Austrian broadcaster ORF has decided when and where the 60th Eurovision Song Contest will take place, but the wiwibloggs team still has one very important question: Who is gonna host the show? After checking all the possible names from Ä to ß we have drafted our list of 10 famous Austrians worthy of hosting our favourite show next year in Vienna. Who do you want to see on the Eurovision stage in 2015? Check out the bios, and then vote in our poll.
10. Alfons Haider
Alfons Haider kicks off our list in spot #10. The 57-year-old TV presenter is on Austria’s A-list. After his education as an actor in Vienna and Los Angeles, he appeard on several ORF TV shows and established himself as one of the most beloved TV presenters in Austria. Since 1989 he has presented the popular “Wiener Opernball“, where he has developed a huge following because of his humour and interview style. He came out in 1997 and has been a fixture at the Life Ball ever since. He’s known for his campaigns for gay rights and was the first male participant on “Dancing stars” to dance with men. That dovetails nicely with Eurovision’s values of tolerance and openness.
09. Arabella Kiesbauer
Our first female contender is Arabella Kiesbauer. The Austrian-Ghanaian TV personality was born in 1969 in Vienna and is popular throughout German-speaking Europe. Her TV career started in 1989 when she hosted a teen program. After that Arabella had her own talk show, had a short-lived music career, was a cover girl for Playboy and modeled a shoe collection in Switzerland. In 1995 she was a victim of a racist bomb attack. Since then she has been involved in a human rights organisation in Brazil. For the past year she’s also served as the host of the Austrian version of “Farmer wants a wife“. She is used to the spotlight, so could be a great host on Europe’s biggest state.
08. Doris Golpashin
Eighth place goes to beauty Doris Golpashin. Her career started at the age of 17 when she became the youngest moderator in Austria for a private radio channel. She later hosted a series of radio shows and the TV shows “Saturday Night Fever” and “Club Ö3”. She also has experience on comedy shows in Austria and Germany. In 2009 she landed her own society show on the Austrian TV channel “Puls 4“. In 2011 she hosted the “Romy Awards” and the “Life Ball“. She has Eurovision experience, too. She hosted “Die Große Chance” where Conchita Wurst started her career. Now she’s the backstage host of “The Voice of Germany“, so is even well-known outside of Austria.
07. Robert Kratky
Austria’s most popular radio presenter, Robert Kratky is our lucky #7. After a lacklustre school career, he won the Youth Speech Contest (the same contest that our Austrian blogger Patrick won this year). He then moved to “Radio Salzburg“. After that, the most famous radio channel in Austria, Ö3, offered him a job as host for one of their shows. Since then he has hosted the morning magazine and everybody knows his voice! His radio comedy shows made him super famous and in 2007 he co-wrote the book “The Truth“. In 2011 and 2012 he hosted the Austrian National Finals for the Eurovision Song Contest. With his love for Eurovision, we think he would be a great choice to host the main event!
06. Andreas Gabalier
Sixth place goes to the most popular Austrian musician these days–Andreas Gabalier! The 30-year-old Styrian started his career in 2008 in the folk music show “Musikantenstadl“. He also entered the National Selection for the “Grand Prix der Volksmusik“, a show similar to ESC, and placed 2nd. He’s won countless awards, like the “Amadeus Award” the “Echo” and the “Bambi“. His album “Herzwerk” spent 74 weeks in the charts and is the second most popular album in Austrian music history. Only Michael Jackson stayed in the charts longer. He has already sold more than 700,000 records and been certified gold and 16x silver. On August 30 he will host his first Saturday evening show. Could that be a rehearsal for Eurovision?
05. Alice Tumler
Born in Innsbruck in 1979, Alice Tumler is truly international: she’s the daughter of a French mother and an Austrian father with Italian-Slovene roots. At 19 she moved to London where she studied journalism, media and sociology. After theather roles in Paris she worked for French TV channels “Voyage” and “TraceTV“. In 2010 she took part in the popular French show “Thalassa” and became pretty famous in France. Austria doesn’t like to lose talented people, so ORF decided to give her Doris Golpashin’s job as the host of the show “Die Große Chance” when Doris got pregnant. Alice speaks four languages fluently and, in our opinion, would be a perfect host for the Eurovision next May.
04. Kati Bellowitsch
Fourth place goes to the one and only Kati Bellowitsch. Born in 1974 in Graz, she studied to be a primary school teacher. In the 90s she worked for serveral radio stations in Graz and Vienna. In 1999 she got an offer from Austria’s most famous radio station “Ö3” where she still works as an editor and of course host. In 2000 she put her education degree to good use when she began working for ORF’s kids TV. She hosted serveral shows like “Kiddy contest“, “Forscherexpress” and “Drachenschatz“. In 2010 she hosted the “Wiener Opernball” and since 2011 she has been the official spokesperson for Austria at the Eurovision. What a career, ha? We think she has the overall package to host the ESC next year!
03. Andi Knoll
All of Austria knows the voice of our third favourite potential host Andi Knoll. The 42-years-old Tyrolese started his career at radio stations in South Tyrol, Italy. After an intership at “Ö3” he landed a regular job there. He worked with his good friend Robert Kratky on the morning show. When the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Jerusalem in 1999, Andi became the commentator for the ORF, which he still is. In 2002 he hosted the National Final for Austria and the “Amadeus Austrian Music Awards“. He also hosted the “Life Ball” in 2007 and 2008 for “Ö3”, and the talent show “Die Große Chance“.
02. Conchita Wurst
Do we really need to introduce you second place? Conchita Wurst just won that even that we love. Born in 1988 as Tom Neuwirth, this son of innkeepers took part in the Austrian music show “Starmania” where he placed 2nd, behind Austria’s participant in 2011, Nadine Beiler. In 2007 he was part of the boyband “jetzt anders” and completed his education as a fashion designer. In 2011, Conchita was born and her first appearance was in the TV show “Die Große Chance” where she placed sixth. In 2012 she tried to represent Austria in the ESC, but came second behind the Trackshittaz. After doing serveral show’s like “The hardest jobs of Austria” and “Wild Girls” she landed the gig singing for Austria at Eurovision — and she won! She’s the reason we’re headed to Vienna next year and we think she would be the best bearded host in the history of Eurovision!
Tadaaaaaa! Our top spot and our favourite to host the Eurovision 2015 in Vienna goes to Mirjam Weichselbraun, one of the most popular hosts in the country at the moment. Born in 1981 in Innsbruck, her first job was at the radio broadcaster “Antenne Tirol”. After serving as the “BRAVO girl” in 2000, Mirjam held a series of little jobs at “Tirol TV“, “MTV Germany” and “ZDF“. In 2005 she hosted the National Final for Austria and “Dancing stars” together with Alfons Haider. In 2006 she went to Germany to co-host the German version of “Dancing on Ice”. Later she hosted the “Life Ball“, the “Kiddy Contest” and the “Romy Awards“. Mirjam also gained popularity through the many movies she appeard in and her theatre role in “Manche mögens heiß“. From 2011 until 2013, she co-hosted the broadcast of the “Wiener Opernball” along with Alfons Haider and Arabella Kiesbauer, and the “Life Ball”. She’s hosted “Dancing Stars” for the past year. This lady has made a name for herself in a short period of time, and we think she should keep the momentum going by hosting Eurovision!
Now it’s your turn. Vote for your favourite person to host Eurovision below. You can vote for as many of our contestants as you’d like, but you can only vote ONE time. You can also write in your vote for someone else who isn’t on our list.