Wednesday, 01. October 2014
13. 05. 14. - 15:00
A rapper who was part of the expert panel from Germany at this year's Eurovision Song Content and said the Austrian entry belonged in a cage at a circus has been forced to defend the panel's bid to give Conchita Wurst "Nul Points"
Controversial German rapper Sido had already sat on expert panels that Conchita Wurst had previously faced on her journey to the final, and made no secret of the fact that he was not a fan.
And in one interview, published in Austria before the contest, when asked what he thought about Conchita he replied: "I guess it was obvious that someone like Frau Wurst would go forward. In earlier times there used to be women with beards as well who were also quite popular, but in the circus, in a cage. You'd pay your five pieces of silver and you could wander in and look at them. The only difference is that nowadays you get to see them for free, or at least if you pay your TV licence fee."
In the end the Germans gave Conchita seven points after the experts ranked her in 11th place, but the public had placed her a clear number one. Combined with the expert score it meant a ranking of four which converted into a total of seven points. In no other country was the difference so extreme between the public vote and the expert panel.
That means that if it had been down to the German public Austria would have got 12 points. Instead German singer Helene Fischer revealed it was 7 when she announced the results live during the competition.
Alongside Sido and the singer Andreas Bourani there was also Jennifer-Rostock frontwoman Jennifer Weist, songwriter Madeline Juno and Talentscout Konrad Sommermeyer on the panel.
But only Jennifer Weist seems to have been in favour of the Austrian with a 9 ranking, according to all the rest they tried to give her no points. Yet apparently beforehand Andreas Bourani had said that Conchita Wurst was one of his favourites before the event place, adding: "I really think that she does have a very good chance of winning."
An explanation as to why they rated her so low was not given when requested by German media, but later Sido tweeted: "It is not fair to accuse me of lacking tolerance, I gave all the candidates the same chance to impress. I valued them regardless of nationality, religion or their sexual orientation. What counted was the music, the composition, the voice and the performance. Nothing else influenced my decision."
Sido however had voted for Denmark, that ended up coming in at rank number nine.
The German vote came as no surprise to Conchita and her team. They had already warned prior to the voting that they weren't expecting to get very many points on a jury that had Sido on the team. But despite his opposition it didn't stop her winning with a significant victory.
Sido, alias Paul Hartmut Wuerdig, is unlikely to see any consequences though as he seems to have a charmed life not just in Germany but also in Austria where he features frequently as a member of the jury on casting shows.
Last year a reporter working for the Austrian broadcasting corporation ORF that asked him questions he did not like was punched by Sido. The end result was that Sido kept his job, but the reporter who was punched was sacked.
The ORF said it was looking to save money and denied the decision to axe reporter Dominic Heinzl was anything to do with the fight.
German rapper Sido, whose name is a shortening of the phrase Super Intelligent Drug Addict (super-intelligentes Drogenopfer), hit Heinzl and then proceeded to swear at him, bizarrely telling him it was a good thing his mother was dead as she was a prostitute. It is not the first scandal involving the rapper, who was fined 14,000 EUR (11,000 GBP) for throwing a stone at a disabled woman in August 2007.
Rare Bald Ibis Makes Microlight Flight To Italy
The project to introduce an extinct bird back to Europe is hailing success after successfully negotiating a new route over the Alps and training 14 Northern Bald Ibises how to fly south to winter feeding grounds in southern Tuscany.
Pat On The Back From Manure Explosive
A traffic cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding.
Viennese Jihad Girl May Have Been Killed
Austrian police say that one of the two attractive young teenage girls who fled the country to go to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels may have been killed.
Perversion of a Medical Dream
The Decline and Fall of the Otto Wagner Hospital, Vienna.
Fat Can Be Used To Burn Off Weight After New Patent Unveiled
It is being hailed as a sensation after scientists at an Austrian university patented a method that transforms fat storing cells into mini factories capable of actually destroying fat by burning it off.
Three Family Members Dead In Well Tragedy
A mother has lost her husband, her pregnant daughter and her son-in-law after a tragic accident where one of them fell into a well and the other two died while trying to carry out a failed rescue.
Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt
A British soldier who tackled the frozen Austrian Alps wearing just shorts and a T-shirt has been rapped by officials after he had to be rescued from the snowy peak.
Mum And Daughter Struck By Lightning In Pool
A mother and her daughter were hospitalised after they were struck by lightning – in a swimming pool.
Police Nab Porn Star Who Filmed In Local Church
A woman accused of making a porn movie in a local church has been caught after an informant tipped off police that he recognised her by her breasts after an appeal for information.
Young Hip Hop Dancer Gets 18 Years For Drug Smuggling
A blonde hip hop dancer and charity worker promised an international career after she was spotted by a talent scout has been jailed for 18 years in Indonesia after her work offer turned out to have been part of an elaborate drugs con.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Porn Scandal Over Latvian PM Press Aide|
|Evil Dad Hunted By Cops After Beating Son To Force Wife Back|
|High Speed Segway Chase Nabs Crook|
|Bystander Almost Killed When Car Explodes|
|Till Death Us Two Part|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.