As we have noted in the past, Eurovision artists need to work hard in order to show off their uniqueness. Sometimes this is through gimmicks, such as cake songs and disco balls. But in this edition of “Who did it better?”, we are focusing on a crucial aspect of the performance: the costume!

We all remember how Iceland’s Pollapönk qualified from their semi-final wearing brightly-colored jumpsuits, and how they strutted along the red carpet in vibrant dresses, and even interviewed in colorful bathrobes. But we’ve seen this rainbow gimmick grace the stage before: eleven years ago, to be exact, when Lou sang probably one of the most memorable ESC lyrics of the decade, “Let’s get happy and let’s be gay.”

Pollapönk’s main influence is the (much more) famous Australian children’s band, the Wiggles. Just as the Wiggles have a purple, red, blue, and yellow shirt-wearing member, Pollapönk uses these same light colors, but takes it to the next level by dressing up a little more fancy. Their suits, complete with white bowties and handkerchiefs, surely won them the award for best-dressed.

However, the anti-prejudice preachin’ preschool teachers are rivaled by Germany’s most eccentric contestant yet, Lou from 2003. Lou and her posse opted for shiny bell-bottoms and dresses adorned with sequins, mostly as a reference to her animated music video (the first ever in Eurovision history), but also as a way to share the gay rainbow with all of Europe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjbD13ay1sM&feature=kp

Who showed off their colors better? Should we wear a bright-blue suit to the next contest? Or go to the discothèque in a shiny red blouse and pants? Vote in our poll and then let us know in the comments section below!

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Marcelo N
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Pollapönk rocked!

ESCaddict
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Did Poolaponk say they were influenced by The Wiggles? Musically they are different.

James
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James

Was the word ‘gay’ not used in the more traditional sense in Lou’s song, though? I always got the impression that when she said ‘gay’ she did just mean ‘happy’ or ‘joyful’, which would make sense given how frequently the word ‘gay’ is used in well-known English literature written before the word ‘gay’ made any references to homosexuals, and how old Lou (presumably) is …

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Lou is totally onboard with everything gay, I just don’t think ‘Let’s get happy’ is the pride anthem that some think it is.

beccaboo1212
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Pollaponk <3