The bidding process for the host city is up to full speed. But the Netherlands also needs to start thinking about who will be the host presenters for the semifinals and final.

During a Q&A on Twitter with Duncan Laurence, user @leowltrs brought the idea to the table of a collaboration between Ilse and Duncan as hosts. Not a bad idea if you ask us.

Duncan says out that he loves the idea of being the host presenter for next year’s Eurovision. It has also been suggested he could present with his mentor Ilse Delange.

No official statements has been made yet on who is in the running for hosting.

The Netherlands and EBU are first finalizing the bidding process.

Possible hosts that have been brought up on social media and in mainstream media include Cornald Maas, Jan Smit, Chantal Janzen and Emma Wortelboer.

Ilse Delange has the most TV experience, Duncan is new to the game.

Ilse Delange has been throughout her career mostly involved in writing, composing and singing. But she already has more then enough TV experience. Back in May 2018 she announced in Dutch TV Show ‘Pauw’ that she will appear as an actress in the American series Nashville. She would end up appearing in five episodes of the show.

Next to that she has been on TV in The Voice of Holland and The Voice Kids as a coach (side note: on The Voice is where she met Duncan). She also appeared on the Belgian TV show Liefde Voor Muziek, where artists from Belgium and occasionally the Netherlands cover each others songs.

Hosting Eurovision should be no problem for Ilse, seeing her already impressive TV experience. Duncan Laurence however, is a little bit more new to the game of being on TV.

But the experience of giving interviews and being on TV during Eurovision definitely counts for something. He has already proven he does not have stage fright. Duncan is currently touring throughout Europe, performing in venues and doing interviews with TV and radio stations:

Broadcasters have typically favoured established TV presenters in previous years. That said both Måns Zelmerlöw and Conchita have hosted the Contest recently, so perhaps The Netherlands will follow suit.

Do you want Duncan and Ilse to host? Or do you have another dream team in mind? Let us know in the comments below.

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Catherine
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Catherine

I want Sylvia Hoeks and Edwin Van der Sar

Georgie Jensen
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I love Eurovision!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Georgie Jensen
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https://www.vidoevo.com/video/MlFEYmZ3cWuRpX3RoQWc/why-did-the-herlands-win-eurovision-2019

This is why Duncun from The Netherlands won Eurovision 2019 and will represent Eurovision in The Netherlands 2020

Georgie Jensen
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I love Eurovision!!!

whatever
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whatever

Douwe Bob please, he’s cool

Georgie Jensen
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what

Otto
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Otto

Dutch TV and hosts are of a cringy low level, so I’m worried how this will all look..

Rob
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Rob

Eva Jinek has GREAT potential! She’s Czech, American and Dutch, so she speaks languages fluently. Tim “The hot Dutch guy” Douwsma would appeal to males and females. So does Douwe Bob. Ilse would be great also, however: her accent. She needs to work on that. I would also like to see someone like Ruth Jacott or Romy Monteiro, because the earlier mentioned are als most all über blonde. Ruth and Romy have a colour, which should be very powerful in sending a message. Someone gay would also be great, but I don’t know who. Maybe Freek Bartels could do it.

Greg
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Greg

Bob Douwe & Ilse please

Tom
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Tom

I want Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede to host anywhere =)

Northern Cyprus
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Northern Cyprus

I want Tamara from Macedonia

Georgie Jensen
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it is NORTH Macedonia boring but i LOVE your comment Northen Cyprus

Peter
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Peter

Your name is wrong. And your comment too. It is Cyprus and North Macedonia

MyEuroVision
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MyEuroVision

I’m hoping for:
Chantal Janzen accompanied by Humberto Tan, Art Rooijakkers, Carice van Houten, Barry Atsma, Tim Hofman or Daan Nieber

But I think they will go for:
Jan Smit and Romy Monteiro (Both have presented the NF of junior eurovision and did some other Eurovision related television shows like a quiz which they presented as a duo)

Danny
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Danny

Enjoy a boring host. Two days = no news. I want Russia!!!!!!!

