Eurovision is always a fashion extravaganza and 2021 was no different. From factory-inspired jumpsuits (Manizha) to spangly silver one-pieces (take your pick!), the stars of Eurovision served a smorgasbord of looks that are forever burned onto the back of our retinas.
Now, as is tradition, Belgian web site Songfestival.be have asked the public to decide who had the most striking look this year. Thousands voted and Norway’s TIX — an iconic vision in angel wings — has won the day.
Barbara Dex Award 2021: Results
- Norway’s TIX
- Romania’s Roxen
- Croatia’s Albina
- The United Kingdom’s James Newman
- Israel’s Eden Alene
TIX brought the idea of his eponymous “Fallen Angel” to life with the most glorious wings we have ever seen at Eurovision. His wings reflected the light beautifully — the white lights radiated off the surface, while the blue lights seemed to absorb into them. His white, faux fur coat functioned in a similar way with the lighting, and helped create a strong silhouette that was visible as the camera panned out and even as TIX was cast in shadows.
The singer’s signature glasses provided one of the most emotional moments of the performance. At 2:15 TIX removed them, showing that he is far more than a character, but instead a person. In the ten seconds that passed he became a mirror for Europe — we saw our own struggles and reflected on our own heartaches.
His outfit is a prime example of how a daring look can do more than just make people look up. It can help them understand the message and story of a song.
Beyond this, his choice also demonstrates his own devotion to his vision and creative choices. Despite what naysayers said after the national final, he stuck to his guns and amped up the glamour with extra silver for Rotterdam. As any fashionista will tell you, confidence and commitment are two of the most important ingredients to making a look work and werk.
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About the Barbara Dex Award
The long-running prize was founded to pay homage to Belgium’s 1993 contestant, who famously made the mistake of sewing her own costume and ended up looking like a lampshade. But Songfestival.be, which took over the awards process after Eurovision 2016, have re-cast it in a more positive light.
It is no longer about the “worst dressed” and instead asks the public to choose the “most striking look”. That recognises the fact these artists are creating looks for specific stage shows and to fit a specific context — it’s not like they intend to wear these looks to Fashion Week or the grocery store.
As Songfestival.be writes: “To be clear: this prize for the most striking outfit does not intend to say what is ugly and what is not and does not want to place the Song Contest in a bad light.”
Are you happy that the Barbara Dex Award is now a celebration of striking looks? Which look was most striking to you? Let us know in the comments box below!
Photo: EBU / Andres Putting