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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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 BellBellowitsch_Katiowitsch

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!

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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“.

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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!

Mirjam-Weichselbraun01. Mirjam Weichselbraun

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. 

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Happy day
Happy day
6 years ago

I think Conchita must host the eurovision 2015, she’s so intelligent, beautiful and she speak very well english !

Belko
Belko
7 years ago

OMG…I was so surprised and horrified when I saw that Conchita was almost 40% ahead of the runner-up Andi Knoll. Because of Conchita’s pronounciation of English I think she should not be the host, maybe the green room. I will be very dissapointed in ORF if they don’t chose Kati. She is just awesome! Andi Knoll and Kati Bellowitch on stage and Conchita Wurst in the Green room, or much much better, she should be spokesperson! Think about that, ORF

UFO
UFO
7 years ago

CONCHITA WURST!!! She’s beautiful and fabulous!!!:-)

Daniel
Daniel
7 years ago

For me, the whole list, I don’t mind, they all sound great.

Martha
Martha
7 years ago

I’m for Andi, Kati and Conchy, our Eurovision Dream Team from 2014!
(I do like Miriam, Arabella and Alfons, but really, they are on *every* *single* ORF show!! >_< A bit of change would be nice!!)

Sue
Sue
7 years ago

Conchita is the one who should host the Eurovision song contest! She has won it! Besides she is clever and it’s interesting to watch her. She suits perfectly to this role just watch her interviews.

Madonnaffreak
Madonnaffreak
7 years ago

I go for Conchita….why..??
I think it will be the first time in Eurovision history that last years winner will host the show next year… would be nice I like her very much.

Finngal
Finngal
7 years ago

Conchita! I am really disappointed if she doesn’t have a major role in esc2015. Either as a co-host of an experienced host or in the green room. She is by far the best what has happened in eurovision since…well EVER! And I thouhgt the hell froze when Finland won but oh no, it needed Austria to bring in the real jackpot.

Julia Krasemann
Julia Krasemann
7 years ago

Conchita Wurst should do it! She is interesting, funny and so talented!

Georgi Marjanovic
7 years ago

I hope so it will be Conchita Wurst! Great Support!!

Anji Tilly Marper
Anji Tilly Marper
7 years ago

There is only one! Conchita Wurst! She OWNS Eurovision now! <3 <3 xxxx

Gemma
Gemma
7 years ago

Conchita Wurst. Her English is good, she has a great character and anyone who has seen her recent press conferences knows how professional she is. Also, people would tune in to see her, whether they like her or not. I know I would.

Judith
Judith
7 years ago

I am okay with everybody but Andreas Gabalier. I’d love to see Conchita, but her English is far from perfect. Same goes for Kati. I think Mirjam could be a good choice. I am not sure how good Andi’s English is, but he is a lot of fun.

My vote: Kati, Andi and Conchita, if all of them take English lessons.

Lone Brams
Lone Brams
7 years ago

I find that the winner of ESC – 2014 Conchita Wurst with her elegance and chique stil, intelligence and humour unny unny would be a fabulous host at the ESC – 2015 in Wienna, Austria..

littlejoke
7 years ago

Conchita of course !She’s so fabulous ! <3 <3 <3

Susanne Schoeberl
Susanne Schoeberl
7 years ago

What a question. Of course, Conchita! Together with Andi Knoll (or perhaps Alfons Haider). Kati Bellowitsch can do the Green Room. The rest of the names on that list: Please don’t!

Michelle Topham
7 years ago

Come on, do you even have to ask? 🙂

Conchita, of course. Let’s face it, that’s who everyone is going to be tuning in to see.

Also, absolutely adore Andi and Kati, so would love seeing them at ESC 2015. They both have such great screen presence and seem to be truly nice people, with the gift of being good interviewers.

All 3 of these people would do Austria proud.

Oostenrijk
Oostenrijk
7 years ago

Alice Tumler for obvious reasons and Mirjam Weichselbraun.

Andi Knoll doesn’t have proper English skills, also Kati Bellowitsch is not really fluent in it.

Best choice of course: Christoph Waltz

Charlotte Ramsden
Charlotte Ramsden
7 years ago

I think that Conchita wurst should host ESC 2015… As she is most simply #fabulous!

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
7 years ago

I want to see Christoph Waltz and Andi Knoll host ESC 2015. 🙂

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Mirjam, Robert, Andi, Kati are my favorite ones.

Ranting Ruby
Ranting Ruby
7 years ago

Me too, Zac!

Darren
Darren
7 years ago

I think Kati Bellowitsch and Andi Knoll should present from the main stage while Conchita Wurst host from either the Gren Room or Stephanzplatz, where a party will be held and the contest shown on a big screen.
My suggestion anyway.

Alina Piotrowska
Alina Piotrowska
7 years ago

Conchita Wurst because he is a wonderful man

ESCFan
ESCFan
7 years ago

Andi and Katie or Mirjam

Ani
Ani
7 years ago

Andi Knoll

Bledar Leka
Bledar Leka
7 years ago

On the stage, only Kati. Arabella for the green room.

Charles
Charles
7 years ago

Anyone who is truly professional in hosting a TV show … not interested in seeing people treating the whole thing like a circus and hopefully with true mastering in both English and French. I’d appreciate a lot less screaming towards the audience with that annoying “Hello Europe” … and the audience being filmed the whole time as if they were the true reason of the whole thing … It’s a song contest … the message has been passed more than once … now move on to music.

D
D
7 years ago

Kati Bellowitsch, Andi Knoll, and Mirjam Weichselbraun. Kati and Andi do the voting while Mirjam’s in the green room. I don’t want Conchita to host, she can announce the Austrian votes though.

Zac
Zac
7 years ago

I thought Andreas Gabalier was Daniel Radcliffe and had a super sarcastic post primed but now I can’t use it :/

Go Conchita though ^_^

beccaboo1212
7 years ago

Two words – Natalia, Kelly.

Deven O'Kearney
7 years ago

Christoph Waltz and Andi Knoll to host ESC 2015. 😀

Sarah Boucher
7 years ago

KATI BELLOWITSCH

cheesecake
cheesecake
7 years ago

I hope it’s gonna be Mirjam Weichselbraun, she’s so talented and nice.