Georgie Jensen
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Yuck Russia’s song is boring I want Denmark United Kingdom or Switzerland well enjoy being a verry verry extremely bad host ducan bunkan https://www.vidoevo.com/video/TWh3ZThmcWuRpak4zWEU/leonora-love-is-forever-lyrics-with-english-translation-denmark-eurovision-2019

Paul
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Paul

What about Goldmember?

Akalom
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Akalom

Too USA.
Carice is one thing, but somebody too Hollywood, no.
No Madonna stunt please.

United Kingdom
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kiss

Akalom
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Akalom

Slow news days. Internet is full of articles that Madonna gave a career ending performance. It can be the nail in the coffin for her.

Kesha
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Kesha

Respect.

Polegend Godgarina
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i feel like everyone’s already forgotten bout that trainwreck of a performance, in the end she didn’t steal anyone’s show

Polegend Godgarina
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i need kim-lian van der meij to host

Dutchie
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Dutchie

A selection from below…

— Ladies —
Eva Jinek
Edsilia Rombley
Jojanneke van den Berge
Maryam Hassouni
Doutzen Kroes

— Gents —
Humberto Tan
Rik van de Westelaken
Tim Douwsma
Michiel Huisman
Nasrdin Dchar

Deven O’Kearney
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Deven O’Kearney

No chance Humberto’s going to host Eurovision (as brilliant as he is). He’s RTL’s biggest star and he’ll never leave that station. It’s also illegal for NPO to hire presenters from RTL and SBS (and vice versa). Beaurocracy rules! My guess is Rik van de Westelaken, Eva Jinek and Jan Smit in the green room. I would love to see Michiel Huisman join Rik and Eva though. Dare to dream!

Víctor
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Víctor

Kim Lian and Ewout Genemans

Valentino
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Valentino

As long as they are good hosts (not like 2015), don’t care who they choose.

Vitta
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Vitta

And I thought NikkieTutorials actually had a decent chance to host after her IG story, lol.

Ira Fon Fustemberg
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Jury professional and Miss Tulipán.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

I’m surprised no one has mentioned Anouk, whose 9th-place finish in 2013 ended an 8-year Saturday drought that started in 2005, the year after Eurovision went to a 2- or 3-day event with qualifying rounds…

…Or did I miss something, and she has fallen way out of favor with most of you?

rrjym
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rrjym

In fact, Anouk is not someone who enjoys to be on television. You wouldn’t say it: but she has a rather shy personality that would probably not enjoy presenting Eurovision 🙂

Akalom
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Akalom

Sorry if I seem like a troll, but I only have Post Eurovision Depression in this slow news days. Anouk is not nice. She is jealous of anybody that had a better result after her, for her country. And she is always pregnant. She can give birth live, that is something!!!!!

Lisianthus
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Lisianthus

Anouk is 44 years old and got her tubes tied 2 years ago.

Pancake
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Pancake

Meanwhile, I’m sitting thinking Martin Garrix, Laidback Luke or Armin Van Buren should host the shows.

Gorilla716
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Gorilla716

Don’t really care much who hosts as long as they don’t hire four hosts again

Jim
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Jim

As a Dutchman, the only hosts who I can think of who would probably be good candidates imo, are Tim Douwsma (who gave points from the Netherlands in 2014) or Rik van de Westenlaken (former news anchor but would act enthusiastic enough) as male and Edsilia Rombley (Hemel en aarde :D) or Chantal Janzen (would also act enthousiastic enough) as female. The only risk is that Janzen works at another broadcaster, but according to RTL Boulevard, it is not forbidden: https://www.rtlboulevard.nl/entertainment/tv/artikel/4724221/gaan-jan-smit-en-chantal-janzen-samen-het-songfestival-presenteren Unfortunately, it won’t surprise me if our broadcaster NPO is going to ruin it COMPLETELY because they ‘MUST follow… Read more »

Bigger
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Bigger

We should take some things into consideration. Maybe the NPO is aware that the best presentors for large entertainment shows work for the commercial broadcasters such as RTL, Talpa, SBS, etc. Perhaps the NPO does want to negotiate with RTL, but you know how they are (€€€€€€€€€). Plus maybe there are indeed some legal problems or laws which state that there might be obstacles to do so? I translated that link since my Dutch is not that good, but it’s just a small one sentence which doesn’t clear things up, and I don’t expect Jan Smit to know every ins… Read more »

Jo.
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Jo.

