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Unstoppable Conchita Wurst

Rising like a phoenix and stealing all our hearts, and the 2014 Eurovision crown, the world is for Conchita Wurst’s taking. And with her new self-titled album now released in the UK, we find out why the drag superstar really is unstoppable! We break down boundaries with Conchita Wurst.

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When did you first realise music was to become your life? For me, it all started with Disney movies. Obviously, that would be the first music that I would be interested in, and I would be singing along with the whole bits of the movie. I think I was about seven or eight when I first experienced with all my mind English speaking music. The track I’m sure was Goldfinger by Dame Shirley Bassey. As you can imagine, being born in Austria, you don’t have a clue what the language was supposed to be like, and I really didn’t know who this lady was. But she’s still, to this very day, the name that appears when it comes to music and my way of understanding it. I always think about how it would sound if she sang it, because when I first started, I tried to sing like her and found out that my voice was OK. That’s when I realised I could sing. I think I owe her money for the singing lessons [laughs].

Would you ever consider getting involved with Disney as an artist? Could we hear you voicing a Disney character soon? I see myself as a very theatrical performer, because you know, I love me some drama [laughs]. Then when it comes to Disney, the story is always the same and, of course— it’s a story of finding yourself and believing in yourself. That’s what attracts me. It does still to a lot of young people to this very day, so it’s definitely why I wanted tell a story with the music that I created.

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Category is Spring – and the library is open! The new issue of Shade Dragazine is filled with your favourite drag stars from all over the world – including Eurovision 2014 queen Conchita, in a new interview especially for Shade! Also giving us an exclusive is winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 4, Sharon Needles. Drag royalty, Lady Bunny, spills the T, plus we catch up with Panti Bliss, Latrice Royale, Courtney Act and Adore Delano. We chat to RuPaul about her music back catalogue – available on iTunes, of course. Summer's coming - get some Shade!