With wind machines, feather boas, and a whole load of glitter, Eurovision is well known for not doing things by halves. The on-stage props or accessories that accompany a singer onstage can really make or break a competition. This has therefore led to some rather creative set decoration over the years.
By
Genevieve Dwyer

22 Apr 2016 - 1:43 PM  UPDATED 22 Apr 2016 - 2:47 PM

As any good Eurovision artist knows, vocal talent is really only a secondary consideration – of far more importance is the flamboyance of your accessories. So here are some of the more creative choices in props over the recent years!

 

Giant oversized musical instruments – Lithuania 2010

Because why even pretend that you can actually play a musical instrument when you can have these giant oversized plastic versions instead? Inculto really brought the lyrics of “Eastern European Funk” to life with the help of these giant oversized instruments!

 

A four metre high flaming dress – Moldova 2013

Aliona Moon’s 2013 costume was more like part of the set than just a simple frock. The spectacular flaming Hunger-Games inspired frock will definitely go down as one of the more memorable on-stage accessories in Eurovision history! 

 

A man in a giant hamster wheel – Ukraine 2014

While Mariya Yaremchuk might have fronted this act belting out the tune Tick – Tock it seems it was definitely her accompanist Igor Kuleshyn who stole the show with his acrobatic performance in that giant hamster wheel! Just try to look away – you can’t! IT’S HYPNOTIC!

 

A gymnast on a trampoline – Greece 2014

A good tip if you feel like your singer’s dance moves might be a little bit lacking. Stick a gymnast in the background doing some spectacular high-flying backflips, to take the heat off. Greece’s Freaky Fortune feat. RiskyKidd clearly understood that it would add some rather spectacular theatrics to help distract from rather off-key vocals!

 

Giant oven – Russia 2012

Just because you’re performing on the international stage doesn’t mean you can’t get some baking done at the same time!  Russia’s Buranovskiye Babushki paid tribute to their home region of Umurtia, with a remix of the local folk music, wearing traditional costumes and also portraying some of the traditional baking of their village. Plus at the end they got to share their baked goodies with everyone! 

 

A highly sexual butter churn – Poland 2014 

Like the Babushki of Russia, Poland’s Donatan & Cleo just wanted to pay tribute to the traditional working-women of their home country, with their song 'We are Slavic'. We’re not entirely sure though that this woman has every really churned butter in her life… just  a guess though. 

 

Gramophone – Croatia 2008

Because nothing says vintage glamour meets modern funk like a beatboxing Grandpa scratching records on a gramophone! A confusing moment but a truly vital Eurovision accessory. 

 

A Dune Buggy – France 2008

Well Sebastian Tellier’s arrival in a dune buggy certainly made for a spectacular entrance, but the presence of the inflatable beach ball was never really explained. All of this helped make for one of the weirdest Eurovision performances of all time. Including a group of backup singers dressed up to look like the iconic front man. 

 

Man trapped in a box - Azerbaijan 2013 

Farid Mammadov seemed to have been channelling Will Ferrell’s Anchorman alter-ego Ron Burgundy in his rendition of ‘Hold Me’. “I’M IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTION!!”

 

Office Chair ballet – Spain 2006

Spanish girl group Las Ketchup really got to live out every bored office workers fantasy and take the office chair ballet to the next level on the international stage. And they should definitely get extra points for coordinating their costumes in the same fabric as the office upholstery!

 

Borrowed props from ‘Priscilla’ – Iceland 2006

Silvia Night’s controversial performance of ‘Congratulations’ featured a giant shoe that seemed mighty familiar to fans of camp Aussie cinema. Indeed, it looked as though Silvia might have borrowed a few feathers and rhinestones from the set of the Outback drag queen comedy too!

 

A transparent two-sided piano – Romania 2010

Because why would Paula and Ovi just go for two regular pianos when they could battle it out through the lyrics of the song using this spectacular instrument as their battleground?

 

Giant acrobat spinning wheels – Ukraine 2009

Svetlana’s 2009 entry would no doubt have to go down as having one of the most expensive production values of any entrant. And she certainly didn’t want those giant mechanical wheels go to waste, but had hot shirtless Roman-style soldiers writhing all over them as she herself did all kinds of acrobatic moves on them, including the splits, while singing! Cirque du Soleil eat your heart out!

 

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