The Eurovision Song Contest of 2019 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. 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.

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Eurovision 2019: Who made the biggest fashion faux pas?

This year offered plenty of thrills and spills. It was the year of the knee high boot, with Finland’s Sebastian Rejman, Belarus’ Zena and Cyprus’ Tamta being among those to bring the leather to Israel. Speaking of leather, who can forget Hatari’s BDSM attire, which was completely inappropriate for the Tel Aviv sunshine.

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 Eye Cue and that infamous back-to-front blazer?

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 2019, 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.

 

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Jubi
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Belarus Cyprus and Iceland were by far the worst costume this year
Portugal was weird and bizarre but it was not ordinary and vulgar clothing like the others

Rimig
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Rimig

Ok, so Conan already (deservedly) won it! Cyprus and Belarus nrs. 2 and 3. I fully agree with this top

Kris
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Kris

It’s baffling to me that Finland is not in the Top 2 here , people only support acts with songs they feel were robbed , duh !

Graph
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Graph

I voted Cyprus. I can see why a lot of folks think Portugal or Croatia should get the award, but in those cases, the costumes were sort of in keeping with the overall act.

Edde
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Edde

i’m up for a surprise, Maybe Serbia? Or even Norway

Michael
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Michael

Hi
For me the worst dress and performence was

Madonna????????

Brandon
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Brandon

Ass you know Madonna doesn’t participate. Soo the worst of the worst is…. M….Moldova or there neighbors Romania (even their song wasn’t that bad)

Kesha
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Kesha

Worst dressed?
All female singers wearing over the knee long boots.
That’se not nice to see. Cheesy.

Colin
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Colin

It has it’s appeal if you are a straight man, bisexual, or a lesbian. And if the woman in question is an adult, of course (totally inappropriate for a 16yo).

Datme
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Datme

Zena, Eliot, Tamta, Roko and a dishonourable mention for Carlotta and Laurita.

Tibor
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Tibor

Barbara Dex should go to Denmark (adults dressed like children), Montenegro (young adults dressed like their grandparents) or Belarus (16 year old dressed as if she’s working the streets).

James
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James

Zena looked like a cheerleader in a cheerdance competition, but with high heel-shoes.

Tibor
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Tibor

I’m sure that’s what she was going for … 😉

Kosey
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Kosey

Zena’s outfit was only sexual if you’ve got a dirty mind – and an inappropriate one given she is 16 (unless you are 16 in which case it’s ok to fancy her) – but not if you’re over 20, that’s just wrong.

Tibor
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Tibor

Well, if anything was inappropriate, it was this outfit for a 16 year old. And I can assure you, there is nothing about this performance I “fancied” (I don’t know, where you took that from, I certainly didn’t write anything of the sort – so I guess, I’m not the one with the dirty mind here).

Kosey
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Kosey

In what way was her outfit inappropriate then? I read your statement that you thought she looked like a hooker? Clearly that is sexual and in order for someone to find something sexual, surely you have to fancy it? I found absolutely nothing sexual in Zena’s outfit – it seemed to me to be a typical thing some 16 yo wear and I saw nothing wrong with it. If someone fancies her, it’s because they are attracted to her, not to her clothes. And if one is over 20, I would say it is the person doing the fancying who… Read more »

Tibor
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Tibor

I really don’t follow your logic. I can see if someone is dressed in a certain way without considering that attractive, recognising and “fancying” are completely separate things – perhaps not for you, but that isn’t my problem.

Kosey
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Kosey

It was the comment “dressed as if she’s working the streets” that I found offensive. It suggested to me that you thought clothes could denote that someone was a prostitute (ie, looking for sex). I just find it odd that people criticize teenagers (most often girls) for dressing in a particular way. The connotation is that the way she is dressing means she is looking for sex, which is a dangerous philosophy.

Tibor
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Tibor

You’re jumping to conclusions rather quickly, aren’t you? I just don’t like this outfit.

Roberta
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Roberta

Kosey, look back at your like 3000 posts from the last week and do some autocritics. You are not the one to talk about being offensive. And, as Tibor said, your lack of logic is as huge as your ability to say your personal opinions as if they were undeniable truths and to critizise each and everyone who does not agree with your “statements”

Lela
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Lela

Zena’s outfit wasn’t very sexual or cheap for me. More high school/cheerleader/Britney/Hiphop dancer outfit. I liked it.

