Six on Stage is a database of everyone who has ever taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest. In particular, it highlights backing performers – the unsung heroes who get trapped in glass boxes, thrown around on poles, sing their hearts out off stage or lurk in the shadows.

What For?

By recording the data in a structured way, the site can answer pressing questions like "Who has performed on the most entries?" (spoiler: it's Georges Costa) and "When was the last time someone took part in four entries in the same year?" (as recently as 2016 – just ask Lars Säfsund).

Bigger Than Us

The database currently contains 8,826 people across 1,605 songs, including 5,191 performers, 2,689 writers and 339 conductors.

Playing With Numbers


Is It Right?

There are lots of good sites with much of this data already and most of the existing information is spot on. But some song credits have been copied from site to site over the years with no checking, and what looks like a lot of independent sources supporting the same fact turn out to be one error copied several times.

Checking, cleaning and tidying this data over time should at least mean that, while this site can't be 100% correct, the information is the best available and gradually getting better.

Our Choice

This site divides performers into named artists and backing performers.

A named artist is the person or group credited during the Eurovision Song Contest. If the act is a band, all performing members are counted as even if they aren't singing. Backing performers are those who go uncredited on the night, regardless of their role.

In general people are listed by their stage name although mononymous performers often have their full name given to avoid confusion – I've tended to use Wikipedia's naming convention as a guide. Using the search box, you should be able to find people under alternative names. And yes, there really are two Niamh Kavanaghs on the same song.

What's Another Year?

Information on the acts selected for this year's cancelled show are on the 2020 page. Acts confirmed for next year are listed on the 2021 page. Only contests that have been broadcast are included in the various statistics.

Tell Me Who You Are

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What If We

...have corrections or missing information? Don't shut up about it. Email [email protected].

Newest addition
Peter Milefors

The last person added to the database was Peter Milefors, performing for Sweden in 1981.


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