If Swedish tabloid Expressen has it right, then Sweden’s SVT wants actor Dolph Lundgren — he of ROCKY IV fame — to co-host Eurovision 2016 alongside Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw.
Citing “Expressen information”, the tabloid claims they are two leading candidates. It goes on to quote SVT project leader Martin Österdahl, who was the executive producer of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. “These are two very good names we worked with before,” he says. “But we are not there yet”.
It remains to be seen whether they want to get there. But it doesn’t seem unrealistic. As Melodifestivalen fans will remember, Lundgren and Zelmerlöw co-hosted Melfest back in 2010, alongisde the comedienne Christine Meltzer. Here they are performing “Eye of the Tiger” (get the ROCKY reference?) during the final that year.
Dolph Lundgren at Melodifestivalen 2010
Lundgren is not currently listed in the bookies’ Top 10 favourites to host Eurovision 2016. However, as he makes clear on his official web site, it’s a year of celebration for him: “Hey, this is crazy, but it’s exactly 30 years ago I first walked into the boxing gym with Sly Stallone to get ready for ROCKY IV.” What better way to celebrate his achievements than by hosting the world’s biggest song contest?