fans all over Europe.

What's special about your entry?
For me the most special and honoring thing is that Austria shows tolerance and acceptance and I’m so happy to be this statement. I’m allowed to be the voice of their beliefs during this time and this really makes me very proud. We, and not at least myself, want to stand for a society without hate and discrimination. And if I’m honest, I think everyone of the contestants should stand for the same, cause we are joining a very opend minded project, so they should be open minded too.

What do you want achieve with your entry?
For me as a musician it’s like the biggest thing so far. I really want to reach a good place in the ranking for my country, and for myself, I want to be proud of my performance. Cause I’m my worst critic. Besides that, I really hope that I get the chance to change some minds all around Europe. I want to show them that you can look whatever you want and that everybody must have the right to live their life however they want it, if nobody gets hurt.

Where do you get your inspiration?
From so many different people and situations around me. From my parents to my granny and my friends to cher :-) I’m a person focusing on the good things in life and that's the most inspiring thing.

What is your message for your fans?
Well, first of all I’m so thankful and privileged to live the life I do. And that’s because there are people out there who care of what I do. Thank you so much for that. And then, I really want to convince them to be the best version of themselves rather than a bad copy of someone else! You can do whatever you want if you’re not hurting anyone.

What is your personal relationship to Eurovision Song Contest?
I watched the Song Contest as far back as I can remember with my mom. I always wanted to be on this stage and now it’s my turn and I’m beyond happy and thankful for this opportunity.

The lyrics


Rise like a phoenix


Out of the ashes
Seeking rather than vengeance
Retribution
You were warned
Once I'm transformed
Once I’m reborn
You know I will rise like a phoenix
But you're my flame

Go about your business
Act as if you’re free
Noone could have witnessed
What you did to me

Cause you wouldn’t know me today
And you have got to see
To believe
From the fading light I fly

Rise like a phoenix
Out of the ashes
Seeking rather than vengeance
Retribution
You were warned
Once I'm transformed
Once I’m reborn

I rise up to the sky
You threw me down but
I'm gonna fly

And rise like a phoenix
Out of the ashes
Seeking rather than vengeance
Retribution
You were warned
Once I'm transformed
Once I’m reborn
You know I will rise like a phoenix
But you’re my flame


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  • Posted on 14 May 2014 at 19:17
    Finally I'm so glad that the person who said that she/he would have to turn off the TV during Conchita's performance, finally had to do it TWICE :-) :-) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 May 2014 at 13:58
    THE BEST VOICE IN THE ESC!!!!! VOTE FOR AUSTIA PLZ!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 April 2014 at 14:24
    This song gonna be winer in EV song contest 2014 due to Aram mp3. you know what I mean...anyway I think Swedia Hungary and Uk will join Austria report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31 March 2014 at 12:23
    EV of this year gonna be the most interesting for me!! I love this song wish you good luck!!!! <3333 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 March 2014 at 22:54
    Let's hope you'll have to turn your TV twice report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 March 2014 at 01:52
    Somebody help me, I really can't get this out of my head, and I don't mind.. once I'm transformed, once I'm reborn, you know I will rise like a... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 March 2014 at 16:33
    It is very embarrassing to hear that the nice Armenian singer Aram Mp3 has shown certain homophobic feelings talking about Conchita Wurst! It is a shame since he sings about love and not fight!

    I hope he will apologize! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 March 2014 at 20:15
    Good luck to her. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 March 2014 at 02:42
    While i listen to the song i got a feeling like this could be the worst james bond theme song. No offence but yeaah ... I don't really like it report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 March 2014 at 01:39
    I'm absolutely in love with "Rise like a Phoenix". Even if Austria does not win the contest this song will rise with its trumpets and strings forever and ever... a true artwork where every element is in perfect balance contributing to an original sonority. Well done, Austria, and thank you for pushing the World a litlle more further!!!!!!!!!

    Profoundly touched,
    an eurofan from Portugal report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 March 2014 at 23:03
    It's not a good song really. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 March 2014 at 13:54
    Well done, Austira!
    This song is great and this should be the only thing that metters.
    I am looking forward to eat some Sachertorte next year!
    12 Points from Greece report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 March 2014 at 12:29
    I think people are paying their attention more on how she/he is than in her/his song. I don't know if this is the expected result. I don't have any homophobic prejudice, but, what I mean, is that many people are talking about her appereance (in a good and in bad way) and just they forget this is a song contest... Personnally I do not hate the song, I think it's ok, but I think too that people are not being objective with this entry, they overrate it or underrate it, depending on his/her aspect... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 March 2014 at 06:25
    This reminds me of Albania's 2012 entry Suus, in the way that the music and the lyrics clash together in an experimental fashion. It's pushing that boundaries of music and while some may not see it as a "Finalist" I think this has winner quality. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 March 2014 at 21:41
    What a great song!
    1st Place for both of you, Conchita (for the truth) and Suzy (for the joy)!
    Wish you luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Austria and Portugal 12 Points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! report to the moderator