Italy won the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, but fashion’s best gong is still up for debate
Eurovision is all about the music – but there’s no denying that fashion on stage plays a big role in how the competitors perform.
(WARNING: SPOILERS COMING SOON)
Italy has been announced as the winner of the 2021 song contest, after a tense (and sometimes shocking) revelation from the public vote placed them in the lead by 25 points, ahead of France second and Switzerland third.
But who really brought their A-game to the costume front?
Here are some of the most standout (and extravagant) looks from this year’s competition.
Manizhathe energy performance of Russian woman won ninth place in the grand final – but his costume was a hot contender for number one.
The 29-year-old started her performance in a massive doll-inspired dress, parts of which were sent by women from all over Russia representing the diversity of ethnicities in the country.
The moment the dress (and Manizha inside) started sliding down the stage was even more incredible – how did she do that? Was there a hoverboard hidden under there?
Manizha only wore her roller dress for the first 45 seconds of her performance, before emerging in a bright red jumpsuit and sneakers and really bringing energy with her gold-clad rescue team.
Jeangu Macrooy was simply exhilarating in his royal blue ensemble, accompanied by very subtly matched back-up singers and dancers.
It wasn’t an exaggerated number on the front of the costume, but the combination of small details and impressive choreography made it stand out.
Short jackets are a popular trend in this year’s competition (keep an eye out for the Lithuania look below).
New York Times European culture reporter Alex Marshall writes that Macrooy’s eighth-place performance was a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement, but unfortunately the odds of winning were quite low – it’s quite rare for countries to win Eurovision twice in a row.
Girl, those sleeves.
From Ukraine Go_A played surrounded by slender white branches and a white-clad rescue team, bringing out her elaborate furry green shawl.
An accessory in itself, each subtle movement of the arm became part of the choreography against Go_A’s full-length black dress with latex accents and silver chains.
The favorite finished a respectable fifth in the final standings with her song Shum, between Iceland and Finland.
destinyThe entertaining non-stop performance of the stage involved all the glitz and glamor you would expect from Eurovision, coupled with the perfect accompaniment of dancers dressed in hot pink.
The teenage girl’s sparkling silver ensemble (yes, the teenager !!) and her thigh high boots shone as well as her powerful voice on the song I’m breaking.
the former winner of Eurovision Junior told The Times of Malta ahead of the final that the song’s message be sent to “all women who struggle and struggle to rise to the occasion and achieve their dreams.”
Malta was another favorite to win, but Destiny’s 255 points weren’t quite enough, taking seventh place in the final.
There is a clear dress code if desired Nightclub with the Roop – all yellow all the time.
The whole group was ultimately quite simple and of course very dancing, but certainly memorable.
The matching color scheme and clean lines allowed the quirky dance moves to shine.
The entry of Lithuania placed eighth in the grand final, just ahead of Russia.
Okay, you know how we said earlier that we would be going back to the most remarkable AND extravagant outfits?
JendrikThe performance of the latter is rather oriented towards the latter.
The cropped pink blazer and dazzled ukelele look fantastic, as do the matching white ensembles rocked by the backup musicians – but combine it all with a human-sized dancing peace sign hand and it really takes it to a new level.
The entry of tap dancing, brass and impeccable choreography with the song I don’t feel hate didn’t quite hit the mark with voters, coming second to last ahead of the UK.
Is this outfit fantastic? Of course. Is this just another sparkly dress, of which there was more than one competing this year? Also probably yes.
But the resemblance to a remarkable Christina Aguilera in burlesque? I couldn’t get past him.
Elena Tsagrinou went hard on the choreography of her song El Diablo, landing Cyprus in 16th place.
It’s five places ahead of Albania Anxhela Peristeri and three behind Moldova Natalia Gordienko who, as social media quickly pointed out, have all gone for quite similar looks that have also been compared to Destiny’s of Malta.
Cult favorites Daði og Gagnamagnið Could only appear in the final via video after one group member tested positive for COVID-19 – but since being in a rush to win last year’s canceled competition, these incredible riders have had a lot to do with it. ‘love.
With digital caricatures of the band members themselves, the turquoise sweaters and truly iconic dance moves turned out to be a hit.
Some were surprised when Iceland only placed fourth in the final with 10 years, especially after the viral success of last year’s Think About Things entry.
But if the contest was about the costume I would go out and buy tomorrow if I could, this adorable group wins.
Norway may have only finished 18th in the final, but these wings deserve a medal.
TIXthe whole complimented his song Fallen Angel, played surrounded by “demons” also sporting mega-wings, horns and chains.
Special quote for the stunning full length sequin jumpsuit, and if you forget who you are listening to, TIX has gone for a large headband with their own name on it.
The 2021 winners have garnered a lot of attention elsewhere, but these outfits are worth mentioning.
Another glam rock nod, the bell sleeves, flares, wedge ankle boots, eyeliner, jewelry and the general vibe of Italy Måneskin just oozes equal parts of cold and danger.
Zitti E Buoni was a big enough bop to win the hearts (and votes) of Europe, winning by 25 points over France and Switzerland.
As band singer Damiano David exclaimed after winning: “Rock and roll never dies”.
See you in Italy in 2022, in love with Eurovision.