Since 1997, the Barbara Dex Award has paid homage to the fashion disasters that help make Eurovision so memorable. The winners regularly choose outfits so unflattering and unattractive that they make viewers shout “WTF?” From their barely-there dresses that could be described as lingerie to the misuse of tin foil and leotards, these “winners” look truly heinous. We say this with love: Without them Eurovision wouldn’t be so colourful.
The award honours Belgium’s 1993 contestant, who famously made the mistake of sewing her own costume and ended up looking like a lampshade. This year — and for the first time — the iconic award will be handed out by our friends at the Belgian website Songfestival.be, who took over from the Dutch founders Rob and Edwin at the House of Eurovision following the 2016 edition. Unlike in past years, this year’s race sees a photo included for all 42 contestants. They each have an equal opportunity to become your fashion disaster of the year!
“We are extremely proud and excited to organize this award. We hope to get a lot of votes, more than ever before. And of course we hope Barbara Dex herself will vote too,” says Jasper Van Biesen, one of the founders of Songfestival.be.
You can start voting from now until Sunday May 21.
Eurovision 2017: Who made the biggest fashion faux pas?
This year offered plenty of thrills and spills. Croatia’s Jacques Houdek mated a tuxedo with a leather jacket. Czech Republic’s Martina looked like a futuristic pest exterminator in gold lamé. Iceland’s Svala wore a skin-tight white outfit that put her ample assets on fine display. And Switzerland’s Miruna drew comparisons with Big Bird for her brightly coloured yellow dress.
But who of this year’s acts had you calling the fashion police the quickest? Who deserves to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Nina Kraljic, who resembled a showgirl dressed as a chicken who got stuck in a fan?
The results of the official Barbara Dex poll will remain a secret until the winner is revealed by Songfestival.be. But as Europe debates the winner of the Barbara Dex Award 2017, we decided to run our own poll to handicap this year’s race. You can vote for as many acts as you would like, but you can only vote ONE time — so make it count! Then sound off in our comments box below.