Call the fashion police: Voting is now open for the annual Barbara Dex Award, bestowed each year upon the act with the most unfortunate outfit on the Eurovision Song Contest stage. As every year, 2015 has provided us with plenty of fashion faux pas — but who will emerge victorious?
Those of y’all not in the know: The award is named after Barbara Dex, who represented Belgium in the 1993 contest. She seems to have aimed to be at the top of the worst dressed list even from the postcard!
Team Wiwi’s Barbara Dex Choices
This year, one of the most discussed acts is Trijntje Oosterhuis from the Netherlands. Even after deciding against the now infamous “slutty widow” dress (which she passed on to Edsilia for the voting), the outfit Trijntje eventually came up with was perhaps an even more unfortunate choice. The black and very unflattering jumpsuit was compared with a trash bag by the Dutch media – seriously, y’all, this one was bad…
Eduard Romanyuta took a cue from last year’s Polish act and tried to out-sleaze the milkmaids. The execution, however, was much more tacky. The policemen looked more like extras from an Amsterdam gay bar (circa 1998), the policewoman looked like a cheap stripper and we never warmed up to Eduard’s 90s ‘do. Moreover, the overall look of the act contrasted with the harmless love message of the song. This was some hot mess on scaffolding, y’all.
Let’s forget for a moment about the train crash that was “Still In Love With You”. The outfits Electro Velvet wore were even more cringe-worthy than the song. It all seemed to be going okay and we kinda felt the Great Gatsby vibe…until the lights went off and the utterly atrocious neons turned on. While the idea looked acceptable in the video, in the blue hue of the Eurovision stage it looked like a cheap trick. Worst of all, they didn’t even work all the time, particularly failing in the jury final. It wasn’t electro-cute.
Although they dumped the white, bartender uniforms they initially showed up in at rehearsals, Voltaj’s second choice, the all-black outfits, weren’t much better. Besides making the Romanian staging look like a funeral on a railway platform, the lead singer’s cheap-looking brooch distracted the viewers from the serious message of the song. Too bad, because otherwise the performance was flawless.
Elhaida Dani looked AMAZE at the semi-final. Her hair was sleek and her outfit felt very sophisticated, yet right for Eurovision. Unfortunately, for the Grand Final her delegation inexplicably chose to fix one of the things that was not broken by squeezing Elhaida in to a hugely unflattering gown, particularly from the waist down. Her hair looked half-done and viewers surely didn’t know what to make of it all.
Our worst dressed list doesn’t stop here. Vaidas’s baby blue suit, Daniel Kajmakoski’s raincoat and trash-bad tie, Marjetka and Raay’s pointless headphones, Nina’s dead bird feathers, Aminata’s explosion under the knees and Maria Olaf’s painted feet…well, we could go on, but our eyes would start to hurt. Did we miss anything? Who do you think should win the Barbara Dex Award this year and why? Sound off below or on our Twitter!
And don’t forget to vote here! The winner will be announced on Sunday, the 7th of June, so y’all have plenty of time to decide.
Photos: Andres Putting, Thomas Hanses, Elena Volotova (EBU)