It’s been one of the worst kept secrets this year, but finally SVT have confirmed that Eurovision 2016 will be hosted by reigning champ Måns Zelmerlöw and 2013 presenter Petra Mede.
The announcement was made today by ESC 2016 executive producer Martin Österdahl at a press conference held by host broadcaster SVT. Despite a recent tradition of having a seperate green room host in the show, it appears that Petra and Måns will be doing any green room duty themselves.
Ever since he won in Vienna, the big question was if Måns would be involved in hosting Eurovision 2016. Måns publicly admitted he was interested, but wouldn’t divulge any further information.
As well as his music career, Måns is an experienced presenter on Swedish television. He first hosted Lilla Melodifestivalen in 2007, and later hosted Melodifestivalen in 2010, where he proved he could get serious with the results and go crazy with Dolph Lundgren. From 2011 to 2013, Måns was also the host of the long-running singalong show Allsång på Skansen.
Måns isn’t the only Eurovision participant to return as a presenter. In recent years, Stefan Raab, Eldar Gasimov and Conchita Wurst have come back to host the song contest.
After Petra successfully hosted Eurovision 2013, she was a popular choice to return in 2016. Petra is an experienced entertainer, and fluent in Swedish, English and French — a talent which gave her the rare ability to host the Malmö shows all by herself. Petra also hosted Melodifestivalen 2009, and along with Graham Norton, she co-hosted Eurovision’s Greatest Hits. As well as co-hosting Eurovision 2016, Petra will also kick off Melfest 2016, co-hosting the first semi-final with Gina Diwari.
Petra joins the elite group of hosts who have presented Eurovision more than once. French host Jacqueline Joubert presented shows in 1959 and 1961, while British television legend Katie Boyle is unbeaten with four shows, in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1974.
Also on board for 2016 is writer Edward af Sillén, the man behind the lively scripts for 2013 and Eurovision’s Greatest Hits earlier this year. He’ll be writing for Stockholm and also directing the shows. He’s got this licked!
What do you think of the 2016 hosts? Should Petra have hosted alone again? Or should SVT have paired Måns with someone new? Share your thoughts below!