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Rona Nishliu wins the Barbara Dex Award

04 June 2012 at 00:21 CEST
Rona Nishliu reached the best ever result for Albania in 2012 EBU

The Barbara Dex Award has been annually awarded by the fan website House of Eurovision since 1997, and is a humerous award given to the worst dressed artist each year in the contest. It is named after the Belgian artist, Barbara Dex, who came last in the 1993 contest, in which she wore her own self designed (awful) dress.

For the second year in succession, Jedward took the second place in the poll with a combination of their specially designed outfits and unique hairstyles. In third place was Sofi Marinova from Bulgaria with her white leather outfit.

The full top ten from 2012:

  1. Albania – Rona Nishliu (829)
  2. Ireland – Jedward (551)
  3. Bulgaria – Sofi Marinova (232)
  4. The Netherlands – Joan Franka (163)
  5. Ukraine – Gaitana (145)
  6. Denmark – Soluna Samay (82)
  7. Turkey – Can Bonomo (76)
  8. Sweden – Loreen (66)
  9. Bosnia & Herzegovina – Maya Sar (62)

    San  Marino – Valentina Monetta (62) 

Watch Rona Nishliu

A few years ago had the opportunity to speak to Barbara Dex, who, with good humour talks about the award and the dress she wore in the 1993 contest.

Watch Barbara Dex

In 2011 the award was won by Eldrine from Georgia. A full list of previous winners can be found on the House of Eurovision website.