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Map of Barbara Dex Award receipients

The Barbara Dex Award is an annually awarded, fan-voted accolade for the "worst dressed" artists in the Eurovision Song Contest. It was created by Edwin van Thillo and Rob Paardekam, the founders of Dutch Eurovision fansite The House of Eurovision, in 1997.[1][2] It was named after Belgian singer Barbara Dex, who represented Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 1993 wearing a self-made, semi-transparent dress.[2] According to William Lee Adams of Wiwibloggs, Dex wearing her own costume had her ending up "looking like a lampshade", a feature that eventually led to the award's inception.[2] Debbie Scerri, representing Malta in the 1997 edition of the contest, was the first artist to receive the Barbara Dex Award.[3] For the third edition of the award in 1999, The House of Eurovision opted to open to up for a public user vote, unlike the internal selection from the previous two years.[4]

In a January 2006 interview between Dex and ESCToday staff writer Sietse Bakker, Dex stated that there was "nothing wrong" with the Barbara Dex Award.[5] In July 2015, Wiwibloggs held a poll on the "worst dressed Barbara Dex Award winner", which was won by Guildo Horn, Germany's 1998 Eurovision act.[6] The House of Eurovision shut down in 2016 and the Barbara Dex Award's operations were transferred to Belgian website Songfestival.be and its founder, Jasper Van Biesen.[2] Van Biesen stated that he hoped the ownership transition to broaden the award's reach.[2]

Award winners[edit]

Year Country Artist Song Place Ref.
1997  Malta Debbie Scerri "Let Me Fly" 9 [6]
1998  Germany Guildo Horn "Guildo hat euch lieb!" 7 [6]
1999  Spain Lydia "No quiero escuchar" 23 [6]
2000  Belgium Nathalie Sorce "Envie de vivre" 24 [6]
2001  Poland Piasek "2 Long" 20 [6]
2002  Greece Michalis Rakintzis "S.A.G.A.P.O." 17 [6]
2003  Russia t.A.T.u. "Ne ver', ne boysia" 3 [6][7]
2004  Romania Sanda Ladoși "I Admit" 18 (final) [6][8]
2005  Macedonia Martin Vučić "Make My Day" 17 (final) [6][4]
2006  Portugal Nonstop "Coisas de nada" 19 (semi-final) [6][9]
Ukraineeurovision2007.jpg 2007  Ukraine Verka Serduchka "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" 2 (final) [6][10]
Flickr - proteusbcn - "CASANOVA" - Gisela - Andorra 2008 (10).jpg 2008  Andorra Gisela "Casanova" 15 (semi-final) [6][11]
2009  Hungary Zoli Ádok "Dance with Me" 15 (semi-final) [6][12]
2010  Serbia Milan Stanković "Ovo je Balkan" 13 (final) [6][13]
2011  Georgia Eldrine "One More Day" 9 (final) [6][14]
2012  Albania Rona Nishliu "Suus" 5 (final) [6][15]
ESC2013 - Serbia 10 (crop).jpg 2013  Serbia Moje 3 "Ljubav je svuda" 11 (semi-final) [6][16]
ESC2014 - Lithuania 01.jpg 2014  Lithuania Vilija Matačiūnaitė "Attention" 11 (semi-final) [6][17]
2015  Netherlands Trijntje Oosterhuis "Walk Along" 14 (semi-final) [6][18]
ESC2016 - Croatia 23 (zoom).jpg 2016  Croatia Nina Kraljić "Lighthouse" 23 (final) [19]
ESC2017 - Montenegro 01.jpg 2017  Montenegro Slavko Kalezić "Space" 16 (semi-final) [20]
Eye Cue (FYR Macedonia 2018).jpg 2018  Macedonia Eye Cue "Lost and Found" 18 (semi-final) [21]
ESC2019-Portugal.jpg 2019  Portugal Conan Osíris "Telemóveis" 15 (semi-final) [22]

By country[edit]

