Vienna • Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst made a triumphant return to Austria on Sunday after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in what the country's president called a victory for tolerance in Europe.
Wurst was greeted at Vienna airport by hundreds of fans singing the winning ballad, "Rise like a Phoenix."
Wurst drew criticism from eastern Europe before Saturday's show, with some blasting her as an example of Western decadence.
However, Austria won points even from Russia. Wurst told a news conference shortly after her arrival in Vienna that shows "you can't reduce a country to its tolerance or intolerance."