Carice van Houten, and bish Emma ofc

Lisianthus
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Lisianthus

I just hope Jan Smit won’t be a host. He is not good at hosting live tv shows. He should just be a commentator again next year.
And I hope there will be 2 or 3 hosts instead of 4. 4 is a bit crowded.

Darren
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Darren

Can we just get Assi Azar back please?

– Asking for a friend.

David F
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David F

Here’s hoping!

— Thanks for asking for me 😛

Tilo
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Tilo

No thank you. I had too many cringy moments with him.

Dawid
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Dawid

Someone has to make fun of Cyprus ending up 2nd in 2018 for 1474th time, amright? No I’m not from Cyprus, nor from Greece

dragvision
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dragvision

Paul de Leeuw, Charlize Theron, Karen Mulder

Lisianthus
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Lisianthus

Charlize Theron is South African.

Polegend Godgarina
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and what about it ? we love south african excellence

Azaad
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Azaad

By that logic just have Graham and Petra host every year. This is a golden opportunity to highlight Dutch presenters

Una
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Una

She’s white and privileged. No her fault but the apartheid in SA was not cool. Nor the former colonial past of the Netherlands. The Netherlands must have TV presenters with good English.

Jim
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Jim

Paul de Leeuw? Seriously? He is nothing but a clown who thinks he’s funny and would most probably ruin the Netherlands’ image.

Jo.
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Jo.

Charlize Theron and Jackie Chan, pls.

Taker
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Taker
Sinnarie
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Sinnarie

I think they should give a chance to host for someone else. Duncan will have his monent in the final, for sure. 🙂

Azaad
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Azaad

True- but often if you’ve been through the tense and gruelling process of Eurovision yourself, it gives you a great deal of empathy and helps you relate to the contestants- making you a better host as you’re also passionate about the contest to begin with and not just treating it as another presenting gig. Conchita’s impassioned defence of Polina against the booing she faced (in contrast to Alice’s gentle remark of music being above politics-made with a smile) despite being LGBTQ+ and the booing being motivated by Russia’s homophobic laws demonstrates this. Moreover, Mans is generally regarded as a great… Read more »

Anton Zenk
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Anton Zenk
Azaad
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Azaad

Also, was there any controversy over Bar being chosen to host this year, given her avoidance of military service?

Katariina
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Katariina

Honestly I found Duncan a bit irritating in most of his interviews so I’d rather he not host.

Azaad
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Azaad

Honestly I think y’all are being a bit too ambitious by bringing up Carice, Marwan and Michel. I can’t see actors who have based their careers abroad wanting to host ESC. It’s like Gal Gadot 2.0.

Akalom
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Akalom

They might be lucky that GoT is over, I don’t know what projects Carice has now, but she might be interested. Many GoT stars will not be huge celebrities in the future. If I were Carice agent, I would tell her to accept ESC.

Jonas
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Jonas

Maybe Pilou can have a word with them.

Azaad
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Azaad

Didn’t Pilou join GoT after Copenhagen 2014? Don’t watch the show so wouldn’t know

Joe
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Joe

In Chinese, of course.

Katariina
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Katariina

Gal still would’ve done it if her schedule allowed though. She made that special appearance too. Maria Menounos (who isn’t as famous now but had a huge name back in 2006) still hosted in 2006. Carice isn’t *that* famous and with GoT over now I don’t see it as too unlikely, although it still probably won’t happen.

