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Rise Like A Phoenix was the Austrian entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen performed by Conchita Wurst, the drag alter-ego of singer Tom Neuwirth. A powerful, anthemic ballad, many fans have equated it to a theme song for the long-running James Bond movie franchise.

Going into the contest, bookies saw Austria, like the Netherlands, as an outsider compared to the heavily-favored Armenia. However, Conchita's powerful performance in the second semifinal brought the house down and after qualifying saw the song move to the top of the bookies' rankings, overtaking Sweden.

In the final, it was performed 11th following Greece and preceding Germany. At the close of voting, it was declared the winner with 290 points, which included 13 sets of 12-point scores. Also, this was Austria's first win since 1966, having waited 48 long years to win again.

Lyrics

Waking in the rubble
Walking over glass
Neighbors say we’re trouble
Well that time has passed

Peering from the mirror
No, that isn’t me
A stranger getting nearer
Who can this person be

You wouldn't know me at all today
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
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

Trivia

  • This was the first winning entry since 1970 to be performed without the use of backing singers, musicians and/or dancers.
  • Twitter traffic for the final using the hashtag "#Eurovision" peaked the highest during the performance as well as immediately following Conchita's victory.

Videos

Conchita Wurst - Rise Like A Phoenix (Austria) 2014 Eurovision Song Contest03:06

Conchita Wurst - Rise Like A Phoenix (Austria) 2014 Eurovision Song Contest

Conchita Wurst - Rise Like a Phoenix (Austria) 2014 LIVE Eurovision Grand Final03:18

Conchita Wurst - Rise Like a Phoenix (Austria) 2014 LIVE Eurovision Grand Final

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