Every year fans and the international media scrutinise the wardrobe choices of Eurovision contestants as much as they scrutinise their songs. We all know about the Barbara Dex Award, given to the worst dressed contestant each year. But we wanted to know who you thought was best dressed in 2016.
Armenia’s Iveta Mukuchyan donned a leotard and cape and served up some superhero realness. Czech Republic’s Gabriela Guncikova was wondrous in white. And The Netherlands’ Douwe Bob was brilliant in blue. But one colour lit up your life like no other. After counting 5,475 votes, we can now reveal that Poland’s Michal Szpak was won the Vision Music Award 2016 for Best Dressed.
But Poland’s Michal proved that sometimes less is more. Wearing a striking red coat, his outfit complimented his song and staging perfectly. What colour is your life? We have no doubt that it’s red!
Extravagant but elegant, bold but beautiful, simple but sensational — there’s no doubt that Michal Szpak is the best dressed pirate in the Caribbean, or Europe.
Best Dressed 2016: Full Results
- Michal Szpak (Poland): 2,162 votes (39.49%)
- Iveta Mukuchyan (Armenia): 1,644 votes (30.03%)
- Gabriela Guncikova (Czech Republic): 636 votes (11.62%)
- Douwe Bob (The Netherlands): 593 votes (10.83%)
- Samra (Azerbaijan): 268 votes (4.89%)
- Serhat (San Marino): 172 votes (3.14%)
We add Michal Szpak to the best dressed Hall of Fame, where he joins Russia’s Polina Gagarina from 2015, Ukraine’s Mariya Yaremchuk from 2014 and Romania’s Cezar from 2013.
Vision Music Awards 2016
This award is just one of a dozen awards we have launched as part of the Vision Music Awards 2016 (VMAs). Our 13 categories—from biggest disappointment to most most wronged at ESC—identify the contestants who left the biggest impression on Eurovision fans, regardless of whether they won the contest or not. You can watch the nominations video below. You can also read more about the awards here.