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?

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Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

The hosts’ dance moment from last year’s contest should have also been included in this list (in spite of having been broadcasted in the second semifinal, it still is a highlight worthy interval act)!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJavfA8EmQk

DDD
DDD
1 year ago

2016 Love Love Peace Peace was a copy of the openingshow in MGP Norway 2015. https://tv.nrk.no/serie/melodi-grand-prix-tv/2015/MUHU02000115/avspiller. So the best interval act and something never done before in national finals or ESC was Madcom With Flashmob.

Brenden
Brenden
1 year ago

Obviously it’s gotta be Love Love Peace Peace. Anyone who disagrees is lying to themselves haha.

KYLLITO
KYLLITO
1 year ago

I expected to see 2016’s grey dancers as well on this list. They were phenomenal.

Marlene Jørgensen
Marlene Jørgensen
1 year ago

Glow of course! The rest I can’t even remember

Anders U
Anders U
1 year ago

Why is Emmelie de Forrest’s ‘Rainmaker’ moment not a part of this list? Just wondering. All love to the other internal acts ??

trabzan
trabzan
1 year ago
Reply to  Anders U

Because it was the opening act. not interval act.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 year ago

2016 by far…

Álex
Álex
1 year ago

In my opinion, Sweden has been the best at interval acts, especially with Love love, peace peace!

Rob
Rob
1 year ago

I’d love to go back to ‘the old days’, when a winner had a new single to promote. Because in that way, you sometimes could recognise if he/she was going under or was here to stay. I remember Elena Paparizou winning, seeing her later single “Mambo” during the next year’s finale, and loved her ever since. Her latest album is pure pop-heaven. The same with Emmelie de Forest; I loved her single “Hopscotch” after her ESC victory. And don’t forget Dana International: she gave it all on her album “Yoter Ve Yoter”; my fave album of her! I reckon the… Read more »

Tatu
Tatu
1 year ago

No doubt- Onuka.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 year ago

This was easy-love love peace peace all the way, of course! To be honest, I don’t recognize or remember most of the interval acts, although that may be due to the fact I hadn’t started watching Eurovision until 2016. Love love peace peace is such as spot on parodic distillation of Eurovision I shared the video of it to my friends when we were listening to the Doctor Who audio Bang-Bang-a-Boom so they could get a feel for Eurovision that the story was parodying. It’s actually available to listen for free on Spotify (and yes, the title is a reference… Read more »

Nikki
Nikki
1 year ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I’ve always thought they should make a TV episode too around Eurovision. Mans works now for BBC, so he could be available and I bet it wouldn’t take so much to convince Mr. Lordi to go for it for a Lordi had been aliens all along plot joke.

Gavin
Gavin
1 year ago

Most I don’t remember. Just the Swedish ones.

NickC
NickC
1 year ago

Petra, Petra and Petra.

Lisianthus
Lisianthus
1 year ago

I loved Madcon’s energy, so they get my vote.

Jon
Jon
1 year ago

The three for me are Sarah Dawn Finer, Swedish Smörgåsbord and Love Love Peace Peace – the latter easily being the best ESC interval act since Riverdance. As others have pointed out, I’m surprised that Loreen’s 2013 medley and 2014’s Rainmaker aren’t on the list – they’d get a vote from me as well.

Yannos
Yannos
1 year ago

Can we have Petra as a presenter every year!

Jubi
1 year ago
Reply to  Yannos

NO thanks…there are a lot of great professionals able to host too

Dragoo
Dragoo
1 year ago

For me, absolutely top is Petra Mede (both LLPP and Smörgåsbord were simply amazing). She’s one of the best hosts ever.

Cupcake
Cupcake
1 year ago

Norways Flashmob for me

Héctor
Héctor
1 year ago

Madcon in Norway 2009 (didn’t know they were Norwegian, I thought they just were invited), Danish grandma in 2014 and Love Love Peace Peace in Sweden 2016. Those are the first memories about interva act that comes up in my mind instantly.

Swedena9
Swedena9
1 year ago

Come on guys, the flashmob was better than peace peace love love, although that was fantastic? Portugal was the worst host of the century by far, so scrap that one…

Maldric
1 year ago
Reply to  Swedena9

In my opinion Portugal was by far one of the best host ever on ESC….

esc1234
esc1234
1 year ago

the 2014 interval was probably the most useless, akward television moment ever.Although they had a good idea the execution was a disaster

Darren
Darren
1 year ago

Wow. Sweden actually done something Swedish for a change in 2013?? Shocked.
I quite liked the Swedish Smorgasbord though.

My favorite interval act of the decade wasn’t even included on the list. It was actually the Loreen medley in 2013. It was so exciting. From the ones on the list though I guess I will go with probably
Ukraine 2017. Onuka (would love to see them compete for Ukraine someday)
Azerbaijan 2012. Emin – Never Enough

FanESC
FanESC
1 year ago

2016, period.

Conor K
Conor K
1 year ago

For those who like ‘Love Love Peace Peace’, You should check out Serbia and Montenegro 2005: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlG7_9-VPw0

Savalan
Savalan
1 year ago

For me best interval act i have ever seen held in Baku, so Emin..

Benjamin Jones
Benjamin Jones
1 year ago

the real best interval act was rainmaker in 2014, why isn’t it on the poll?

Darren
Darren
1 year ago
Reply to  Benjamin Jones

The Loreen medley in 2013 isn’t either. My personal favorite.

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Benjamin Jones

that was the opening act.

Darren
Darren
1 year ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Not at all.
During the final, Loreen performed “We Got The Power”, “My Heart Is Refusing Me” and finished with “Euphoria”. It was an awesome performance that also reflected her Berber ancestry and she had a really huge kimono for the “Euphoria” segment.

Granted, she did open the first semi in Malmö with a version of “Euphoria” performed with a choir of children.

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Darren

I was referring to Emmelie de Forest

Skiwalko
1 year ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Neither was “Rainmaker”. Btw the opening that year was quite cool, with all those uniformed people getting to the arena using different forms of transport, and then that long pyro display.

Skiwalko
1 year ago

Love, love, peace, peace of course.
I know it’s a question about past decade, but I strongly recommend watching 1984 interval act. Check it out for yourself.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

Love Love Peace Peace, of course! No competition.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago

It would be a surprise if LLPP won’t win 😀 I voted for it, plus Petra 2013. She is hillarious! 😀

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

Love Love Peace Peace, of course. The only time something resembling humor was displayed at Eurovision, at least for as long as I have been watching. That’s the silver lining of Sweden possibly winning over more deserving songs: the show will be great. Provided that they get the same woman host and the same script writer for a third time.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

To be fair, I can’t even remember any of the other interval acts, or didn’t really watch them, or tried by best to forget them (SDF 2013).

Valentino
Valentino
1 year ago

Love Love Peace Peace… what else….

Raoul
Raoul
1 year ago

There isn’t much competition here.

Makis
Makis
1 year ago

Not even Madonna can surpass Love Love Peace Peace. Period.

NorWay
NorWay
1 year ago

CANT BELIEVE THIS YEAR WE WILL HAVE MADONNA!!! :O AMAZING

Adam
Adam
1 year ago

Love Love Peace Peace. Case closed.