Eurovision breaks Twitter record as Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins for 2014

Last night the 2014 Eurovision song contest dominated Twitter generating more than 5.3 million tweets, peaking at the victory of the crowned winner – Austrian, bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst. Wurst's performance of the song 'Rise like a Phoenix' triggered a storm of enthusiasm from viewers who flocked to Twitter to show their support, clocking up an average 47,136 tweets per minute, according to the micro-blogging site. In total there were a 5,384, 678 tweets sent - smashing last year's total of 3.76 million across Europe - which at the time made it the most tweeted-about TV show of 2013, excluding sport, according to Twitter.

Wurst had been subject to vicious criticism in the run-up to the show, from homophobic and transphobic attacks from within her own country and others including Russia, who branded the contest a 'hotbed of sodomy', according to the BBC.However, most viewers and brands including Paddy Power, thought Wurst a deserved winner, with more than a few well-known names - including comedian Russel Brand - joining the Twitter action (see below).

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