With reports in the media that Anna Vissi's dress for the final cost a phenomenal 170,000 Euros, Greece joins the ranks of those countries which are stepping out in style at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
It seems that fashion is paramount at the contest this year, a trend which kicked off with esctoday.com's report on Kate Ryan's 14,000 euro outfit for the semifinal. That figure seems to pale into insignificance against the reported cost of the Greek superstar's frock, which has been created by reknowned designer Jean Paul Gaultier. Anna has yet to unveil the creation, and is expected to do so with great press interest over the coming days of final rehearsals.
Andorra too had placed great stock in a "very nice" dress for its representative Jenny. Slight panic ensued as the outfit was impounded by customs, along with all the Andorran promotional materials, for several days. Although it did finally arrive, it seems to have been quickly ditched after invariably unflattering reports following the first semifinal rehearsal!
How important is haute couture at the Eurovision Song Contest? Very, it might seem!