Conchita Wurst wants to host a German RuPaul’s Drag Race


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Eurovision superstar Conchita Wurst has reminded us she’s “still waiting” for the call to host a German version of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The bearded Austrian drag queen won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 with her power ballad “Rise like a Phoenix”.

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Conchita recently revealed her love of RuPaul’s Drag Race in a new op-ed.

She says reality TV is crucial because it allows queer people to live their lives openly and authentically.

“Of course, close to my heart is anything to do with drag,” Conchita wrote in The Hollywood Reporter.

RuPaul’s Drag Race has taken the world by storm. I am the biggest fan and am still waiting for the call to host the German edition!”

Conchita Wurst reflected on the huge strides in LGBTIQ representation on screen in various countries around the world.

“The growth in LGBTQ+ programming is essential to the mental health of our queer community,” she said.

“We deserve equality and to lead our own narrative, in our own way.”

Conchita said in particular, audiences are still craving “new drag formats”.

In Denmark, the show Fabulous Dad sees fathers of drag queens join their children onstage in drag.

“With shows like these, the TV landscape will continue to broaden, tantalising viewers with stories and characters they haven’t seen before,” she wrote.

Conchita Wurst says LGBTIQ people make great television

Conchita Wurst also pointed out being queer is still criminalised in more than 70 countries worldwide.

“In many countries, our rights are being stripped away,” she wrote.

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“It’s important to never ease up on that fight for equality and to be vocal in our support of the community.

“We must keep fighting and being our beautiful, authentic selves because… that’s just what makes great television.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race is on the march around the world, with spinoffs in the UK, Canada, Thailand, Holland, Australia and New Zealand, and Spain.

Earlier this month, producers World of Wonder announced Drag Race Italia, produced by Italy, is also coming soon.

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