14 of the wildest costumes ever worn at the Eurovision song contest

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Musical artists performing at Eurovision over the years.
Musical artists performing at Eurovision over the years.KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images, Sean Gallup/Getty Images, Mehmet Kaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
  • The Eurovision song contest kicked off in Italy on Tuesday with the final taking place on Saturday.

  • Since 1956, countries primarily located in Europe have taken part in the musical competition.

  • Contestants over the years have worn daring and eclectic costumes to represent their nations.

Abba took to the Eurovision stage in 1974 in an eclectic range of outfits that included cropped blue flares and silver knee-length boots.

Abba performs during the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest.
Abba performs during the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest.Olle Lindeborg/AFP via Getty Images

Swedish pop band Abba, whose music inspired the "Mamma Mia" musical, rose to fame after winning Eurovision in 1974.

For their final performance of "Waterloo," the four-person band rocked a wild assortment of costumes. Lead singer Agnetha Fältskog sported a glittery pair of cropped blue flares with a matching top and headband, while her counterpart Anni-Frid Lyngstad wore a flowy orange-patterned skirt with a white blouse that had orange fabric detailing at the collar and wrists.

Meanwhile, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson wore velvet suits in different colors that were draped in metallic chains and featured shoulder pads. Ulvaeus, who wore black, paired his suit with knee-length silver boots.

Wig Wam, Norway's 2005 representative, had its lead singer dressed in a figure-hugging star spangled jumpsuit.

Wig Wam performs at a last dress rehearsal for the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest.
Wig Wam performs at a last dress rehearsal for the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest.SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images

Wig Wam, a band representing Norway, performed at the 2005 Eurovision song contest and finished in 9th place with their song "In My Dreams."

The glam metal band's lead, Åge Sten Nilsen, opted for what appeared to be a Lycra silver flared jumpsuit costume that featured star prints on the legs. He completed the eye-catching ensemble with a pair of sparkly platform boots, a white feather boa, and a black headband.

Since competing in the contest, Wig Wam have gone on to have their 2010 song "Do Ya Wanna Taste It" used in the "Peacemaker" opening credits sequence, according to ScreenRant.

Jamie-Lee Kriewitz, who represented Germany in 2016, performed in a kitschy blue tutu and striped socks combo.

Jamie-Lee performs at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
Jamie-Lee Kriewitz performs at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.Michael Campanella/Getty Images

Germany's 2016 contestant was Jamie-Lee Kriewitz, who represented her country on the Eurovision stage in Sweden.

Kriewitz was described on the official Eurovision website as being a schoolgirl from Hanover who won Germany's "The Voice" the year prior and is a big fan of "Japanese Decora Kei style."

On stage, she wore a pair of candy-striped knee-length socks, a blue tutu, bedazzled top with eccentric shoulder detailing, and colorful hair decor. Her accessories included a rainbow assortment of bracelets.

UK 2007 representative Scooch wore flight attendant-themed costumes to perform their Eurovision song.

Scooch performs at a dress rehearsal at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest.
Scooch performs at a dress rehearsal at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest.Johannes Simon/Getty Images

Scooch was the UK's 2007 national representative and they ended up placing 22nd at the competition, held in Finland that year.

Despite only placing 22nd in the grand final, Scooch were a memorable addition to the Eurovision stage due to their quirky costumes. The band wore coordinating kitschy blue flight attendant-style outfits — female members had small red caps, while the men differentiated with the color of their ties.

InCulto, a band representing Lithuania in 2010, finished their semi-final performance in matching sparkly short shorts.

InCulto performs at the semi-final of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.
InCulto performs at the semi final of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.NIGEL TREBLIN/DDP/AFP via Getty Images

Lithuanian representative InCulto, who finished 12th at the 2010 Eurovision song contest, surprised viewers during their semi-final performance by ripping off their plaid pants to reveal matching sparkly short-shorts underneath.

"Eastern European Funk," the song they entered the competition with, poked fun at the differences between East and West Europe, according to their bio on the Eurovision website.

Maneskin, who went on to achieve global fame after winning Eurovision in 2021, wore custom red leather outfits.

Maneskin perform at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.
Maneskin perform at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.Soeren Stache/picture alliance via Getty Images

Italian representative Maneskin — whose group members include lead vocalist Damiano David, bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi, and drummer Ethan Torchio — won Eurovision in 2021.

During the competition, the group performed in custom coordinating red leather Etro outfits, they said in a style video with GQ. Each outfit was embellished with dark silver studs and gold ties.