Jubi
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was cheap and teenager look….
I like the singer but didnt liked her outfit

Burger
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Burger

My Dex contenders are: Armenia boots, shorts, dreadlocks wrong styling partly why it didn’t qualify… Cyprus enough PVC to think she must own a few companies selling the stuff … Portugal the green was just wrong I think … North Macedonia the colours don’t go for me … and a roughie it’s supposed to be about worst dressed but a lot of voters will not get that brief and vote for Iceland not aware that fashion is by and large the point of it with them.

Colin
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Colin

FOR EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO POST THEIR TOP 41, THEY CAN DO IT IN EITHER DUNCAN’S WINNING POST OR WIWI JURY’S TOP 41 LIST. I WILL PROBABLY POST MINE ON THE WIWI JURY SCORE LIST. I HOPE MANY OF YOU JOIN, CAUSE I’D LIKE TO KNOW HOW THINGS CHANGED AFTER THE SHOW FOR YOU. 🙂

Una
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Una

Great, Colin. 🙂 Can you just give me the dates the articles were posted?

Colin
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Colin

Thanks, Una! I believe the post most suited for that would be Wiwi Jury’s 2019 list of review scores. It’s the first page which comes-up when you go to “reviews” section.

Una
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Una

OK! I’ll start working on my list!!

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

WHY ARE YOU SCREAMING IN CAPS LOCK? 😀 Love you anyways, Colin xoxo

Rimig
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Rimig

OK, Colin. See you there!

Mark
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Mark

Tamta (Cyprus), I liked song then I saw her performance meh

Möhrant
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Möhrant

Definitely Madonna.

Brooklyn
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Brooklyn

We don’t talk about that

Crystal
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My top 5, in no particular order: – Jonida Maliqi (Albania): I read that Graham Norton said her dress could be “repurposed as a Christmas decoration”. – Conan Osíris (Portugal): It’s supposed to be showy, and while outrageous, was not necessarily the ugliest costume of the Contest. – Tamta (Cyprus): Not just the chandelier bodysuit, but her backup dancers also looked like BDSM Zorro impersonators! – Roko (Croatia): Yikes, those angel wings and the all-white costume! It looked like he was looking for the American Idol finale and found Eurovision instead. – Tamara Todevska (North Macedonia): The black coverup paired… Read more »

Piaf
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Piaf

Remember a country flag …..black,white,green and red….now …..think….Conan dressed in Portugal show : black in semifinal and white in the final. Conan dressed in Eurovision: Green! All performances image: red rose. That’s it! Conan is Conan ! The best. Flag……..Country is…..P…….????No….insn’t Portugal…is…P…..
P.s: see the army eagle.

Sofia
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Sofia

Lets see: who voted for Conan, so I can sweep your asses with my flip flop?

IVANOV
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IVANOV

Barbara Dex was robbed in 1993 like Sergey has been robbed this year and in 2016.
Juries only go with the boring irish songs in the early 90s like this year with boring North Macedonia and The Netherlands.

Henry
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Henry

Ivanov still trolling here at Wiwiblogss??……. Wow! that’s pathetic!

Just let me say P@lestine wiwibloggs
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Just let me say [email protected] wiwibloggs

There’s the Barbara Dex, ….but what about the Freddie award (named after Freddie from 2016) for people just wearing casual every day clothes on stage like they didn’t even try?

I nominate Zala and Gasper, but half the contestants this year are contenders

Loin dici
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Omg poetaytoe :))

My Freddie awards for the most effort-less fashion in the show, will go to Austria. I mean, as I look back at it, I feel it was meant to portray vulnerability but the execution was just wayyyyyy too casual.

Ziv
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Ziv

Czech Republic! But while being effortless, they made the flag of Belgium.

Una
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Una

Michael Rice. Every day casual clothes. Nope, he didn’t try at all. The BBC did not try at all.

cmh787
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cmh787

I’d give it to Victor Crone or Michael Rice

Loin dici
Guest

Now, for best dressed… who will win the Elina Nechayeva award?

Colin
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Colin

Keiino, Carousel and Tulia were well dressed for the performances they had. They were well balanced as groups. Kate was beautiful too, even if I get that her glamorous style wasn’t for everyone. I loved Jonida’s dress. Also, Duncan, Sergey, Victor, Jurij and Kobi looked quite dapper. IDK if there is one big standout, but several contestants looked good.

