Lithuania’s Vilija Mataciunaite may not have advanced from the second semi-final, but in the aftermath of Eurovision she can add another distinction to her resume. It was announced today that she has won the infamous Barbara Dex Award for the worst outfit at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.
Vilija, who was bold enough to pair leather with rubber, won with a staggering 311 votes. Her black tutu and turquoise body sleeve left Europeans dialing the fashion police. Ana Matronic, who covered Eurovision for BBC’s Radio 2, described the look as “Tron meets Swan Lake”, while members of our Wiwi Jury suggested that she resembled an extra on the set of a porno inspired by Avatar.
Italy’s Emma Marrone and Moldova’s Cristina Scarlat finished joint second with 90 votes each.
Emma resembled a drag queen dressed up as Julius Ceasar. As our jurors previously pointed out, she deserves props for pairing her gold panties with her gold headpiece.
Cristina, who ripped her hair extensions out at the climax of her song, mixed cotton, chiffon and metal embellishments to great effect. She could work as a double at a Renaissance Festival.
Vilija follows in the footsteps of last year’s winners Moje 3 of Serbia, Albania’s Rona Nishliu and Ukraine’s Verka Serduchka. The award is named after the 1993 Belgian representative, who wore an awful plain beige, see-through dress on the big night. The poor thing sewed it herself.
2014 Barbara Dex Award Results
1. Vilija (Lithuania) – 311 votes
2. Emma Marrone (Italy) – 90 votes
2. Cristina Scarlat (Moldova) – 90 votes
4. The Shin & Mariko (Georgia) – 76 votes
5. Hersi (Albania) – 64 votes
6. Twin Twin (France) – 56 votes
7. Can-Linn ft. Kasey Smith (Ireland) – 52 votes
7. Tijana (FYR Macedonia) – 52 votes
9. Donatan & Cleo (Poland) – 40 votes
10. Elaiza (Germany) – 30 votes
Photos: Andres Putting (EBU)