42 countries participated in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, each of them supported by spectacular stage shows including graphics, pyros and of course, props. Let's look at some of the more unusual stage acts from the contest this year.
Whether it’s a giant hamster wheel (Ukraine 2014) or a bread oven (Russia 2012), props are often the most discussed element of the live shows of the Eurovision Song Contest. Delve a little deeper and the props themselves tell a story.
The skeleton is out of the closet
This year's entry from Azerbaijan featured a ladder, a blackboard and a horse’s head on stage! The song, Skeletons, performed by Dihaj, told the story of a strong woman who is passionate about a bad guy, but at the same time she remains self-controlled. "The blackboard, marked with various words, depicts my inner world whilst the guy with a horse mask on the ladder impersonates a bad boy. The ladder and the mask represent the huge emotional distance between us," explained Dihaj. As the performance came to an end, Dihaj leaves the box, symbolising the end of her self-destructive relationship.
Sweden's Robin said he couldn't go on... but he could!
The upbeat rhythm of the Swedish song, I Can’t Go On, wasn't the only thing that appealed to the audience this year. An impeccable dance performance on treadmills undoubtedly made Robin Bengtsson’s entry memorable for the viewers at home. According to the artist, dancing on treadmills perfectly fitted the song. "I think it’s a cool act. Starting from backstage is something that we haven’t seen in Eurovision before and it really works with this song," said Robin.
Austria's man on the moon
Austria’s Nathan Trent came up with the stage concept for his entry this year. He performed his song, Running on Air, on top of a shiny silver moon prop against a backdrop which featured a colourful sky scene. Nathan explained that the moon is a symbol of hope and self-belief. "The moon evolves — but at the same time it’s always there. I always wanted to be the man on the moon, and here I am".
Sailing through the Grand Final
The Belarusian duo, Naviband, took the audience on a journey as they performed their entry, Story of My Life, on a boat prop. According to the pair, their entry could easily be compared with the feeling of "flying over the forests and cities." The act was supported by fireworks, dry ice and colourful graphics. It was also the first time that the Belarusian language had been heard on the Eurovision stage.
What was your favourite prop from the 2017 Grand Final? Let us know in the comments section below!