Eurovision fans remember Belgium’s Barbara Dex primarily for her ill-advised costume at the Eurovision Song Contest 1993. Wearing what appeared to be a transluscent potato sack or set of aged curtains, she has subsequently become synonymous with on-stage fashion disasters, thanks to the Barbara Dex Award.
Miss Dex, whose voice possesses much more charm than her infamous costume, has kept on making music. In fact, more than two decades after her ESC performance, she is back with a new single called “Falling in Love”. It’s a 1950s throwback that makes us think of nights in our cars at the drive-in movie. (And, at least musically, of Belgium’s JESC 2011 song “Een kusje meer” from Femke).
Barb sings a list of demands to her lover, and she demands a lot: “This is reality and not some kind of fiction, shake it shake it honey, cause I need it, you gotta prove yourself cause I wanna feel it.”
Her expectations go beyond the physical. You simply cannot embarrass Barbara in public: “Hold on a second cause I don’t want trouble, don’t let me tell you you’re so drunk you’re seeing double, double.” It sounds like she’s had some bad experiences. We wonder if she feels the pressure to appear well dressed all the time.
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Barbara Dex at Eurovision 1993