During the two weeks leading up to Eurovision 2021, press and fans will be eagerly reviewing all the press conferences and backstage info from the contest. Now, Dutch host broadcasters AVROTROS, NOS and NPO have announced the names of the four online hosts who are set to guide people through all of this. Koos van Plateringen, Hila Noorzai, Samya Hafsaoui and Rutger Vink will lead the press conferences and also present an online series taking fans backstage.
What will the Eurovision 2021 online hosts do?
Koos, Hila and Samya will moderate all 83 press conferences as Press Conference Hosts, staring on 8 May. All of the 39 participating acts of Eurovision 2021 will have two press conferences, one following each of their rehearsals on the Rotterdam Ahoy arena stage.
There will also be press conferences following each semi-final with those acts who have qualified, and a winner’s press conference after the grand final. In addition, there are usually a couple of other press conferences with members of the EBU and the organisers of Junior Eurovision set to be held later this year.
All of these press conferences will be available for the 500 on-site journalists and the 1,000 journalists that are set to work remotely and have access to the online press centre.
Next to leading the conferences, Koos, Hila and Samya will present a daily show called News Updates. This will be made available through the online press centre and will tell the press what is happening each day around the contest.
However, organisers haven’t forgotten about those who don’t have access to the online press centre. Samya and Rutger will present an online series called All Access, which will give fans a unique backstage experience. This consists of seven episodes that will be uploaded to the AVROTROS YouTube channel every other day between 10 and 23 May.
Adding to that, Samya and Hila will also host a daily show titled Eurovision Newsflash. This will keep fans informed about all the latest news surrounding this year’s contest. Eurovision Newsflash will also premiere on the AVROTROS YouTube channel, starting from 8 May.
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Who are the online hosts of Eurovision 2021?
Koos van Plateringen
Since 2009, Koos van Plateringen has been the face of Eurovision on Dutch commercial television channel SBS6. Over the years he has attended numerous editions of Eurovision, giving his expertise on TV programme Shownieuws. Speaking to AVROTROS, Koos said: “I find it fantastic to be part of the hosting process this year. We will make it an unforgettable contest.”.
Hila Noorzai started her career as a DJ on commercial station Qmusic. However, she has recently switched from the radio to television, making her debut as a presenter on AVROTROS’s news programme EenVandaag. Talking about her new Eurovision role, she told AVROTROS: “I have not left my love for music in the radio studio, therefore, I cannot wait to start backstage at Eurovision.”
Samya Hafsaoui has become known in the Netherlands for her numerous interviews with big stars such as Billie Eilish and Lizzo. Thus, moving from music journalism to press conference hosting at the biggest music event in the world is a logical step for her. She says to AVROTROS: “Eurovision is the Champion’s League of music journalism. I feel that all those hours of studying English and all these years of watching, writing and of course listening a lot will melt together perfectly. This year will be unique and to be a small part of this really feels like a peak.”
Rutger Vink has been close to the contest for many years. On his popular YouTube channel Furtjuh, he has parodied Eurovision music videos with great love and pride as early as 2012, when the contest was not as popular on Dutch soil. Talking to AVROTROS, the Eurovision lover declared: “The fact that I am now a part of the contest myself is a great honour and I am especially looking forward to it!”
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Photo credits: @anneclairephotography (Hila), Bete van Meeuwen (Samya), Saskia Beek (Koos)