The Eurovision Song Contest of 2018 is already one week behind us, but this year’s fashion disasters have once again burned themselves onto the back of our collective retina. And that unfortunate but joyous tradition leads us to the Barbara Dex Award, which honours Eurovision’s Worst Dressed artists.
The award pays homage to Belgium’s 1993 contestant, who famously made the mistake of sewing her own costume. She ended up looking like a lampshade. This year — and for the second time — the iconic award is 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.
Barbara Dex Award Winner 2018: Eye cue
Eye Cue, the Macedonian duo who finished next-to-last in the first semi-final, were a fashion enigma in two parts. Marija started her performance in a thigh-skimming pink outfit with an open back. It was so loose and ill-fitting that most press assumed she would have it tailored following her first rehearsal. She did not.
Halfway through the performance she removed the covering to reveal a grey shorts and top co-ord which featured pink embellishments and a very strange motif on her chest. It appeared as if she had two large eyes sewn on to her cleavage.
This is the second time that F.Y.R. Macedonia has earned the “honour”, after taking the top prize in 2005 with Martin Vucic. Although the precise voting figures have not been revealed, the top ranking has.
Barbara Dex Award Winner 2018: The Top 5
- FYR Macedonia – Eye Cue
- Australia – Jessica Mauboy
- Belgium – Sennek
- Montenegro – Vanja Radovanovic
- Israel – Netta
Giving Eye Cue a run for their money this year were Australia’s Jessica Mauboy, whose shimmering dress was meant to represent electricity and included an errant mermaid fin; Belgium’s Sennek, who channeled Gothic princess in an all-black number with illusion cutouts; Montenegro’s Vanja, who looked like an extra from an animated film with his frosty blue suit; and Israel’s Netta, who borrowed heavily from Japanese culture with her kimono-inspired top. She threw in some Princess Leia hair buns for good measure.
Was Macedonia your Barbara Dex Award winner? What do you think of the Top 5? Let us know in the comments down below.
Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)