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

  • Опубліковано 16 сер 2019
  • 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 taught 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? Don’t miss a thing, follow the latest news on and subscribe to the channel!
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  • Cesar
    Cesar День тому

    2014 interval act will always be my favorite.

  • Self Medicated on Mozzarella
    Self Medicated on Mozzarella 2 дні тому

    2014 is my all time favourite with Jessica Mauboy

  • edgehaedjr
    edgehaedjr 2 дні тому

    Interval acts in R'dam? Bring back The Common Linnets since they almost got us the win in 2014, or Anouk since she gave us not only a top 10 finisher but our first final in 9 years...? They would be done with judging on The Voice by then, so possible. They'll probably get some DJs (Tiësto, Martin Garixx, W&W, Hardwell, etc) though, because what more Dutch than house/trance. xD

    ONUKA's megamix was probably my favourite interval act of the 2010s, followed by Petra and Måns, and Madcon and the flashmob.

  • nina
    nina 13 днів тому

    Duncan, måns and lenaaaa

  • Justin Angelo Alvarez
    Justin Angelo Alvarez 15 днів тому

    Rainmaker is my favorite interval song...

  • Art Boy
    Art Boy 18 днів тому +1

    6:51 Is that correct?
    He LEARNED or should it be teached??!

  • Christopher Menon
    Christopher Menon 20 днів тому

    I saw Måns and Petra in the thumbnail, so I knew I had to watch.

  • Hikmet Seferov
    Hikmet Seferov 20 днів тому +1

    Act of 2012 is perfect 🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿

  • Kira
    Kira 20 днів тому

    Nothing will ever beat Måns and Petras iconic performance

  • Sean Keeney
    Sean Keeney 22 дні тому

    Tiësto needs to be at Eurovision 2020

  • Well Dann
    Well Dann 23 дні тому

    We NEED Mans, Netta, Eleni and MAHMOOD!!!!!

  • Anne van Mierlo
    Anne van Mierlo 25 днів тому

    SO for all the Dutch people, how awsome would it be if Snollebollekes was an interval act!?

  • VanAllesEnNynke
    VanAllesEnNynke 25 днів тому

    Nothing beats love, love, peace peace for me hahaha. Switch song close second

  • Александра Шарипова

    My top-1 Interval acts :
    1. Apocalyptica(2007)❤

  • Elimov Zaur
    Elimov Zaur 26 днів тому


  • Felicia Ho
    Felicia Ho 27 днів тому

    Can we just have Måns every year? He makes everything better.

  • Melodi E
    Melodi E 28 днів тому

    Austiras openin was the best in 2015

  • Wojtek Toporowski
    Wojtek Toporowski 28 днів тому +1

    Ja chemmmm żeby w końcu wygrała polskaaaaaa

  • Kern
    Kern 28 днів тому +1

    P!nk for interval act! :D

  • Cenk Frank
    Cenk Frank 28 днів тому +1

    Where is the İstanbul 2004 ? Fire of anatolia ????😡😡😡😡😡

  • Андрей Христов
    Андрей Христов 28 днів тому

    Maybe an iconic performance from every country that have ever been in Eurovision?

  • 0belisque
    0belisque 29 днів тому

    No Loreen ? Lol

  • WopperFopper
    WopperFopper 29 днів тому +5

    Madcon’s Glow European flashmob was the best ever.

  • Blazing Scorpiez
    Blazing Scorpiez Місяць тому +1


  • Eric Quiñones
    Eric Quiñones Місяць тому

    I wish that The intervectual audience Wil be Ariana grande with 3 song

    OFFICIAL ESC Місяць тому

    Lena should come back to the Eurovision as performer ♥

  • FAN of Eurovision Song Contest Netherlands

    Eurovision 2020 🇳🇱

  • Cameron Clark98
    Cameron Clark98 Місяць тому +3

    2010 flash mob was the best

  • Семен Кульжанов
    Семен Кульжанов Місяць тому +2

    I want to see Lady Gaga's performance

  • Sahar Levy
    Sahar Levy Місяць тому +1

    Israel was DELIVERING IT this year !
    2019 was a BLAST!

