The best outfits from the 2017 Brownlow Medal

The 2012 Brownlow Medal was presented under very different circumstances in December 2016 when Richmond Tigers captain Trent Cotchin and former Hawk, now West Coast Eagles midfielder Sam Mitchell jointly received the honour after the previous winner, Essendon’s Jobe Watson had it revoked following his suspension due to a supplements scandal. Photo: Michael Dodge/Getty Images.

The 2017 Brownlow Medal presentation is underway in Melbourne this evening ahead of this Saturday’s AFL grand final between the Richmond Tigers and Adelaide Crows.

The clear favourite for this year’s “fairest and best” player, as chosen by the umpires at each match, is Richmond midfielder Dustin Martin, with last year winner, Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield, missing from the count after copping a one-match ban for a dangerous tackle in round 19.

While fans like to call it the Oscars of football, it’s more like Eurovision as the points from each round builds progressively through the night.

But there are two competitions at every Brownlow ceremony – the first for best on ground, the second, unofficially, for best dressed on the red carpet.

As everyone’s getting ready to get down to the Crown Melbourne ballroom, here’s how everyone’s looking on the night.

Sydney Swan Josh Kennedy and Ana Calle

B R O W N L O W 2 0 1 7 @anacalle & @jpkennedy12 #conilio #swisseredcarpet #brownlow2017 #brownlow17

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Melbourne’s Tom McDonald and Ruby Sweeney

Hawk Jarryd Roughead and Sarah Dunn

Melbourne’s Nathan and Jerri Jones

Ready to go [email protected] #browlow17

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WAFL Collingwood star Moana Hope and partner Isabella Carlstrom

Simply stunning @moanahope and partner Isabella Carlstrom #brownlow2017

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Port Adelaide’s Brad and Bec Ebert

Brownlow ready @bec_ebert looks ? Thanks @calibreaustralia @ortcman @_gretakate_

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Collingwood midfielder Scott Pendlebury’s wife, Alex

About to head down ?? #brownlow2017 @janehillbridal

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North Melbourne coach Brad Scott and his wife Penny

#offwego #brownlow2017 #scottfamilyics

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Richmond Tiger Daniel Rioli with Chenile Chandler and Isabelle Hardwick

Have fun kids! Girls with Daniel Rioli at #brownlow2017 #giveafrockbrownlow2017 #sacredheartmission (Chenile Chandler and Isabelle Hardwick)

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Swan Luke Parker and Kate Lawrence

Brownlow 2017 with my handsome date @luke_parker ❤️ #brownlow2017 #brownlow ? @alexperryofficial ? @cosmetiquemakeup

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Jessie Murphy, wife of Carlton’s Marc Murphy

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