Loin dici
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I actually love Carousel, Victor and Jurij’s look! Simple and well stated.

James
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James

I don’t understand the purpose of the side pocket on Jurij’s shirt though. It was distracting onscreen. Hehe

Tibor
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Tibor

I’m into Mahmood’s style. If Italians don’t know how to dress anymore, the end of the world is near. On the female side, I’d go with Jonida Maliqi.

James
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James

If only Mahmood tucked his shirt. It didn’t look flattering on camera but that is just me.

Anita
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Anita

The problem was not the shirt but too many wide shots and a restless camera work.

Eurovision
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Eurovision

Jonida had the best dress

quer
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quer

North-Macedonia! That dress was a nightmare. Beautiful woman in that hidious dress, it’s a crime.

Peter
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Peter

Conan ruined his Eurovision by dressing up as a frog. Such a brilliant song ending up in a quagmire …..

Miguel Lupi
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Miguel Lupi

Not a frog, a praying mantis.

Fatima
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Fatima

One third frog, one third praying mantis, one third broccoli (romanescu, not calabrese)

Elsa
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Elsa

Hahaha Conan is my king but you are funny

Henrikh Mugosa
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Henrikh Mugosa

I read on a Portuguese fan site that Conan looked like a ‘walking spinach’.

pooky1001
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pooky1001

Poor beautiful Conan. Atleast it looks like he will win one award from this song contest, not the one he would have wanted but atleast he will always be remembered. I really dont like saying anybody should be the “worst” at anything but if i had to pick one it would be Cyprus, that bodysuit was not really nice at all.

Just let me say P@lestine wiwibloggs
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Just let me say [email protected] wiwibloggs

Tamta looked like a sexualized chandelier

pooky1001
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pooky1001

I dont even know how to reply to that!!! lol

Michu
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Michu

Eliot. He looked like a trump in that oversized jacket.

lola
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lola

Albania or North Macedonia by a mile. Tastesless women…

Northern McDonalds
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Northern McDonalds

or South Cyprus

Say please
Guest
Say please

Tasetelss stylists* not the women themselves.

josh
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josh

Finland just for those jeans…. yikes

Northern McDonalds
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Northern McDonalds

it smelled of dick

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

I know I commented earlier, but here’s who I voted for: Conan Osiris- I’m mostly just disappointed that he didn’t wear his white national final outfit, which is an iconic look. This green outfit makes him look a little too stiff Eliot- His outfit was SO unfitting with his song and staging. Same goes for his backup dancers? What were those peace sign fingers supposed to represent? He looks like he’s about to play sports, NOT do Eurovision Ester Peony- Her outfit gave me a weird teacher/school vibe. I did not like that at all. This is another example of… Read more »

Magpie
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Magpie

I voted for Croatia, Belgium, Iceland and Austria. Whoever thought it was a good idea to wear wings the colour of burnt urine should get fired.

Dutchie
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Dutchie

For me this is Romania 100%. Iceland and Portugal weren’t my faves either, but it did fit the song so I don’t think they should get this award. Belgium is also an option, cause that was also really really off.

Efraim
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Efraim

For me the worst outfit of the year was Zena’s. The combination of colors would have been tolerable on its own, but was it really necessary to have her wear her own name graffitoed all over?
Not that Tamta is very far behind, though. Shoddiest bodysuit I can recall having ever seen.

Elsa
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Elsa

Agree she looked so cheap

Arrivederci
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Arrivederci

Croatia partially because the winner has been from a former yugoslav country for the past 3 year now.

N.
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N.

UK. He looked like he’d been dragged up on stage to reluctantly sing a karaoke number after he’d nipped into a pub to get out of the rain on his way back home after a 12 hour shift. Literally no effort was made and it showed.

Elsa
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Elsa

Haha, good point. Those skinny jeans looked terrible on him

Cissile
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Cissile

Cyprus. She looked great in her many outfits in the music video, but the live looked like a 90s adult movie costume. Did not like it at all.
Honorable mentions to Sebastians boot jeans and whatever D-Mol was wearing.

Justice
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Justice

Hoestly? The Netherlands.

