It hasn’t even been a week since Måns Zelmerlöw won the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, but Sweden and the rest of Europe (and Australia?) already want to know who will host the festivities. The bookmakers are wondering too, and have released their first set of odds. From former Eurovision winners to Melodifestivalen hosts to the presenter of Let’s Dance, here are the bookies Top 10 favourites.
Eurovision 2016: Who will host?
This much we know: At Eurovision 2016 someone — or maybe multiple people — will inevitibly say, “Ladies and gentlemen, let the Eurovision Song Contest begin!” But who has the best shot? Let’s take a look at the betting odds in reverse order, starting with…
10. Charlotte Perrelli
Charlotte Perrelli won Melodifestivalen and Eurovision back in 1999. She then won melfest again in 2008, and placed 18th at Eurovision. La Perrelli tried for a third time in 2012 but couldn’t make the Melfest final. Luckily her song “The Girl” went on to become an evergreen within the Eurovision community. Charlotte has not done much work as a presenter, but we love everything and anything she does on stage. (Like when she entertained us on the Eurovision cruise to Estonia last year — yes!)
9. David Hellenius
David Hellenius is the first of three charming men in the bookies’ Top 10. He hosted the first edition of the Swedish version of Idol and later Strictly Come Dancing, and the only season of X Factor. Since 2010 David has had his own talk show called Hellenius hörna (Hellenius corner), where he once interviewed Europe’s hottest prince Carl Philip, the Duke of Värmland. He won the Swedish Kristallen award for best male television presenter in 2010, 2013 and 2014. It seems like this guy could host the entire contest on his own like Petra Mede did in 2013.
8. Jessica Almenäs
The eighth favourite is a true Renaissance woman. Jessica Almenäs isn’t just a TV personality. She represented Sweden at Miss World in 1998, studied science and media, is a basketball player and presents Let’s Dance, the Swedish version of Strictly Come Dancing. Along with David Hellenius, Jessica is the only contender who has no strong connection with Melodifestivalen or Eurovision. That’s not a problem. A lawyer hosted in Baku…
7. Shirley Clamp
Shirley Clamp is a real Melodifestivalen veteran. She has entered the contest six times, placing fourth in 2005 and second in 2004. Besides that she also composed Pandora’s 2003 entry. The woman eats, sleeps and breathes music, so why not host the world’s biggest music show too?
6. Sarah Dawn Finer
In the bookies’ sixth position we find Eurovision fan favourite Sarah Dawn Finer. Back in 2013 people were a tad dissappointed when the Swedish broadcaster chose Petra Mede over the SDF. But now SVT has a second chance to choose her. With Sarah having participated in and hosted the Swedish national selection she really knows the score. And of course we cannot wait to see Lynda Woodruff again next year.
5. Robin Paulsson
Robin Paulsson rose to fame as a comedian and earned plaudits for his portrayal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In 2011 he presented the Swedish Athletes Gala and in 2015 he presented Melodifestivalen with Sanna Nielsen, so he isn’t unfamiliar with singing spectaculars.
4. Gina Dirawi
Gina Dirawi hosted the Swedish national final twice in a row and, as you Eurovision fans know, it’s not easy to get that far in Sweden. Dirawi won the award for best female TV host in 2012 and 2013, which means the Swedish crowd loves this lady. Maybe they love her enough to let her host the contest next year?
3. Sanna Nielsen
Sanna Nielsen can call herself Miss Melodifestivalen. She participated seven times and finished in the top three three times — and her worst result was eighth place. After finally winning in 2014, she managed to place third at Eurovision last year. Then she co-hosted with Robin in 2015. That was a good rehearsal for a potential hosting gig in 2016.
2. Petra Mede
Everyone knows Petra Mede as the woman who presented Eurovision 2013 all by herself. She knows how it works. But if you watch Melodifestivalen, then you know that SVT likes to change presenters as often as possible, so presenting Petra at another Eurovision three years later seems unlikely. She recently co-hosted Eurovision’s Greatest Hits too. Surely SVT wants to show us a new face (even if Petra’s is glorious)?
1. Mans Zelmerlow
Mans Zelmerlow — the man who has brought Eurovision back to Sweden — is himself at the top of the odds table. The bookies think the reigning king of Eurovision will follow in Conchita Wurst’s footsteps and host a part of the show on home soil. Letting the winner play a part in the show is a tradition we’re ready to get behind.
Some other names on the list include Marie Serneholt, who presented Melodifestivalen in 2011; Nanne Gronvall, who placed third in Eurovision 1996; Lena Philipsson, who placed fifth in Eurovision 2004; Martin Stenmarck, who placed 19th in Eurovision 2005; Danny Saucedo, who took part in and hosted Melodifestivalen; Andreas Lundstedt, who has competed at Melodifestivalen as a solo act and as a part of Alcazar; Anders Lundin, who presented Eurovision 2000; and Carola Haggkvist, who represented Sweden at Eurovision three times and won it once.
Interestingly Eric Saade, who called Petra Mede a MILF in front of 200 million people back in 2013, is not on the list.
Eurovision 2016 poll
Of all the bookies top picks, who is your favourite? You can vote for as many potential hosts as you would like, but you can only vote one time. Make it count!