Sunday, May 17, 2009

I'm still in love with the fairytale

I watched the Eurovision last night for the first time in a few years. Growing up in the early nineties when the Eurovision was a whole different competition and Ireland was on their winning streak, Eurovision night was a big night. I would be allowed to stay up late and watch it in the neighbours house, eating Taytos and Kimberley Mikados, drinking red lemonade and watching the beautiful girls in their fantastic dresses. I think for me Eurovision was always as much about the dresses as the songs, and in that sense last night didn't disappoint. There were feathers and sequins and national costumes everywhere. Here are a few of the highlights!

We'll start with the winners - Norway. Their costumes were nothing sensational, white shirts and waistcoats for the guys and pretty pink Monsoon-like dresses for the beautiful backing singers - butI actually quite liked these conservative costumes and the song was really good.

It seems there was a bit of a fairytale theme going on because the Icelandic dress reminds me of Sleeping Beauty's ball gown in the Disney film.

Azerbyjan came in 3rd place. Who even knew they were in Europe?! Their song was pretty dire and their costumes were pure Eurovision tack - gold pvc boots, skimpy skirts but they were right on fashion with the military style jacket.

Bosnia Herzogovina also wore military costumes, in fact they looked like they had stepped straight out of a performance of Les Miserable. Still, I find myself wondering if I could pull off one of those jackets in real life.

Estonia was definitely one of my favourites in the style category - her midnight blue sparkly dress was fabulous, I love her hair and I always think its a winning move for the singer to whip out a violin.

Dita Von Teese performed on stage with the German singer, which was slightly odd but you can't get more glamourous than Dita Von Teese. I loved the subtle sparkle of crystals down the back of her tights. And the backing singers/dancers were wearing 'burlesque' style costumes but I really wasn't gone on those silver sparkly trousers on the singer.

The Swedish singer wore an amazing feathered ballgown.

There were lots of white dresses. This pretty empire line gown was revealed when the Croatian singer whipped off a black cloak.

I really liked the simple sophisticated white dress the UK singer, Jade wore, designed by Amanda Wakely.

Moldova, Portugal and Armenia went for a twist on the national costume, which always makes things a bit more interesting!

Yes, I think the fairytale that is the Eurovision is still as entertaining as ever. It may not be quiet as great as I remember in those glory days of my childhood but its still a great show. And the costumes are as fantastic as ever. I'll definitely be watching again next year, waving my flag at the telly and hoping for "Irland - Douze Point"!


Anonymous said...

I still can't believe Ireland didn't make it past the semis!! I just can't watch the Eurovision anymore's way too political and has completely lost that corny innocence of yester-year!!!

Norway's song was hilariously Eurovision though ....I was kinda happy they won!

Winnie said...

Haha I watched this....even though I tell myself every year that I don't want to watch it. Norways entry was cheesy but probably the catchiest song. I wonder how much Germany paid for Dita...and they didn't do very well either! oops!

Eda said...

I liked Estonia's girl dress...very beautiful!

Cammila said...

Woah, that purple and green dirndl looking thing is pretty amazing!

nadia said...

Haha I missed eurovision this year, but it's always entertaining. Thanks for the fashion wrap, love the outrageous costumes!

SOS! said...

i missed it! boo..
xx-LJ from SOS!

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