Julio Iglesias backs 'bearded lady'

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Julio Iglesias is to perform at the Royal Albert Hall. Julio Iglesias is to perform at the Royal Albert Hall.

Latin crooner Julio Iglesias has backed "bearded lady" Conchita Wurst saying the Eurovision winner was "a super singer".

Wurst, who won the title for Austria on Saturday night, is a drag act whose real name is Tom Neuwirth and was criticised in the run-up to the show, with some Russian politicians calling for his performance to be edited out.

Iglesias , who represented Spain at the contest in 1970, said: " I think she is a super singer, she is an amazing girl, she is very sensitive and I'm very happy for her. You know artists take different situations in life and she is in a very different situation, so I think it's great."

The star, who is in London to play two gigs at the Royal Albert Hall, picked up a special award at a ceremony in the capital in recognition of his chart success which has seen him sell more than 300 million records.

He has duetted with stars including Willie Nelson, Diana Ross and Frank Sinatra but said he was not sure if he would ever sing with his sons, who have also gone on to be successful singers.

He said: "Enrique and Julio are very independent, I don't even know their girlfriends, how do I know if I'll be able to sing with them, I hope so."

Iglesias, who has sung in 14 different languages, is the best-selling Latin male artist in the world and had his first big UK hit in 1981 with a cover version of the Cole Porter song Begin The Beguine.

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6:29pm Mon 12 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

1. Conchita Wurst is not a "bearded lady" as she identifies as gender neutral.

2. Conchita Wurst prefers the pronoun "she" and not "he".

I've noticed the same, tired narrative throughout the British press. It seems that they have such a low opinion of the intelligence of their readership that they feel the need to patronise us by packaging concepts up in often misleading bite-sized pieces that they think we, the masses, will understand as they seemingly second-guess that we are not capable of understanding complex ideas. I guess this would be some crude attempt at populism? Or an attempt by a right-wing dominated heterosexist and gender normative mainstream media to water down the radicalism of the elephant in the room which is "shock horror": some of us identify outside of the establishment's precious artificially created gender binary.
1. Conchita Wurst is not a "bearded lady" as she identifies as gender neutral. 2. Conchita Wurst prefers the pronoun "she" and not "he". I've noticed the same, tired narrative throughout the British press. It seems that they have such a low opinion of the intelligence of their readership that they feel the need to patronise us by packaging concepts up in often misleading bite-sized pieces that they think we, the masses, will understand as they seemingly second-guess that we are not capable of understanding complex ideas. I guess this would be some crude attempt at populism? Or an attempt by a right-wing dominated heterosexist and gender normative mainstream media to water down the radicalism of the elephant in the room which is "shock horror": some of us identify outside of the establishment's precious artificially created gender binary. Katie Re-Registered
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