From the opening number to the voting segment to the green room, the hosts of Eurovision are always there — hopefully smoothing transitions and filling time. They guide the show and make it flow, and, as was the case this year, they sometimes remind the audience that this is a “music contest” and not a “political conflict.” They are routinely targets of harsh critique from fans and official commentators. In 2001, for instance, Terry Wogan labelled the 2001 hosts “Dr. Death and The Tooth Fairy”.
Now that Eurovision 2015 has come to a close, it’s time to assess how this year’s hosts stacked up against their predacessors. We’ve chosen to limit the poll to contests staged since 2000. Given the evolving format of the show and technological innovations, it seems unfair to compare the hosts from 1956 with the hosts from, say, 2011. The 2009 contest featured a different set of hosts for the semi finals and final, so they are listed separately.
You can vote for as many hosts as you like, but you can only vote once, so make it count! Be sure to click the box next to each set of hosts you want to support before pressing submit.
This poll will close on the 30 June 2015 at 23:59 GMT