Every artist wants to give a great performance and when it comes to using props they often go all out. From a garden hosepipe for Switzerland in 1979 to a bread oven for Russia in 2012, there have been many weird and wonderful props on the Eurovision stage over the years. What about this year?
Technical manager Robert Roos explained the challenges with using props on the Eurovision stage. "We weight of the prop is a consideration. The prop from the United Kingdom was the biggest challenge because it weighed more than 1500 kilos and it consisted of two parts," he said.
It was not only the UK's Lucie Jones who brought a large prop, the Greek and Swedish delegations also brought hefty equipment to the Eurovision stage; a water pool and five treadmills to be specific. "All these big props are challenging, but that is also the fun part of it. Especially if we manage to get it up in time," he added.
Other notable props in 2017 included Romania's glittery cannon (pictured below), Ukraine's huge silver head, Ireland's hot air balloon, Azerbaijan's blackboard and Switzerland's huge staircase.
Robert Koos brought a team of five people with him to Ukraine and had help with all the quick changes between songs from 20 Ukrainian stage hands. Such a large team was necessary since there are only 40 seconds in between the acts to remove the prop from the stage and the next act appearing. The challenges increase when successive artists have props - every second counts when it comes to the live shows.
"Not a single day is the same"
Robert had a challenging job at the Eurovision Song Contest, but that is also what he liked most: "Not a single day is the same. Everything changes all the time and that is a lot of fun."