Former Eurovision star Julio Iglesias backs 'bearded lady'

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

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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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