Setting trends is a risky business. Sometimes being fashion forward means being misunderstood. Sometimes being an artist means being viewed as a misfit. Such is the case with Romania’s Cezar Ouatu. Back in May the House of Eurovision named him runner-up for the Barbara Dex Award, which “honours” the worst-dressed contestant at ESC. His mystical black outfit covered in Swarovski crystals put a lot of people off. They just couldn’t deal with haute Dracula.
Well, today our readers have offered a firm rebuke by naming Cezar the best dressed contestant at ESC 2013. After counting a total of 8,533 votes, we are pleased to announce that Cezar has won the Sabina Babayeva Award for Best Dressed at Eurovision. Cezar, who is a fan of Romanian fashion brand EGO, earned 53% of all votes, beating out tough competition that included his Moldovan neighbour Aliona Moon. Here’s how the votes panned out.
1. Cezar Ouatu: 4,561 votes, 53.45%
2. Aliona Moon: 3,402 votes, 39.87%
3. Margaret Berger: 272 votes, 3.19%
4. Marco Mengoni: 204 votes, 2.39%
5. Who See: 94 votes, 1.1%
We would like to send a special shout out to Aliona, this year’s best-dressed female contestant. She effectively used her dress as a palate for some truly spectacular lighting effects. In doing so she built on the technical dress craze we’ve previously seen from Azeri beauties Safura and Sabina Babayeva.
The Sabina Babayeva award recognises the contestant who most turned Eurovision into a runway. Azerbaijan’s 2012 Eurovision contestant wowed us in Baku with her technologically advanced stage dress, but also with the stunning creations she wore at press conferences, promotional events, and when hobnobbing with stars at EuroClub. From on-stage glamour to off-stage elegance, she knew that fashion has a place in every setting.
This award is just one of a dozen awards we have launched as part of the inaugural Valentina Monetta Awards. Our 12 categories—from best dressed to most most wronged at ESC—identify the contestants who left the biggest impression on Eurovision fans, regardless of whether they won the contest or not.
Photos: Dennis Stachel (EBU)