  • WitnessAllen
    WitnessAllen Місяць тому

    Am i the only one who loves the 2014 interval acts?

  • Potato
    Potato Місяць тому +1

    What if Verka Serduchka sung “we are the winners” by LT United or Netta sung hard rock hallelujah? I would like to bring some very fun performances that were forgotten.

  • Golden Wither Phoenix 13
    Golden Wither Phoenix 13 Місяць тому

    Ya know what would be the perfect interval act?

    Sergey lazarev the third place man and keiino the true winners performing with Duncan.

  • Tilde 04
    Tilde 04 Місяць тому +2

    I love the flash mob one In Norway. That needs to happen again.

  • OkMackan
    OkMackan Місяць тому +1

    Sergey 2020kr Act? He can be the third to sing 😂

  • Tj1483
    Tj1483 Місяць тому

    Can tell you who I don’t want to see... Madonna or any variation there of. She was a waste of money. JT in 2016 was far better.

  • Supernova #1
    Supernova #1 Місяць тому

    10:04 NANA BANANA I DO WHAT I WANNA 🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌

  • Supernova #1
    Supernova #1 Місяць тому


  • ChekhovBla
    ChekhovBla Місяць тому +1

    Russia 2009 had the best intermissions that I remember, but I rarely do not enjoy all of them. It sucks as one has to go and pee during some of the songs :-D :-D

  • Airam Jimenez Garcia
    Airam Jimenez Garcia Місяць тому

    Vengaboys next year???

  • Dimitris Tsiklis
    Dimitris Tsiklis Місяць тому +2


  • StarsetCVR
    StarsetCVR Місяць тому

    If the geoblock prevents me from watching next year I'm gonna riot. Interval acts are where it's at. Also, you gotta bring back Michela.

  • Luuk Joling
    Luuk Joling Місяць тому +1

    Vengaboys, Tiësto, teach-in?! Besides Duncan and the common linnets ofcourse! 🌈

  • Lana Stanisic
    Lana Stanisic Місяць тому

    Sweden nailed.both times they hosted...and Israel as well

  • Eevaaa a
    Eevaaa a Місяць тому

    It’s a fact that Måns and Petra should host every single show on the entire world.

  • Nemon Cubez
    Nemon Cubez Місяць тому +2

    I still can’t take my eyes off Valentina while Emmelie sang Rainmaker

  • Daniela Esparza
    Daniela Esparza Місяць тому

    I want Mans and Petra to host again but I don't want Sweden to win

    RYKKE Місяць тому +1

    What?! Did u forget 2013? One of the best!! ❤️

  • Miriam Keleş
    Miriam Keleş Місяць тому

    Where is Turkey? Pff 🙄

  • Charlene
    Charlene Місяць тому

    Lena is still actively singing and you should check out her latest songs because they are really good

  • maya le
    maya le Місяць тому +8

    In my opinion Israel had the best interval acts ever!

  • Mark Specht
    Mark Specht Місяць тому +1

    Lena best Eurovision Winner 💋♥️

  • Terralorizon zefine
    Terralorizon zefine Місяць тому

    What about Apocalyptica in 2007? I would love to see them in the video :(

  • Uriya gaming
    Uriya gaming Місяць тому +1

    Switch song was the best

  • Tina N
    Tina N Місяць тому

    ESC 2006 Athens Opening acts: unique and ...the best. Can’t believe they’re not shown in this clip!

  • James McNamara
    James McNamara Місяць тому +1

    Riverdance will always be the best

  • Florian Graf
    Florian Graf Місяць тому

    2019 was my favourite year with the opening & interval acts! Netta's remix of "Toy" in the first semi-final, Dana International with her amazing version of "Just The Way You Are", the performance by the Shalva band gave me goosebumps, the ESC stars switching songs and then all together with "Hallelujah", Netta's world premiere performance of "Nana Banana", I even loved Madonna's performance! Yeah, it sounded a bit wrong, but as a huge Madonna fan it was amazing to see her performing at the ESC!

  • Marina Morales
    Marina Morales Місяць тому +2


  • august chr
    august chr Місяць тому +1

    Eleni foureira!!!

  • Ali Isayev
    Ali Isayev Місяць тому

    Billie Eilish next year!!!