After much speculation on who will be hosting Eurovision 2016, the wait will soon be over. On Monday, 14 December, Swedish broadcaster SVT will reveal the person or people who will host Eurovision 2016. And if rumours are anything to go by, it will be Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede who have the hosting gig.
The official Eurovision Twitter account made this announcement today:
The presenter(s) of the 2016 #Eurovision Song Contest to be unveiled at a press conference held by Swedish broadcaster SVT, Monday 12:00 CET
— Eurovision (@Eurovision) December 10, 2015
Fans have noted that the EBU aren’t saying whether there’ll be one host or more. The tri-lingual Petra Mede proved she was more than capable of hosting solo in 2013, but as there aren’t many Swedish hosts who could confidently present a three-hour television show in both English and French (and Swedish), there has been speculation that SVT will use more than one host in Stockholm.
There’s also the possibility of a green room host, in addition to the main show hosting role(s).
Swedish newspapers Expressen and Aftonbladet are both saying that Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede have signed contracts and will be presented as the Eurovision 2016 hosts at the press conference on Monday. Expressen’s source is reported as saying “SVT is very pleased. Måns and Petra are really perfect for the mission.” Aftonbladet notes that Petra was deliberately chosen to kick off the first Melfest semi-final, linking to her Eurovision hosting.
Who are the favourites to host?
Wiwi readers agree with the rumours. We’ve been running a wiwi poll asking who your favourites are to host Eurovision 2016. The winner, with almost one quarter of the votes, is Måns Zelmerlöw, who has previously hosted Lila Melodifestivalen 2007, Melfest 2010, and hosted singalong show Allsång på Skansen for three years.
Your second favourite is 2013 host Petra Mede, who also co-hosted Eurovision’s Greatest Hits earlier this year. This matches the rumour, reported by Swedish newspaper Expressen in August, that SVT’s preferred hosts were Petra and Måns, while later in the year, Aftonbladet reported that SVT were brokering a deal with Måns.
A number of popular names in the wiwi poll have since been revealed as having hosting roles on Melodifestivalen 2016. While main Melfest host Gina Diwari can be ruled out of contention for Eurovision, it’s still possible that her co-hosts Petra Mede, Sarah Dawn Finer and Charlotte Perrelli would still be in the running for the ESC gig.
The poll’s top 10 also includes Melfest 2015 host Sanna Nielsen, 2013 green room host Eric Saade, Melfest 2013 host Danny Saucedo and Melfest 2015 host Robin Paulson. Whoever SVT has selected, they have had a wealth of talent to choose from!
Wiwi Poll results: Who should present Eurovision 2016?
Melodifestivalen hosts are in bold.
- Måns Zelmerlöw 23.17% (1,085 votes)
- Petra Mede 17.45% (817 votes)
- Sanna Nielsen 12.68% (594 votes)
- Sarah Dawn Finer 11.27% (528 votes)
- Eric Saade 9.67% (453 votes)
- Gina Dirawi 7.43% (348 votes)
- Danny Saucedo 3.72% (174 votes)
- Robin Paulsson 3.2% (150 votes)
- Other: 2.61% (122 votes)
- Charlotte Perrelli 2.03% (95 votes)
- Carola Haggkvist 1.69% (79 votes)
- David Hellenius 1.07% (50 votes)
- Lena Philipsson 0.96% (45 votes)
- Shirley Clamp 0.68% (32 votes)
- Marie Serneholt 0.6% (28 votes)
- Andreas Lundstedt 0.56% (26 votes)
- Jessica Almenas 0.41% (19 votes)
- Martin Stenmarck 0.36% (17 votes)
- Nanne Gronvall 0.26% (12 votes)
- Anders Lundin 0.18% (9 votes)
Who do you want to see host Eurovision 2016? Should Petra come back? Or is it time for fresh talent? Share your thoughts below!