David Bowie and Destiny's Child were the references used for the looks, they said in the video.

Verka Serduchka represented Ukraine at Eurovision in 2007 wearing a futuristic sliver ensemble.

Verka Serduchka at the final of the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest.
Verka Serduchka performs at the final of the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest.SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images

Verka Serduchka, a drag artist representing Ukraine, took second place at the 2007 Eurovision song contest performing their song "Dancing Lasha Tumbai."

The performer wore a sparkly, futuristic-looking coatdress with white tights, sunglasses, and a headpiece that featured a massive star at the top — surprisingly, it held in place throughout their performance at the grand final.

Finnish metal band Lordi brought shock value to the Eurovision stage by wearing monster-inspired costumes in 2006.

Lordi performs at the final of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest.
Lordi perform at the final of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest.RIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images

Hard metal band Lordi, who represented Finland in 2006, still hold the title for one of the most memorable fashion moments in Eurovision history.

While performing their song "Hard Metal Hallelujah," all members of the band opted to wear monster prosthetics, adding to the shock value of their hardcore music.

The band ended up winning the competition, bringing Eurovision to Helsinki the following year.

Finland's 2013 representative, Krista Siegfrids, performed her song "Marry Me" in a wedding dress.

Krista Siegfrids performs at a dress rehearsal at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
Krista Siegfrids performs at a dress rehearsal at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.Ragnar Singsaas/WireImage

To hit the nail on the head, Germany's representative Krista Siegfrids performed her 2013 Eurovision song "Marry Me" wearing a tulle-heavy wedding dress that featured a strapless bodice and a train.

She made it all the way to the grand final and added to the look with her pink flower bouquet, what looked like garter-inspired socks, and electric-pink platform heels.

Latvia's 2008 representatives, a group called Pirates of the Sea, wore none other than pirate-inspired costumes.

Pirates of the Sea perform at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.
Pirates of the Sea perform at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images

Pirates of the Sea, who represented Latvia in Eurovision 2008 with their song "Wolves Of The Sea," ended up finishing 12th in the grand final held in Belgrade, Serbia.

The band leaned into their namesake by dressing up in an array of pirate-themed costumes during their performance. Props included a ship steering wheel and telescopes.

Montenegro's 2017 representative, Slavko Kalezic, wowed the audience by ripping off his skirt midway through and whipping around his singular braid.

Slavko Kalezic performs at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
Slavko Kalezic performs at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Slavko Kalezic certainly caught the attention of Eurovision viewers in 2017 during his performance of the song "Space."

The performer from Montenegro began by wearing a sheer black long-sleeved top with a long deep-blue skirt that he ripped off shortly into his performance to reveal tight-fitting emerald-green sparkly pants.

Toward the end, Kalezic whipped his long, singular braid around, proving that hair can indeed count as a fashion accessory.

Representing Ireland in 2012, Jedward wore a matching set of silver and gold robotic-looking outfits.

Jedward perform at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.
Jedward perform at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Twin duo Jedward, who represented Ireland both in 2011 and 2012, finished sixth at the 2012 Eurovision song contest in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Brothers John and Edward Grimes wore what looked like silver robotic-looking matching costumes with gold detailing. The outfits came with star-spangled boots and heavy shoulder padding. The only thing they didn't do was style up their signature quiff hairstyles.

Svetlana Loboda performed for Ukraine at Eurovision in 2009 in a daring red feathered look surrounded by gladiator back-up dancers.

Svetlana Loboda performs at a rehearsal for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.
Svetlana Loboda performs at a rehearsal for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP via Getty Images

Svetlana Loboda, who was described as a local Ukrainian icon in her bio on Eurovision website, performed her song "Be My Valentine!" wearing a ruby-red ensemble.

The outfit, which presumably was in theme with her Valentine-related song, featured feathers, a sparkly corset and thigh-high glittery heeled boots. It's unclear how the gladiator-inspired outfits of her backup dancers related to the theme, but they did add to the daring nature of her performance.

In the end, Loboda placed 12th at the Eurovision grand final.

Belarusian band 3+2 performed their song "Butterflies" in 2010 and three members dazzled at the ending in full-sized wings.

3+2 perform at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.
3+2 perform at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.DANIEL SANNUM LAUTEN/AFP via Getty Images

3+2, Belarus' representative in 2010, added some last-minute flair to their performance of "Butterflies" when three of the band members revealed they were wearing full-sized wings.

Though they ended up finishing 24th in the grand final, they added some magic to the stage in these dazzling costumes.

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