The organizers describe the event -- known for over-the-top costumes, kitsch pop songs and sometimes questionable talent -- as a non-political bringing together of talented people from all of Europe.
Contestants are often eccentric, colorful, unusual -- on the fringes of mainstream music in their home countries and this year's winner is no exception.
He is Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst, aka (in real life)Thomas Neuwirth. Wurst also refers to himself as "the bearded lady". Privately he calls himself "Tom" and refers to himself as "he".
And there's no doubt, Wurst/Neuwirth has a terrific voice. Watch his finals performance that won him the title.