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The Most Iconic Opening & Interval Acts of the Eurovision Song Contest

After all the songs at the Eurovision Song Contest have been performed it is time for the host broadcaster to show their best efforts with the interval act.

We asked you what your favourite interval acts have been. Let’s take a trip back to some of the most memorable moments in the history of the contest.

In 1994 Ireland hosted the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time in a row. Ireland won the contest AGAIN at home ground but RTE also brought Riverdance to the stage. From that moment, Riverdance became a global phenomenon!

In 2010, when the contest was hosted in Oslo, Host broadcaster NRK had a very special surprise in store. Madcon performed ‘Glow’, and they got all sides of Europe on their feet for a then very popular flashmob.

The contest in 2010 was won by Lena and her song Satellite. Traditionally, the winner of the contest will also perform as an interval act during the next contest. Lena however, decided to return to the contest as a participant. She had a small roll in the opening act and later took her participating song Taken By A Stranger to tenth place.

In 2012, five Eurovision winners took the stage of the Crystal Hall in Baku. Dima Bilan performed a Eurovision medley together with Lena, Alexander Rybak, Marija Šerifović and Ell & Nikki.

This was not the only time a Eurovision medley was performed on the Eurovision stage. In 2017, when the contest was held in Kyiv the second semi-final was opened with a medley of Eurovision hits….Ukrainian style!

In 2014, Australia was put into the spotlight. Jessica Mauboy performed ‘Sea of Flags’ on stage in Copenhagen. Little did we now that we would see her again in 2018, as a participant representing Australia.

Later that night in Copenhagen in 2014 Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest performed ‘Rainmaker’. She didn’t do this alone, all participants joined her on stage.

From the Vienna Boys’ Choir in 1967, to Onuka in 2017, opening- and intervalacts have changed a lot over the years.

This year, Madonna performed on the Eurovision stage. She was not the only big star to perform on the Eurovision Stage:

- Céline Dion in 1989
- Boyzone in 1997
- Aqua in 2001
- t.A.T.u in 2009
- Justin Timberlake in 2016

Måns might not be the king of pop, he has surely been ‘the king of intervals’ in the passed few years! Since he has won the Eurovision Song Contest he has been present in three editions. In Kyiv, he learned hosts Alex, Vova and Timur how to present the Eurovision Song Contest.

He got his Eurovision presenting experience the year before, when he hosted the 2016 contest in Stockholm together with Petra Mede. He not only performed his winning song, but also sung in the opening act ‘What is Eurovision’ and in the legendary ‘Love Love Peace Peace’!

Last May in Tel Aviv, Måns returned. Together with Eurovision legends Conchita Wurst, Eleni Foureira, Verka Serduchka and Gali Atari he took part in the Switch Song.

In Tel Aviv we saw some amazing interval acts, like Shalva band, Dana International and Netta. Who would you hope to see as an interval act at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest?

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