Wins Country Years
2  Macedonia 2005, 2018
 Portugal 2006, 2019
 Serbia 2010, 2013
1  Albania 2012
 Andorra 2008
 Belgium 2000
 Croatia 2016
 Georgia 2011
 Germany 1998
 Greece 2002
 Hungary 2009
 Lithuania 2014
 Malta 1997
 Montenegro 2017
 Netherlands 2015
 Poland 2001
 Romania 2004
 Russia 2003
 Spain 1999
 Ukraine 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ Backer, Stina (25 May 2012). "Forgettable song, memorable outfit: The crazy clothes of Eurovision". CNN. Archived from the original on 27 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Adams, William Lee (15 May 2017). "Eurovision's worst dressed: Who should win the Barbara Dex Award 2017?". Wiwibloggs. Archived from the original on 22 October 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  3. ^ van Lith, Nick (21 May 2017). "Slavko Kalezić wins Barbara Dex Award 2017". ESCXtra. Archived from the original on 14 August 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b Philips, Roel (25 May 2005). "Martin Vucic wins Barbara Dex Award". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 25 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  5. ^ Bakker, Sietse (13 January 2006). "Barbara Dex: 'I still do not regret'". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 21 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Adams, William Lee (9 July 2015). "Poll: Who was the worst dressed Barbara Dex Award winner?". Wiwibloggs. Archived from the original on 10 July 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  7. ^ Ringby, Daniel (9 June 2003). "t.A.T.u win 2003 Barbara Dex Award". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 21 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  8. ^ Philips, Roel (25 May 2004). "Sanda Ladosi wins Barbara Dex Award". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 27 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  9. ^ Bakker, Sietse (29 May 2006). "Nonstop wins Barbara Dex award 2006". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 27 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  10. ^ Floras, Stella (21 May 2007). "Verka wins 2007 Barbara Dex Award". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 27 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  11. ^ Murray, Gavin (1 June 2008). "Andorra: Gisela wins Barbara Dex 2008". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 27 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  12. ^ Lee Adams, William (27 May 2009). "Eurovision's Worst Dressed List 2009". Wiwibloggs. Archived from the original on 15 April 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  13. ^ Lee Adams, William (12 June 2010). "Milan Stankovic Wins Eurovision's Worst Dressed Award". Wiwibloggs. Archived from the original on 25 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  14. ^ Lee Adams, William (23 May 2011). "Barbara Dex Award 2011: Georgia's Eldrine Top Worst Dressed List at Eurovision 2011". Wiwibloggs. Archived from the original on 30 September 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  15. ^ Lee Adams, William (5 June 2012). "Albania: Rona Nishliu Tops Eurovision's Worst Dressed List 2012". Wiwibloggs. Archived from the original on 15 November 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  16. ^ Lee Adams, William (26 May 2016). "Moje 3 Top Eurovision's Worst Dressed List 2013". Wiwibloggs. Archived from the original on 7 February 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  17. ^ Ko, Anthony (18 May 2014). "Lithuania: Vilija Mataciunaite Wins The 2014 Barbara Dex Award". Wiwibloggs. Archived from the original on 9 February 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  18. ^ Fuster, Luis (7 June 2015). "Eurovision's Worst Dressed: Trijntje Oosterhuis wins the Barbara Dex Award 2015". Wiwibloggs. Archived from the original on 15 November 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  19. ^ Adams, William Lee (22 May 2016). "Barbara Dex Award 2016: Croatia's Nina Kraljic tops Eurovision's Worst Dressed list". Wiwibloggs. Archived from the original on 4 July 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  20. ^ Adams, William Lee (21 May 2017). "Eurovision's worst dressed? Montenegro's Slavko Kalezic wins Barbara Dex Award 2017". Wiwibloggs. Archived from the original on 6 October 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  21. ^ van Rossem, Aline (20 May 2018). "Barbara Dex Award 2018: F.Y.R Macedonia's Eye Cue win Eurovision's Worst Dressed". Wiwibloggs.
  22. ^ van Lith, Nick (26 May 2019). "Conan Osiris wins the Barbara Dex Award 2019". ESCXtra.

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