Elton And Cher Congratulate Eurovision Contest Victor

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Conchita Wurst, the latest Eurovision winner, has revealed he found a floral arrangement from Elton and David Furnish in his dressing room, as he recorded an interview for the Graham Norton show.

The bearded lady drag artist told BBC1 presenter Norton, in the interview to be screened tonight, that he also received a message from Cher.

"I was so excited to receive the tweet, which said, 'darling you deserve a lovelier name and better wig'. Cher, THE Cher, tweeted me."

The Austrian, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, said of his dressing room bouquet: "The card read, 'we love you, Elton and David'."

He also said he had hopes of hosting the contest next year when it is staged in Vienna, although as for the immediate future he was going to take his time to work out what he will do following his victory.

"Our society is so fast so I'm going to sit back and choose wisely. I will have to make new stuff. My goal is a Grammy so my songs will have to be good," said Wurst. "I have cast myself in the role of host at Eurovision next year in Vienna."

And he said he was still to mark the contest win properly as he rested after the final. "I slept. I haven't celebrated yet."

The proud performer took the winning trophy to the studio while recording the interview to be screened at 10.35 p.m. tonight, adding: "I am embarrassed that I take it everywhere with me."

In related developments, Russian officials have banned fans from staging a parade in honour of Conchita. Citing the risk of violence and the need to "respect morality," Moscow's security department denied an application for the Conchita Wurst March of Bearded Women and Men, which was due to take place on May 27.

Wurst has become an icon for Europe's LGBTQ community and a flashpoint for Russia's debate over gay rights. "The march of bearded people ... will be a trial balloon in our relations with the Moscow mayor's office this year," Nikolay Alexeyev, founder of Moscow Pride, recently said.

Nikolay says they will appeal the decision. Even if unsuccessful, they will try to merge the event with a proposed gay pride parade on the 31st of May.