ESC LOU
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ESC LOU

I don’t think Hatari should win this like they look good? and Conan’s outfit is different but really cool so I also don’t think should be named the worst, I think Eliot, Ester or Sebastian should win it their outfits were just not good…

Fun or ban?
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Fun or ban?

I think Slovenia was the worst. They looked like two pillowcases. Come on, t-shirts?

P!nk Forever
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P!nk Forever

I found Srbuk‘s outfit absolutely unflattering. If you present your song with a rad hairstyle like that you better fancy it up with something ethnic as well.

Una
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Una

I would actually think the worst dressed were all the stage people from Romania. Neither’s outfits made sense and all were wearing ugly outfits. All six of’em.

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

I mean, Roko’s wings were tacky but the actual outfit wasn’t bad at all. Also Ester looked pretty nice to me (though then again I do love the whole “girl in tux” aesthetic).
My votes are:
– Portugal (the green didn’t fit the song at all, plus they looked like praying… mantises? Mantise? Mantis?)
– Greece (unflattering)
– Belgium (do they rock climb in Belgium?)
– North Macedonia (color is nice but didn’t suit the song, should’ve gone for dark blue or black)
– Belarus (tacky)

Norm
Guest

Have to agree about Ester. I was getting Wednesday Addams vibes. My favorite outfit of the contest.

Foowley
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Foowley

Yes we do rock climb in Belgium. Lol

Dani
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Dani

Ester should have really gone with a classic dress.
I know they went along with the “Dracula” theme again, but She really looked like a confused, creepy business woman.

Paul
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Paul

I’ll be fuming if Hatari win this! They’ve inspired me to get a rubber suit!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I love Conan and João, but those outfits… No, just no. Though Colin has a point: the Portuguese duo, Roko and his tacky angel wings and Eliot’s ugly jacket were all part of a wider visual concept. While Sebastian doesn’t have much of an excuse, so he would have my vote.

Colin
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Colin

Cool that you are seconding my vote, Sabrina. 😉

Möhrant
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Möhrant

Like most, my money is on Portugal.

Elsa
Guest
Elsa

People are so ignorant… ETHICS are ALWAYS above AESTHETICS!!! Conan is dressed in Green against Red background with WHITE and DARK light – guess whose flag colours are these…
HATS OFF for PORTUGAL and ICELAND for standing up for HUMAN RIGHTS

xohxoh
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xohxoh

Ok, but the costume was still ugly. The shoes alone deserve the award.

Elsa
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Elsa

He was dressed as a praying mantis. I think he meant to be an ugly bug that prays for regeneration/transformation – in this case towards peace. It is ok if ppl don’t like it, it is not visual appealing and hides his handsome body but there’s a concept behind it and it is important to be brought up

Efraim
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Efraim

You know green and red just so happen to also be Portugal’s own flag colors, right?

Elsa
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Elsa

Don’t be ignorant Efraim. They meant to portray [email protected] flag. It happened that I follow Conan’s instagram account and read all his interviews

PP77
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PP77

1.Portugal
2.Finland
3.Cyprus
4.Iceland
5.Greece

LookingAway
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LookingAway

It won’t win, but I think Norway’s stylist deserves an award for making sure that the age gap between the guys and the lady isn’t visible at all.

Foowley
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Foowley

I was actually surprised to hear that she is 22(?)

LookingAway
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LookingAway

Poor girl, I would give her 30+

Slytherin's Horcrux
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Slytherin's Horcrux

KEiiNO had the best costumes! <3

Lars
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Lars

Isn’t Conan’s outfit Avant Garde? It looks unfair for Avant Garde outfits to receive high points. At least the outfit isn’t that lazy and distasteful looking.

Lars
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Lars

It makes me think: what are the criteria for someone to win this particular award? Should it be someone with a strange-looking outfit or just a bad-looking outfit? At least strange-looking outfits can be considered as art and all even if it’s not that pretty for the common eye.

E.Zz
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E.Zz

Portugal as much as I loved his song, the green and the chin strapped beard, no, that was not good I’m sorry, hes got a great voice but his style doesn’t match that voice.

bastian
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bastian

Voted for:
– Cyprus: Tacky outfit
– Finland: That jeans with leather is a big no no
-N-Macedonia: that dress looks so cheap. I don’t like the color.