Last week, Jennifer Lopez took to the stage of American Idol and wowed the audiences with her projection dress. However, as Eurovision fans know all too well, the respective gown – also known as the LED dress – is nothing new. It all started in Baku three years ago…
When Sabina Babayeva took to the stage of the Crystall Hall for her performance of the song “When The Music Dies”, we were spellbound. Not only by the song and by Sabina’s voice, but also by her amazing dress, which changed colours in mesmerizing fashion. The projection dress was born!
At the Grammys the following year, US singer Carrie Underwood took the idea to the next level. The dress not only changed colours, but different designs and animations also adorned the gown. The dress had crossed the Ocean in style, y’all!
One thing many viewers noticed was that, in order to maximize the “wow” effect, the owner of the dress had to stand perfectly still. But Aliona Moon from Moldova proved that one can rise up and that the dress can triple in size, further enhancing the fascination. The so-called LED dress is credited for making Aliona Moon literally stand out at the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, propelling her otherwise unassuming song to the verge of Top 10.
Proving that size does matter, British singer Ellie Goulding stole the look – and the show – at the 2014 Royal Variety Performance, dazzling the crowd in a 600-feet dress. Nobody remembered Ellie’s song the next day, but everyone remembered what she was wearing.
When Bojana Stamenov won Serbia’s national selection for Eurovision with “Ceo Svet Je Moj”, she started her performance with a projection dress as well, before her dancers pulled it off of her – to reveal a regular red dress beneath. The logic of this change failed us, but the projection dress did impress the viewers…
Last but not least, pop superstar Jennifer Lopez left her judge chair on the American Idol to perform the song “Feel The Light” from the upcoming movie “Home”. And feel the light we did, as Jenny’s projection dress overshadowed her vocals to showcase not only some beautiful imagery, but also scenes from the animation film.
So who wore it best? Time to vote now! You can vote for as many dresses you want, but you can only do it one time. The poll will be open until April 3rd at noon CET.