8 Craziest Eurovision Song Contest performances of all time

May 22, 2015 at 4:15 p.m. ET
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The Grand Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is only 24 hours away so it's as good a time as any to take a look back at some of the most, um, interesting performances to embrace the Eurovision journey.

Dustin The Turkey "Irelande Douze Pointe" (Ireland, 2008) 

Parody song "Irelande Douze Pointe" (misspelled on purpose, Grammar Police) didn't actually make it to the final but definitely deserves a mention here. Purely because it was performed by a turkey puppet called Dustin.


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Lordi "Hard Rock Hallelujah" (Finland, 2006)

Finnish hard rock band Lordi won the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with "Hard Rock Hallelujah," got a No. 1 hit in their home country with the song (leading to the release of a special brand of fizzy drink in their honour) and even made it into the U.K. Top 40. It's amazing what some monster costumes can do for a band.


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Cezar "It's My Life" (Romania, 2013) 

Cezar's 2013 performance had it all: practically naked backing dancers, pyrotechnics, operatic singing, levitation and a Dracula costume.


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Verka Serduchka "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (Ukraine, 2007)

Verka Serduchka is actually a character of comedian Andriy Mykhailovych Danylko. Which didn't make the performance any less crazy. Silver lamé trousers, anyone? FYI, Serduchka told reporters that "lasha tumbai" meant "whipped cream." The mind boggles.


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Krassimir Avramov "Illusion" (Bulgaria, 2009)

"Illusion" was the epitome of Eurovision fabulousness. Dubious disco-clad backing singers, a falsetto male singer in bizarre medieval costume, men on stilts dropping by… Basically, nobody has a clue what it's all about.


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Winny Puhh "Meiecundimees üks Korsakov läks eile Lätti" (Estonia, 2013)

Winny Puhh didn't make it to the Eurovision Song Contest final either but how can we fail to mention werewolf punk rocker wrestlers with a drum kit hanging from the ceiling?


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Michalis Rakintzis "S.A.G.A.P.O" (Greece, 2002)

A bunch of Greeks stomping around the stage, dressed as robots, singing about passwords.


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Zdob si Zdub "So Lucky" (Moldova, 2011)

The members of Zdob si Zdub all wore tall pointy hats and were joined on stage by a trumpet-playing fairy who made her entrance on a unicycle. The group told reporters the cone hats were their "national costume" adding, "With these hats we have contact with the cosmic spheres. They bring some positive energy to everybody!"


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The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final will be broadcast live on Saturday May 23 at 8 p.m. on BBC One, with Graham Norton providing the British commentary, and reigning champion Conchita will assuming the role of Green Room host.

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