Photo: EBU / Thomas Hanses

Giant hamster wheels, washing lines and circular pianos… Eurovision is known for its regular use of out-of-the-box props that give an act’s performance that extra touch. And at the 2021 contest, one entry stood out above the others for the creative use of props from start to finish.

We’re pleased to announce Ukraine’s Go_A as the winners of wiwibloggs’ Vision Music Award 2021 for Best Use of Props!

This is Go_A’s second trophy at the the 2021 VMAs. They previously picked up the Most Memorable Staging award.

Our readers voted Go_A their favourite out of seven shortlisted nominees.

Go_A win Best Use of Props at the Vision Music Awards 2021

We asked our readers to vote for which act they thought utilised props the best at Eurovision 2021. And Go_A came out on top with 1,650 votes — that’s 27.85% of all votes cast.

Go_A had props aplenty with them on stage at the Rotterdam Ahoy arena. All four members of the Ukrainian group started on a white platform that was adorned with similarly coloured trees. Go_A told wiwibloggs in an interview about how this was symbolic of a raft taking them on their journey through time and space.

Half way through the performance, their two accompanying dancers headed stage right to two barrels. There, they poured some seeds from their hands, which represented the sowing of joy and happiness as Go_A went on their journey.

And of course we can’t forget the other props that Go_A’s dancers wielded – ring lights reminiscent of those used in the Tron films. These were used throughout the performance and came together to form a halo above singer Kateryna Pavlenko in the final shot – one of the most iconic shots of Eurovision 2021.

Second place in our Best Use of Props poll goes to Russia’s Manizha. She started her Eurovision performance in an oversized traditional dress that she then broke out of. While this was her only prop on stage, it was all that was needed to grab people’s attention from the start and also convey the message of her song. Manizha finished a close second, earning 1,489 votes25.14% of the total.

Taking the bronze medal is Iceland’s Daði og Gagnamagnið. The group brought geek-chic charm to the Eurovision 2021 stage. Three members held crescent-shaped keyboards through the performance – designed so that they would fit around Árný’s baby bump. While that was already fun, they then brought them all together to form one big circular keyboard during the instrumental break. In the poll, Daði og Gagnamagnið were awarded 1,178 votes19.89% of the total.

Poll results: Who should win the Vision Music Award 2021 for Best Use of Props?

  1. Ukraine: Go_A — 27.85% (1,650 votes)
  2. Russia: Manizha — 25.14% (1,489 votes)
  3. Iceland: Daði og Gagnamagnið — 19.89% (1,178 votes)
  4. Bulgaria: VICTORIA — 15.24% (903 votes)
  5. Spain: Blas Cantó — 6.47% (383 votes)
  6. United Kingdom: James Newman — 3.68% (218 votes)
  7. Poland: Rafał — 1.74% (103 votes)

Total votes: 5,924

Vision Music Awards 2021

This award is just one of 14 awards we have launched as part of the Vision Music Awards 2021 (VMAs).

Our 14 categories — from Best Dressed to Best Use of Social Media — identify the contestants who left the biggest impression on Eurovision fans, regardless of whether they won the contest or not.

Click here to see the remaining categories, and stay tuned to find out the remaining Vision Music Award winners!

Do you agree that Go_A utilised props the best at Eurovision 2021? Who else would you shout out to? Let us know in the comments down below.

Read more Vision Music Awards 2021 news here

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2 years ago

Top of the props – Should be invited to “Top of the Pops” then 🙂

Yudhistira Mahasena
2 years ago

Ukraine and props make the most beautiful friendship in Eurovision.

2 years ago

Wow, that was a close one! Even though I’m a huge fan of Manizha’s babushka, Go_a did such an amazing job in EVERYTHING. Props, performance, energy, attitude, gracious me, even the live-on-tape was spot on! No words…