The grand final of Eurovision 2020 is less than three months away and now the host broadcasters have revealed details of the star-studded grand final interval act. Seven former Eurovision winners will perform a medley, representing the previous decades of the song contest.
Celebrating the 65th anniversary of the song contest, the organising broadcasters NPO/NOS/AVROTROS say the show will become “a celebration of music and diversity, building a bridge to connect generations.”
Representing the 1960s will be Italy’s 1964 winner Gigliola Cinquetti who will sing her winning song “Non ho l’età”. The four-way win of 1969 will be covered by the Dutch singer Lenny Kuhr who will perform “De Troubadour”.
The Netherlands will also be represented by Getty Kaspers, the lead singer of 1975 winners Teach-In. She will perform their hit “Ding-a-Dong”. Belgium’s Sandra Kim — who was only 13 when she won Eurovision 1986 — will perform her song “J’aime la vie”.
Ireland dominated Eurovision in the 1990s, so it makes sense that the decade is represented by Ireland’s 1994 winners Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan. They will perform “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids”. Alexander Rybak will represent the 2000s with his smash hit “Fairytale”. And of course, the 2010 decade will be represented by the fifth Dutch winner, Duncan Laurence with “Arcade”.
Sadly, the passing of time means that the four Eurovision winners from the 1950s are no longer with us.
The winners medley follows similar interval acts from recent years. In 2012, recent Eurovision winners Marija Šerifović, Dima Bilan, Alexander Rybak, Lena and Ell & Nikki performed in the semi-final two interval act. While in 2019, Conchita Wurst, Måns Zelmerlöw, Eleni Foureira, Verka Serduchka and Gali Atari performed each others’ songs at the grand final as part ofthe iconic “Switch Song”.
Edsilia Rombley’s side hustle as a taxi driver
The show will also feature pre-recorded segments starring co-host Edsilia Rombley. She will moonlight as a taxi driver, taking four past Eurovision winners around Rotterdam. Her passengers will include Anne-Marie David (Luxembourg 1973), Izhar Cohen (Israel 1973), Niamh Kavanagh (Ireland 1993) and Ruslana (Ukraine 2004).
The broadcaster says Edsilia will chat with each of the acts about winning Eurovision and how it affected their music careers. And we can’t help but wonder if there will be a little carpool karaoke happening along the way!
This won’t be the first time that a taxi used has been used to spread Eurovision joy. In 2016, show hosts Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw disguised themselves and drove unsuspecting Eurovision superfans — and wiwibloggs’ William and Deban — around Stockholm before suddenly revealing their true identity.
Breakdancer Redo will open semi-final two
Details have also been released of the opening act for the second semi-final. Acclaimed Dutch breakdancer Redo (Redouan Aiit Chit) will open the second semi-final.
Redo was born with several physical malformations, including a shorter right arm and shorter right leg. He also uses a prosthetic device on his leg. But despite all these physical challenges, Redo has become an internally renowned breakdancer and motivational speaker.
The Eurovision 2020 Head of Show Gerben Bakker, says: “We would like to show Dutch talent in all its facets. Redo’s enormous talent and story fit perfectly with the inclusivity and diversity of this year’s contest and the theme Open Up!”
Details of the remaining opening and interval acts for the three Eurovision 2020 shows will be revealed in coming weeks.
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