Earlier this month Australia‘s broadcaster SBS announced that long-running commentators Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang had farewelled their Eurovision gig. Now the broadcaster has confirmed their replacements. Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey will make their debut in the commentary box in Kyiv.
Myf Warhust is a broadcaster, music nerd and long-term Eurovision fan. She was also part of the Australian jury last year, and claims to regularly host Eurovision parties for her friends. As well as a regular radio show on Double J, she is also well known for her role on the long-running music quiz Spicks and Specks.
Myf sounds excited by the new gig, and told SBS that, “getting into the arena and actually hosting the glittery Olympics of music…. It’s an absolute dream gig for me. I’m still pinching myself!”
Comedian Joel Creasey is also a Eurovision fan. But he’s best known for his work as a stand-up comedian, both in Australia and increasingly overseas. He is openly gay his comedy often features LGBT themes. Joel’s nickname is “the Acid Tongue Prince” — and it seems SBS will be hoping for a bit of that acid in Kyiv.
SBS announced Myf and Joel’s appointment with this video, where the new duo try out a number of Eurovision looks.
While Australia has broadcast Eurovision since 1983, it’s only been since 2009 that SBS started to regularly send a commentary team to cover the event from Europe.
Prior to 2009, SBS used the BBC’s commentary most years, so Australian viewers became used to the acerbic wit of Terry Wogan. Upon Wogan’s retirement in 2008, SBS decided to do it their own way.
SBS presenters Julia Zamiro and Sam Pang made their debut at Eurovision 2009 in Moscow and have been a fixture at the annual event.
Julia also made an appearance at Eurovision 2014. She starred in the video that explained Australia’s involvement in Eurovision — she was the one responsible for airlifitng Australia all the way to Europe.
But from May, it will be up to Myf and Joel to bring Eurovision downunder. We wish them luck!