Officials at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest have confirmed that they forced Albania’s Igzidora Gjeta to cover up after seeing her barely-there dress at the second rehearsal yesterday.
Speaking at a press conference this morning, JESC Supervisor Sietse Baker explained that he had a “good talk” with the head of the Albanian delegation. Here’s what he had to say:
We have quite strict ethical guidelines. We’re dealing with kids between the ages of 10 and 15. We’re here to make a show that is suitable to be aired on television in all participating countries. When we have the rehearsals we always look at the costumes along with the producers of the show and we evaluate whether they meet those ethical standards, which is of course always a subjective decision. In case of the Albanian dress we decided that it was too mature.
AVRO, the host broadcaster, is now advising Igzidora on how to craft a more appropriate dress for the contest.
Team Wiwi were very suspicious yesterday after the EBU failed to post any close-up shots of Igzidora on its photo blog on junioreurovision.tv. Instead, we got blacked-out shots—like the one above—and shots from afar as below.
We’ve tried to blow up the photo below. As you can see, Igziodra wore a black lace cocktail dress, highly reminiscent of the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress from the world premiere of Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse.” Except that it didn’t cover her legs or chest or shoulders.
UPDATE: Wiwi attended the first complete run-through today and Igzidora has, in fact, adjusted her wardrobe. She now wears a black leather top over the dress, dark material under the skirt, and cinches it at the waist with a sparkling belt. She wears a matching choker. It looks much more sophisticated, and shows a lot less skin. Good job, AVRO!