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  • Writer's pictureHayley Bessell

Aussievision's top 10 most iconic opening and interval acts at Eurovision

At Aussievision we have come up with our top 10 favourite iconic opening and interval acts at Eurovision ever!

Opening and interval acts have been delighting Eurovision viewers for decades, from Aqua and Safri Duo's epic medley in 2001 to Madonna's forgettable performance in Tel Aviv in 2019.

The Aussievision team voted for their favourite iconic opening and interval acts and came up with our Top 10.

Some of your favourites may not have made it here. Some these acts could be your favourite all time entries, for some they are a just car crashes. But you can't deny how much fun and entertainment it gives the Contest.

Let’s begin:

10. Stefan Raab performing 'Satellite' with Lena (Eurovision 2011) - 4 points

After Lena's win in 2010, fans were given an energetic start to the show in 2011 with one of the hosts, Stefan Raab performing his version of 'Satellite' to be then joined on stage with the star herself.

9. Swedish Smörgåsbord (Eurovision 2013) - 4 points

Not all all Eurovision legends are singers as some are presenters, and in 2013, host Petra Mede gave us a feast for the eyes and made us all laugh with the very clever 'Swedish Smörgåsbord'. This would not be the last time we would see her!

8. Rock the Roof (Eurovision 2021) - 4 points

A tasteful and fitting interval act at the Rotterdam Contest last year saw several previous favourites perform "remotely" on rooftops because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This included Lenny Kuhr (1969), Teach-In (1975), Sandra Kim (1986), Helena Paparizou (2005), Lordi (2006) and Måns Zelmerlöw (2015).

7. Eurovision songs, the Ukrainian way! (Eurovision 2017) - 6 points

For the opening of the second semi-final in 2017, the Ukrainian hosts performed some of Eurovision's biggest hits with a twist - a medley with traditional Ukrainian instruments.

6. Conchita Wurst - Building Bridges (Eurovision 2015) - 8 points

What an iconic moment - Conchita who brought the Contest back to Austria, flew (yes flew!) onto the stage while singing 'Building Bridges' for the opening ceremony in the Grand Final. At the same time, the competing artists were introduced on stage.

5. Down Under with Jessica Mauboy (Eurovision 2014) - 8 points

In 2014, Australia had their first performance at Eurovision, with Jessica Mauboy delighting the crowd singing 'Sea of Flags' in the semi-final 2 in Vienna. This performance was an ode to Australia's love for Eurovision, and was a sign of greater things to come!

4. That's Eurovision - Petra Mede & Måns Zelmerlöw (Eurovision 2016) - 10 points

Petra is back in 2016 with previous year's winner, Måns Zelmerlöw as co-host and what a combination it turned out to be! On stage for semi-final 2 they performed 'That's Eurovision' which was a bit of a history lesson about the Contest.

3. Riverdance (Eurovision 1994) - 13 points

Well this act really did start a craze, in fact - a huge phenomena across the world - Riverdance. In Dublin, Irish dancing champions Jean Butler and Michael Flatley took to the stage to show us what Irish dancing was all about, and we think it is fair to say - the rest is history!

2. Switch Song (Eurovision 2019) - 14 points

A more recent interval act in 2019, 'Switch Song' was performed by five Eurovision legends singing each other's songs - very clever! Conchita Wurst, Måns Zelmerlöw, Eleni Foureira and Verka Serduchka all graced the stage and were joined by Gali Atari who won with Milk and Honey for Israel in 1979 to perform 'Hallelujah'.

1. Love Love Peace Peace (Eurovision 2016) - 30 points

A very clear winner in our Aussievision poll with almost full points across the board, the 2016 Grand Final interval act saw hosts Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede deliver this hilarious recipe about how to win Eurovision. The iconic 'Love, Love, Peace, Peace' gave us all the good stuff about Eurovision including men in hamster wheels, obscure traditional instruments and a few previous winners!

Did your favourites make the list? What are your most loved opening and interval acts at Eurovision?

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