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!
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!