Barbara Dex

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Barbara Dex
Barbara Dex ACV.jpg
Born Barbara Maria Karel Deckx
(1974-01-22) 22 January 1974 (age 44)
Turnhout, Belgium
Nationality Belgium
Occupation singer

Barbara Maria Karel Deckx (born 22 January 1974 in Turnhout), better known by her stage name Barbara Dex, is a Belgian singer who represented her country in the Eurovision Song Contest 1993 with the song "Iemand als jij". Dex had qualified via the Belgian national heat, Eurosong 93, held at the Casino Knokke on 6 March. At the Eurovision in Millstreet, she performed seventh, after Greece's entry "Ellada, Hora Tou Fotos" and before Malta's song "This Time". Dex came last, in 25th place.

Barbara returned to the Belgian final in 2004, teaming up with Alides for the song "One Life" which placed third. A further Eurovision attempt came in 2006 with the country line-dancing flavoured "Crazy" which earned her fifth place.

Barbara Dex is one of three children of Marcel Deckx, a Belgian singer better known by his stage name Marc Dex. Her brother Tom Deckx has played bass guitar in the musical groups Tush and Nuts.[1]

In Eurovision, Barbara wore a self-made dress, which inspired House of Eurovision's Barbara Dex Award for worst dressed contestant.


Dex has released several albums between 1993 and 2011.


First album Iemand contains songs in Dutch. Since 1994 she has performed songs only in English.

  • Iemand (1993)
  • Waiting for a New Moon (1994)
  • Tender Touch (1996)
  • Strong (1998)
  • Timeless (2001)
  • Enjoy: a Taste of Gospel (2003)
  • Blue-eyed Girl (2006)
  • Only One Me (2008)
  • I Am Barbara Dex (2011)
  • Dex, Drugs & Rock 'n Roll (2016)


  • "One life" (2004)
  • "Crazy" (2006)
  • "I am" (2010)
  • "Before" (2011)

Barbara Dex Award[edit]

Since 1997 the Barbara Dex Award is an annual fan award for the worst dressed artist in the Eurovision Song Contest. From 1997 to 2016, it was awarded by fansite House of Eurovision,[2] and from 2017 onwards, it is awarded by[3][4]


  1. ^ "Nuts!". Artist info sheet. artiestengids. Retrieved 2009-02-11. [dead link]
  2. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (May 26, 2013). "Moje 3 wins the Barbara Dex Award". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Barbara Dex Award". House of Eurovision. 22 May 2016. 
  4. ^ " to organise the Barbara Dex Award from 2017 onwards!". 22 May 2016. 

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Preceded by
with "Nous, on veut des violons"
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Frédéric Etherlinck
with "La voix est libre"