WHEN it comes to award shows there is one, which is always bigger than the rest - bigger hairstyles and bigger smiles. And the British Soap Awards didnt fail to disappoint as the starlets arrived last night. It was like an explosion of Quality Street as dresses in shades of pink, orange, yellow, green and blue all fought for attention against the backdrop of the red carpet. And with their bleached styled hair, fake tans, and perfect make-up the actresses lived up to expectation as they posed for photographers. As for the awards themselves? Well, they were almost a sideshow compared to the daring fashions on show. EastEnders scooped the top award for best soap for the second year running - scooping a total of seven awards, one more than its closest rival Coronation Street. However, had awards been handed out for effort on the night the show surely would have triumphed. Actress Emma Rigby, 19, chose a floor-length bright pink strapless dress, which fell from below her bust. Her colleague Gemma Merna, 25, was equally eye-catching in a floor length draped orange dress, which hung from a chain around her neck. DM Hollyoaks actresses Zoe Lister, 27, sparkled in a yellow asymetrical dress while Ashley Slanina-Davies,19, chose a bright blue prom dress, with black heels and clutch. Meanwhile Coronation Streets cast seemed to have agreed on a theme - with Kym Marsh, Vicky Binns and Samia Smith all choosing shades of blue for their dresses. But despite the similar shades their dresses couldnt have been more different - with Kyms minidress the shortest of the lot. The 32-year-old actress smiled for the cameras and appeared to have put her recent troubles behind her in the attention-grabbing frock, which barely covered herlegs. Kym and her partner Jamie Lomas were left heartbroken after losing their son Archie Jay Lomas in February after he was born prematurely. Joining Kym was castmate Vicky, 26, whose gown was floor-length and satin, with a panel of decorative design around the chest area. Samia, 26, instead chose a vintage look calf-length strappy dress with purple suede peeptoe shoes and a purple and yellow clutch. Prom frocks were also a popular choice, with Hollyoaks Hollie-Jay Bowes, 20, choosing a black and white version to match her bleached hair. EastEnders Kara Tointon, 25 and Emmerdales Jenna Louise Coleman, 23 also picked the prom look, while Hollyoaks actress Saira Choudhry made the look her own in a ruffled dress. In comparison to some of her co-stars veteran actress Barbara Windsor was completely covered up in her maxi dress. Windsor was presented with the lifetime achievement award by her onscreen son, EastEnders Steve McFadden. 'This is extra special, the Soap Awards, because its our show, Windsor said, before picking up her award. 'We all know what we go through, were doing about eight episodes at the same time, all across each other, and they are long hours. But she added: 'I love it, I love the whole process of this. Speaking on the red carpet outside BBC Television Centre, McFadden said: 'Its the best soap: its well written, well acted, the camera team are fantastic. 'Weve got high production values, I wont say, 'No expense spared, but you dont move on until youve nailed the scene and thats really important.