Pop legend Madonna has been confirmed as one of the interval acts who will be performing in the grand final of Eurovision 2019. That’s got us thinking about the other acts who have filled in the gap between the competing performances and the results. Take a look back at the grand final interval acts from the past ten years and vote for your favourites.
It’s a given that at some point the previous year’s Eurovision winner will return and perform their winning song and perhaps debut their new single. But what about the other interval acts? Some countries deliver a show-stopping theatrical performance, some let a pop icon take to the stage, while others just like to have a bit of fun.
Watch the interval acts from 2009 onwards and vote for your favourites in our poll. You can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote once — so make it count!
Note: We’re not including any performances from the previous year’s winners in this poll.
2009: Fuerza Bruta’s postmodern theatre
The Argentinian postmodern theatre show Fuerza Bruta provided the interval act for Moscow. They performed a dramatic piece that incorporated music, movement and light.
2010: Madcon’s flashmob
The Norwegian duo Madcon delivered possibly the biggest interval act ever. The duo started out performing their song “Glow” and slowly involved more audience members in a flashmob. This expanded to Europe, as the action cut to locations around the continent, showing both street flashmobs and families partying in their living rooms.
2011: Jan Delay’s funky medley
Popular German singer Jan Delay took to the stage in 2011 along with his band Disko No 1. He performed the funky songs “Oh Jonny” and “Klar” and made full use of Düsseldorf’s giant LED screen.
2012: Emin’s extravaganza
Controversial Azeri star Emin Agalarov performed his single “Never Enough”. While the song itself was a typical slice of early 2010s pop, the first half of the performance was an extravagant display, involving traditional instruments, a string orchestra and flames.
2013: Petra Mede’s Swedish Smörgåsbord
Sweden took the cliche of the interval act showing off the host country and flipped it upside down. Led by host Petra Mede, “Swedish Smörgåsbord” embraced all the tropes about Sweden and celebrated the best that the Eurovision-loving country had to offer.
2013: Sarah Dawn Finer’s ABBA
Eurovision 2013 also delivered a quiet, reflective moment. Sarah Dawn Finer performed ABBA’s classic heartbreak ballad “The Winner Takes It All”, perhaps capturing the feelings of the 38 acts who weren’t Emmelie de Forest.
2014: Momoland’s “Ode to Joy”
The Danish theatre group Momoland reinterpreted Beethhoven’s “Ode to Joy” with an indie twist. Leading Danish singers performed the song with English lyrics, while balance atop giant illuminated ladders.
2014: The hosts’ 12 points tribute
In 2014, we were also treated to a number from the three hosts, Nikolaj Koppel, Pilou Asbæk and Lise Rønne. In a video clip, they performed an Ylvis-style comedic ode to Eurovision’s iconic 12 points, including a random section on… China.
2015: Martin Grubinger’s orchestra
In Vienna, the orchestra came back to Eurovision. Martin Grubinger and the Percussive Planet Ensemble along with the Arnold Schoenberg Choir loaded the stage with instruments, musicians and singers and performed “Speeding up the Images” and “All is in a State of Flux”.
2016: Justin Timberlake’s new single
Mr JT made an appearance in Stockholm, bringing his American pop to the Eurovision stage. Justin performed his 2002 international hit “Rock Your Body”, and debuted his new single “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”, co-written with Swedish maestro Max Martin.
2016: Måns and Petra’s “Love Love Peace Peace”
Sweden again delivered a big number with a good dose of humour. “Love Love Peace Peace” parodied all the cliches of a Eurovision entry, with a memorable performance by host Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede, along with a cast of dozens.
2017: Onuka feat. NAONI Orchestra’s megamix
The electro-folk band Ounka were joined by the National Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments of Ukraine. They performed a megamix of songs.
2018: Branko, Sara, Dino and Mayra’s showcase
Portugal showed off the modern face of the local music scene with performances from Branko and Sara Tavares (“Ter Peito e Espaço”), Dino D’Santiago (“Nova Lisboa”) and Mayra Andrade (“Reserva Pra Dois”).
What is your favourite grand final interval act from the past decade?