Hey everyone and welcome to another countdown of the finest things that has ever come out of Eurovision! Today, we’re going to take a look at the most memorable outfits that ever graced the Eurovision stage. Now, we’re no professional fashionistas, but we can definitely tell our swan dress from our sexy, stylish, swank suit! So who has provided us and indeed, the world, with the best outfit Eurovision has ever seen? Keep reading to find out!
There have been many performers that have worn some pretty… interesting… outfits to say the least (a la Lordi, Verka Serduchka, Guri Schanke to name a few), but few of those outfits have been as memorable as the ones listed below. We possibly could be adding more of these by the time we get to Copenhagen next year, given that any secrets spill early on (let’s for the best on that front, eh?). Some may shock you, but enjoy the top 10 anyway! Shall we get started then?
10 – Zdob și Zdub – So Lucky (Moldova 2011)
So to kick off, we’ll start with Moldova 2011; a simple, yet intriguing performance. Not only because of the song, but because of their one metre long (probably) hats! How the hell did they keep them on?! The song wasn’t particularly much to go by, but throw in all those hats and a woman riding a unicycle and BAM, it’s stuck in your mind! The visual side to the song would have probably helped them get as many points as they did, as well as the song. But I’d say that if someone said to you: “Hey do you remember Zdob și Zdub?”, you’d think of those hats. It’s definitely one way of making yourself memorable anyway!
9 – Riki Sorsa – Reggae OK (Finland 1981)
Right, so we have a reggae song sung by a guy who looks like he’s had to give up a round of golf just to sing at Eurovision; a good combination? The answer is no. Not at all. Is it just me or does Riki look a little bit like a piece of cheesecake with banana, strawberry and chocolate diamonds for legs? The song itself isn’t that bad, although the man playing the accordion is questionable as to why he’s playing the instrument in the middle of a normally accordion-free genre. I think though, for the sheer fact a man became a piece of food, that outfit would be memorable; especially in that era where you normally wouldn’t wear something that fluorescent!
8 – Gypsy.cz – Aven Romale (Czech Republic 2009)
This was definitely a first for nearly everything imaginable. I think Gypsy.cz gave Eurovision one of, if not, its first ever superhero act… and it seems Europe didn’t like it. And how did everyone show their dislike towards the song? They gave it no points of course! Oh Europe, you shouldn’t have! The song wasn’t that good, but it was also the first time that method was ever used at Eurovision, but I guess it’s always good to try things once! In all seriousness, though, the outfit was a memorable one as we had the first ever SuperGypsy! If only the song or the performance, or even the singing, was as good as the outfits themselves!
7 – Cezar – It’s My Life (Romania 2013)
OK, it’s fair to say this outfit, and Cezar himself, got slated a lot. And by a lot, I mean A LOT. One of the two dresses this year that was elevated (the other being old-time-buddy Aliona Moon from Moldova), the outfit would be the most memorable from this year by a long shot! What confuses me is why was there men dancing around is nothing more than some tight shorts (not that I’m complaining, it just confuses me is all!) and a woman worshiping the man on a pole. Not weird at all! The song itself is quite 50/50, but I think the outfits got the song more points the actual performance… like our friends at #10!
6 – Barbara Dex – Iemand als jij (Belgium 1993)
No most memorable outfit top 10 would be complete without Barbara Dex; the mother of the award named especially after her! And we can definitely see that she’s the worthy winner of the first year of the ceremony. That dress is quite an… interesting one! I’m not really sure whether it’s a good dress or a bad one… well, can I even call it a dress? Is it just a stringtop-dress thing underneath a transparent fabric? I’m not sure, so do comment below what you think of it! Anyway, the song itself is a nice ballad in Dutch, but that dress… at least she’s now known internationally because of that award, so we can’t say she hasn’t faded out of the picture!
