We’ve waited and waited and waited, but the time has finally arrived! Denmark’s state broadcaster DR has revealed the three Eurovision hosts and put them on public display at a press conference in Copenhagen. The hosts Lise Rønne, Nikolaj Koppel, and Pilou Asbæk were tweezed and styled and well-rehearsed. They showed us the Danish face of Eurovision 2014—and we likey. Let’s meet them in turn…
In recent years host broadcasters in Norway, Germany, and Azerbaijan have had two female hosts and one male host. But this year Lise is going to be working with two men. She’s got the attitude and the charm to make sure the testosterone doesn’t get out of hand.
The 35-year-old became a trainee producer at the age of 22 and is a qualified DR host with lots of experience. She has previously hosted large-scale productions like X Factor, Aftenshowet and, most importantly, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2011 and 2013!
Here she is giving X Factor fans a backstage tour in 2012. She’s a bubbly one.
Nikolaj Koppel, 44, is a Danish pianist who took on the role of music chief at the Tivoli when he decided to take a break from touring. Like Lise, he has hosted programs with DR before, and he is also channel editor at DR P2 and editor at DR P1! Here he is critiquing a contestant on DK Talent in 2010.
Johan Philip “Pilou” Asbæk, 31, is a Danish actor and has appeared in films and on TV programs such as Comeback (2008), Borgen (2010) and The Borgias (2013). He received a Shooting Stars Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, so we know he can perform. Here he is talking to an Australian interviewer about Danish drama.
Pernille Gaardbo, the executive producer of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, seems confident about the trio.
“I am very happy to announce our decision,” she told Eurovision.tv. “It is – in itself – a huge task to be the host of a live TV-show, but the Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest music competition, and that puts exceptional demands on the hosts. The hosts need to keep their cool, be professional to the highest degree, and appeal to the whole world. I am confident that Nikolaj, Pilou and Lise will fill this role completely and that Europeans will feel the enthusiasm and warmth that we are trying to make part of the show.”
So what do you think of this years hosts? Let us know in the comments box below!
Liam Thorne contributed this post from Australia. Follow him on Twitter @esc_liam. Keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.
Photo: Agnete Schlichtkrull/DR