Azaad
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Azaad

Carice isn’t as big as Gal Gadot certainly and her schedule would be less hectic, for sure. But in general I don’t know if actors (especially if they see themselves as serious thespians rather than just film stars) are that keen to be presenters/hosts, especially of what is a singing competition- unless the bulk of their work is musical theatre? Honestly, while I think he’d do a good job in tandem with others, Duncan’s singer-songwriter status doesn’t immediately click with being a host, in the way a more performative and (I say this with no judgement or criticism) less creatively… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Most ESC hosts can be separated into categories: Funny/Snarky (special ones – Petra, most of the gang from this year, I’ll even grudgingly say Terry Wogan) Very Excited (decent few in the 00s – what they lack in great English skills, they make up for in enthusiasm. Basically every year between 03-09) Generic MC (the majority, especially from the ‘70s through the ‘90s. Ireland always looked like they were about to fall into this trap, but just barely missed it. Others, like in 12, 15, and 17, play this horribly straight.) Morons (the ones that go beyond generic into a… Read more »

Jonas
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Jonas

Aw, I can’t call Gigliola a moron. Toto, sure…

I’d add Ingvild Bryn to the “special ones” category.

Joe
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Joe

OK, she was less bad. But she didn’t make things that much better while Toto was going down in flames. Ingvild, absolutely. A few others that come to mind are Anke Engelke, Filomena Cautela, Yigal Ravid (“What a drama!”), Lill Lindfors (of course), and Desiree Nosbusch. Those are some of the gold standards I have for Eurovision hosts, besides the ones I mentioned before. Professional, funny, and visibly happy to be there. I might even add Sakis/Maria as the best of the ’00s, since they had great chemistry and a great attitude. (I’ll also shout out the hosts from 2000,… Read more »

Chriss
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Chriss

Don’t you just love that there is no drama this year? I mean last year this time we didn’t even know if Israel would host!

Joe
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Joe

Yeah, if venues and hosts are the only things really sparking debate, we’re already in a more comfortable position. Israel pulled it off in the end, but things feel like they’re going smoother already (knock on wood).
Watch: then, like, Russia will win and it’ll be chaos all over again.

Akalom
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Akalom

Don’t pretend you don’t like drama. What is esc without it?

Azaad
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Azaad

I prefer petty drama, that’s fun and ultimately not too serious.

Raoul
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Raoul

Surprise surprise, Israel is more dramatic than the Netherlands.

Saynanana
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Saynanana

* Emma_Wortelboer_screaming_when_netherlands_wins.gif*

Africavision
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Africavision

Ewout Genemans and Kim-Lian van der Meij did a pretty good job hosting JESC2012, so maybe they are also in contention to host ESC2020.

Joe
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Joe

Ooh no. I haven’t watched a ton of JESC, but those two got under my skin. Especially the guy…he was really stiff trying to make conversation with a bunch of kids who barely spoke English.

Idksmth
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Idksmth

I wouldn’t mind Emma for the Greenroom, because her annoying personality would take off the anxiety of the artists and that would be a could distraction for them and that would be better because their performances make the show. Duncan would be good because his humble personality shines through amazingly and that way he would seem as informal and not speaking a memorised text and Ilse could be too stiff because of her TV experience and possibly knowing the drill too much. I honestly don’t give a s**t about who is hosting and I don’t know Dutch TV or similar… Read more »

Vincent
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Vincent

I would love to see professionalism as the main priority. There have been instances where hosts came across as awkward. Understandably because presenting in English in front of a 200M audience is not an every day task. I think that Eva Jinek would be perfect; she has an international appearance (Czech/American parents, grew up in the US so speaks English fluently), professional, but likes to have a laugh when it is appropriate. Or Carice van Houten. To balance it out, I would like to see someone who is spontaneous, less stiff and someone who is out going who you can… Read more »

Jonas
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Jonas

I agree with everything you posted, except for appearance – their appearance is not relevant…

Vincent
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Vincent

Sorry, maybe I worded it incorrectly, but with appearance I didn’t literally mean the looks of a person :). I also mean the attitude, the way someone transfers the message, the way someone speaks (insecure or very confident). There is for example (as far I can remember) a strong difference between Petra and the hosts in Baku. Petra is used to the larger shows and her humor and personality is contagious, which makes her so remember-able and popular. You could feel that she was able to own the stage and to drag you through the entire show all by herself.… Read more »

Jonas
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Jonas

Okay, sure…you mean the charisma, style and presence? I totally agree that they had none of that in 2012. Ell is possibly the worst host maybe ever. Nargiz was the best of them. None of them can compare to Petra. This year’s hosts weren’t bad and an improvement on Lisbon. I wish they didn’t always have to try to be funny – I would take gravitas over jokes always.