5 – Bobbysocks – La det swinge (Norway 1985)
Oh Bobbysocks! How can we forget them?! Those jackets are just FABULOUS! That performance is just.. woah. James and I unanimously decided this deserved a spot, because their performance was so really, really good and because of those amazing pink sparkling jackets. How else could we describe them? They’re just….. FANTABULOUS! The song is quite suited to the outfits because the song is all about dancing and rock and roll etc, but the jackets are the the things we definitely loved most about the performance. It’s fair to say as soon as Riki (aka Cheesecake Man) took to the Eurovision stage, singers have gotten more glam! Although in 1985, nothing could beat those jackets (well, apart from Lils’ “malfunction”….we’re obsessed with those jackets, aren’t we?)
4 – Sabina Babayeva – When the Music Dies (Azerbaijan 2012)
Sabina is probably the first singer to ever to play the “projection dress” card, and now it seems that it’s going to become the normal thing now (thanks a lot Aliona!). When we saw in this Baku, this was quite a surprise, as we’d never seen this before, so did it pay off? Yes. It did. A lot. She came 4th for God’s sake! The song was perfect for her and the visual side to the song also told such a bold story, compared to.. oh I don’t know, Rambo Amadeus? For me, I loved that dress because it just looked so good on her and that projection bit would definitely be the most memorable dress that year… well, apart from Loreen (although that was more an all-in-one minus arms and a huge V to show that she’s quite skinny!).
3 – Linda – No Goodbyes (Netherlands 2000)
Oh no, it’s raining! Everybody get under Linda’s huge raincoat! Just kidding, but that coat thing was huge! Thank god she shed not too far into the song to reveal… a shiny skinny dress?! Well it was memorable, to say the least! It looked like a huge wind machine was being blown up Linda’s skirt when she had that coat on, but it was all her backing dancers, so no worries! The song wasn’t that bad and her singing was actually quite good, but it only scored 13th place.. REALLY EUROPE?! That song was great! Anyway, the outfit itself was like the most memorable in 2000, but it isn’t as memorable as our top 2! But well done Linda, you got this far!
2 – Ruslana – Wild Dances (Ukraine 2004)
Oh Ruslana, weren’t you standing out from the crowd! Ruslana was the first artist that included the whole package in her performance; horns, leather and all! Her outfit was completely suited to the performance and the song, and it’s obvious that Europe also got what she was going for, seeming as she won! Her song was energetic and bouncy and definitely got the crowd going and I’m sure if you had the time, energy and, indeed, the hair, you’d be dancing along with her. I know I was! Also, this was the first time proper leather was used on stage. Well it’s now safe to say that Ruslana, you are definitely a trendsetter!
So we’ve gone through the 9 most memorable outfits that have been worn at Eurovision, but our #1 is probably the most memorable outfit, or should I say outfits, of all time, let alone Eurovision!
1 – Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up (United Kingdom 1981)
This group has probably given us the first ever dress change in the history of Eurovision… well it was just the skirts, but Doris Dragović removed the top part of her dress so that also counts as a half change! Anyway, there would be a slim chance that anyone wouldn’t know who Bucks Fizz are. The song itself if OK and the actual choreography was quite cheesy, but the outfits were one of the most memorable parts of the song. It is now officially our #1 and they’re the holders of the title of Most Memorable Outfit in ESC history. Well done Bucks Fizz!
So what’s your most memorable outfit of all time?
Nick van Lith from the Netherlands: The elegance of Danijela in 1998. An elegant dress change.
Jacob Mouritz Olsen from Denmark: ABBA, Bobbysocks, Sandra Kim, Celine Dion… mostly 80s outfits!
Ervin Juhász from Hungary: Ani Lorak!!
Metter Stenersen from Norway: Hard to forget Verka Serduchka…
The fans favourite outfits cover nearly every decade, ranging from ABBA in the 70s to Ani Lorak in the 00s, which shows the huge amount of outfits that people remember. But what’s your most memorable outfit? Is your most memorable outfit in the top 10 and which ones would you put in/take out? Let us know by commenting below!