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The secrets behind the clothes of the first Semi-Final

24 May 2010 at 22:50 CEST

Many hidden points of interest of the Eurovision Song Contest are connected to the clothes. In the broadcast of the first Semi-Final, there are many details in the stage show to look for.

When the artists told about their clothing and stage concepts, many of these hidden treasures came into light. Bosnia & Herzegovina's Vukašin Brajić told us about his gimmick shoes, and Giorgos Alkaios from Greece gave the background of the ancient patterns of the tattoos use by his his backing singers.

Young Thea Garrett from Malta, just 18 years old, designed her stage dress herself, as well as the dresses for the backing vocalists. Also, Serbia's Milan Stanković revealed why he wants to look like a figure from a candy shop; a representative for Kristina Pelakova explained the wood mythology behind the six 2 000-euro stage dresses for Slovakia – and more ...

Kristina Pelakova, Slovakia, commented by the Head of Delegation Lukas Machala

“Kristina's costume is personifying a dryad, which is a forest virgin. One of the backing dancers is dressed to be a ghost of the trees, and we also have four trees. Each costume costs approximately 2 000 euro.”

Aisha, Latvia

“We aimed for a simple and chic look. The cost of the clothes doesn't matter, if you look great, it's achieved. It's the Eurovision Song Contest!”

Milan Stanković, Serbia

“We have traditional elements in our song, but we didn't want the look anything traditional. We wanted to look like candy from a candy shop, and that's why we've chosen these colours. We hope that this will help us to transmit the energy of the song and to be something completely different – cause when you're different, you have no one to compete with.”

Vukašin Brajić, Bosnia & Herzegovina

“The backing vocalists are wearing grey. I'm wearing a black suit, a red piece with a special design and a red jacket. I'm basically the only coloured spot in the stage – that's the concept. I also wear red basketball shoes. They have become a trademark for me in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia, I have dozens of different ones, and at every concert, photographers come and take pictures of them to see which ones I'm wearing. I'm not sponsored by my shoe brand, though.”

Marcin Mroziński, Poland

“I have my suit on stage. I can't wear anything else for this song, it's too dramatic for something light. People are saying that I look too stiff and normal. But I want to be very masculine, good looking and well prepared for the show. And my girls are wearing beautiful national costumes. We wanted our show to look very Polish.”

Thea Garrett, Malta

“For the dress rehearsals, I finally got to wear my real dress. I've been wearing another dress for the open rehearsals. This real one is classier with more silver going on, and it has sleeves and side pieces. I designed the clothes both for me and the backing singers myself. The purpose is to make it dreamy and simple, I want people to be able to really get into the song and believe they are in a dream. I didn't sew the clothes myself though, they were made by my dress maker.”

Juliana Pasha, Albania

“It's been a lot of work, and everything is made by hand. My jacket is made to resemble a traditional jacket of Albania. We put silver details on it to make it even more traditional.”

Giorgos Alkaios, Greece

“The first dress rehearsal was our first rehearsal with the real stage costumes. We actually brought both white and black stage costumes, but we choose the white ones in the end. We have a black background, and we also have black tattoos on the backing dancers, and these become more visible this way. The tattoos are patterned in the way of bottles from ancient Greece.”

Filipa Azevedo, Portugal

“I think my dress is very beautiful, it's like a princess dress. It fits the music. And actually, it wasn't very expensive.”

Gjoko Taneski, FYR Macedonia

“I'm wearing a suit, nothing special. I always feel very good in it. I wear a glittering broach as well, to match with the white shirt and the lighting. The backing dancers are wearing white clothes that they remove, and then they are very provocative – like cats. And my rapper is wearing a suit and sunglasses, so he is an expensive rapper.”

3+2, Belarus

“The girl's dresses were tailor-made by prominent designers, and at the same time, they have a mechanism like a parachute on the backs to make wings appear – like butterflies. It looks good on TV.”

Hera Björk, Iceland

“This dress is made by the woman making all my dresses. Her brand is called Uniform, and she has designed almost all the clothes I've been wearing throughout my stay in Oslo. The red colour of the dress is just my colour. I had a vision about four years ago with me standing on a big stage in a flowing red dress with lots of flags, and I'm staying true to that vision with this dress.”

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