Conchita Wurst steals show at AIDS charity event


VIENNA (AP) — Conchita Wurst stole the show Saturday at Vienna's Life Ball, Europe's largest charity event for AIDS research.

Wurst won the recent Eurovision song contest, and hoots of approval, applause and whistles greeted the bearded drag queen as she belted out her winning torch song "Fly Like a Phoenix."

But there was plenty of big-name competition.

"I feel so poorly dressed,' quipped a black-suited Bill Clinton, glancing from the stage at the feather boas, headdresses and exotic outfits generously sprinkled among the 4,000 or so ball goers at City Hall Square.

Other well-knowns included Ricky Martin and "Desperate Housewife" Marcia Cross, who co-presented an award to SWAP, a Kenya-based charity working to provide clean water to AIDS victims.

©2016 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.