Surreal performances, bizarre stage theatrics and gaudy fashion are all part of the fun of the Eurovision Song Contest – which is arguably the strangest music contest around.

Before the competition final kicks off on Saturday (13 May), here are – in no particular order – some of the most memorable times Eurovision got really weird.


Who can forget these rockers, who stormed to victory in 2006 with their entry Hard Rock Hallelujah with a then-record 292 points.

Zdob si Zdub

These Moldovans aren't exactly a household name, but they appeared on the Eurovision stage in 2011 on unicycles wearing pointed hats – and everybody loved them.

Buranovskiye Babushki

The Russian grannies – otherwise known as Buranovskiye Babushki – travelled from a remote village more than 800 miles east of Moscow to Azerbaijan for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. They came second.

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Russia's singing granniesDavid Mdzinarishvili/Reuters


Just past the peak of their fame, Jedward represented Ireland at Eurovision in 2012. They didn't win, but they did wear glittery suits of armour.

Donatan & Cleo

The Polish entry caused quite a stir in 2014. The women suggestively churning butter may have received a mixed reaction, but nobody can argue it wasn't memorable.

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Finland's Lordi performs Hard rock Hallelujah at the 2006 competitionGetty

Tolmachevy Sisters

The Russian entry was booed in 2014 – the year Vladimir Putin signed Russia's anti-gay bill into law. The twins were memorable for another reason: they had conjoined hair.

Dschinghis Khan

Nothing says Eurovision more than West Germany's 1979 Genghis Khan-themed disco classic. What could go wrong.