Dutch singer and Eurovision 2015 contestant Trijntje Oosterhuis horrified us one year ago by appearing in a skin-tight black dress with a cut out bigger than the Grand Canyon.
After a negative publicity storm, Trijntje decided to swap her dress for another and another… which resulted in an Ali Baba-inspired black jumpsuit during the first semi-final.
After two years of Eurovision success, the Netherlands watched her fail to advance to the final, earning a disappointing thirteenth place with just 33 points. But she didn’t walk away empty-handed. Trijntje became the first Dutch winner of the Barbara Dex Award.
The Netherlands was totally confused about her look. Speaking on the RTL4 talkshow RTL Late Night shortly after Eurovision, her friend and composer Anouk said that she was astonished that Trijntje didn’t understand the fuss about her dress.
Time has passed and the fashion wounds have healed — and Trijntje has even developed a sense of humour about the entire affair.
She recently performed in the dress on live television for the first — and the last — time during the RTL4 programme It Takes Two, in which she is one of the three mentors. The other two are Waylon and Glennis Grace, so it’s a Eurovision party!
Her duet partner Jan Versteegh suggested the idea, but Trijntje reminded him that the dress had been auctioned for charity. Even so, she somehow managed to perform in her dress during the show.
Their performance was the most memorable of the night, and it also achieved the most points. That’s definitely killing two birds with one stone!