Behind the scenes footage shows just how crazy set changes are at Eurovision
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Set changes are impressive as it is - especially at live performances like the theatre and music festivals. But what happens when you have just under a minute to turn around an entire stage ready for the next act? One TikTok user shares the behind the scenes of the Eurovision song contest, including what you don't see on screen in between each country's entry performance.
TikTok user, @abiclarkecomedy shares the absolute carnage that the stagehands have to deal with in order to turn around the props so that the stage syncs flawlessly with the lights and music. These guys really do deserve their own Eurovision trophy for their efforts.
The voice caption says: 'What you don't see during the 40 seconds between songs at Eurovision. There are a total of 29 props this year." The video then shows stagehands running around frantically with the Benny Hill theme tune dubbed over the top for added comedic effect.
The video continues by describing the props, adding that the biggest measured eight by six metres making it quite a challenge to place and secure on stage in such a short timeframe.
It then explains that there was 30 stagehands working on the Eurovision set this year; ten to 'prepare the prop or set pieces side of stage', another ten to assemble it on stage and the remaining third of the crew to remove the prop already on stage so that the next act is ready to go.
Incredibly, the crew only get to rehearse this three or four times before the show meaning they have to learn fast in order to avoid mistakes that can be costly time-wise. It's definitely an art form to master.
The video, captioned: 'The devil works hard, but the Eurovision stage team works harder' has since gained over 792k likes and 27k shares. Eurovision fans have been left baffled, commenting on how blown away they are below the video.
One TikTok user wrote: 'I hope they're getting payed well' whilst another added 'I think I can hear their thoughts: “AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH”'
One clever commenter thinks they've figured out a solution for how to make next year's Eurovision more interesting and exciting, writing: "They should make it so each country gets to have a stage crew and have another competition in who can do it the best and fastest. BOOM more viewers."
We're not sure if the BBC will implement the above idea next time around, but one thing is for sure... those stagehands deserve a raise.
Featured Image Credit: @abiclarkecomedy/TikTok