MyEuroVision
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MyEuroVision

I agree with what you are saying! That’s why I’m hoping for Chantal Janzen. She is a true professional, did tons of live shows and she has a very sparkly and really funny personality. Eva Jinek is a good talkshowhost, has a great American English accent, but I don’t think she is suited for presenting a huge live show where she is standing infront of 10,000 people. She has never done something like that before. And that’s my concern with all our public service presenters.

Azaad
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Azaad

I think the ideal scenario is always one sweet person who pumps up the acts and puts a smile on your face, a seasoned professional who may or may not be a serious journalist who can let loose a bit but still maintain control, and a total joker ready to always have a laugh.

I honestly think Arabella in 2015 could have been a great host if she was paired with Conchita and a more seasoned comedian. Likewise, Timur with Jamala/Ani Lorak/Verka/Zlata would have been a winning combination!

Jake
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Jake

I would like to see only 1 or 2 hosts next year, having 4 hosts just doesn’t work. Personally, I want Petra Mede to host every year, but that won’t happen. 🙁

Emi
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Emi

Petra Mede is actually 25% Dutch so fingers crossed 🙂

David F
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David F

That comment has me too excited, Emi! 😀

What do we want? Petra!
When do we want her? Every year!!

Tilo
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Tilo

What is this fetish with Petra Mede??? She is so cringy, camp and for me not funny at all.

Emi
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Emi

Too be honest Emma Wortelboer was more annoying than Madonnas Autotune…

joko
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joko

Eva Jinek and Humberto Tan, Done.

Anne
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Anne

Nice!

joko
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joko

Eva Jinek would be a really good choice, she speaks good english and has a contract with the NPO.

Jonas
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Jonas

I thought Emma was quite annoying when she gave the points this year. Her delivery was hyper and her Madonna auto-tune joke wasn’t funny and kinda mean-spirited. I don’t think I’d like her as host. I don’t want Ilse or Duncan either, as much as I love them.

TheDrMistery
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TheDrMistery

Madonna deserved this.

Ocato
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Ocato

True, but that does not mean it’s a good idea to have Emma host.

Sakis R.
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Sakis R.

The Dutch people seem to want Paul de Leeuw.

stommie
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stommie

No they don’t

muyi
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muyi

No we dont

TheDrMistery
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TheDrMistery

With Sakis as Greek spokesperson, I guess 😀

Joe
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Joe

I’m down with Sakis giving the Greek pointe (somebody’s gotta say “12 points from the Greek jury go to…Cyprus!” with some level of enthusiasm, might as well be him). But NOOOO Paul.

Anne
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Anne

Are you Kidding? Hell no!

Emma
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Emma

I love Chantal Janzen!

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

I reeeeaaally dislike her

Vilchez
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Vilchez

Not that Wortelboer c*nt please. Pick someone who speaks English.

KESC
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KESC

Marwan Kenzari please!!
Btw Happy Eid to all the Muslim members here 🙂

Azaad
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Azaad

Thank you!

KESC
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KESC

Where are you from? 🙂

Quint
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Quint

Nikkie tutorials please ?

Robert
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Robert

Max Verstappen, Doutzen Kroes, Carice van Houten & Jan Smit? Max is a stretch I know but could be fun.. otherwise Duncan or Douwe Bob.. maybe Ilse.. can’t wait

Marijn
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Marijn

Max Verstappen would have the same stiffness as some of the hosts in 2012 had.

Lisianthus
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Lisianthus

Doutzen Kroes is not a good host. She already hosted the Victoria’s Secret show one year and it was cringeworthy.

Deven O’Kearney
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Deven O’Kearney

To be honest, I’d rather Eva Jinek and Rik van de Westelaken than Emma Wortelboer. Professionalism is always better than humour that won’t resonate with the rest of Europe.