While Italian broadcaster Rai will announce the host city of Eurovision 2022 at the end of August, details of the show hosts are still unknown and speculation is running rampant. And now, a new name is joining the list. The British singer Mika, well known and loved by Italian audiences, is rumoured to have been in negotiations with Rai.
The rumour was reported by Twitter account Cinguetterai. The same tweet also revealed that the recently departed legend Raffaella Carrà was allegedly part of an initial plan to host Eurovision with Mika.
Secondo voci vicine a Rai 1 tra i conduttori in lizza per l’#Eurovision2022, oltre ad Alessandro Cattelan, c’è anche Mika.
In uno dei vari progetti embrionali il cantautore avrebbe dovuto presentare l’#Eurovision con Raffaella Carrà.#ESCITA #Mika pic.twitter.com/odQ4F8V2dE
— Cinguetterai (@Cinguetterai) August 7, 2021
Mika’s staff, however, promptly denied the rumour to Rockol.it on August 12, firmly stating that there are no negotiations underway with Rai.
“Groundless rumors,” Mika’s team declared upon being contacted by Rockol.
Mika is not a fan of Eurovision
This declaration does not come as a surprise, knowing that Mika’s relationship with Eurovision has never been idyllic.
On several occasions, the artist declined offers to take part in the competition, and he also made some unflattering statements about the quality of the songs submitted to the contest.
Being born in Beirut, in 2005 he was among the eligible representatives of Lebanon in their planned debut. In the end, Aline Lahoud was chosen instead, however Lebanese television withdrew from the contest because local law prevented the Israeli performance from being broadcast.
Back in 2015, during an interview with French radio broadcaster RTL, Mika revealed that he was approached four times by the BBC to represent the UK in the contest. He declined the offer every time.
The same thing happened with France (where the artist lived during his childhood years).
In the same interview, Mika addressed his stance stating that, “most of the songs sent to the competition are shameful, they are pure s**t!”
When the interviewer asked him to bring a good song to the contest, Mika added, “I don’t know if that’s allowed. It’s not part of the game, you have to make terrible songs.”
The contest will return to Italy after 31 years, and fans all over the world are throwing around different names for a “dream team” that could finally erase the memory of the 1991 fiasco, when presenters Gigliola Cinquetti and Toto Cutugno puzzled European audience with their chaotic approach.
In recent months, the names of Amadeus (confirmed as artistic director of Sanremo 2022), Alessandro Cattelan (who will start his contract with Rai in September) and the influencer Chiara Ferragni (who could reprise the role covered by NikkieTutorials in 2021) were all mentioned as possible hosts for the 66th edition of ESC.
Who is Mika?
Born Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr, Mika is an internationally renowned pop artist and presenter, who rose to success in 2007 with the single “Grace Kelly”, topping the charts of numerous countries.
The artist is well known in Italy, and not only for his music: he was a judge of X Factor Italy from 2013 to 2015, a role that he recently resumed in the 2020 edition. Mika was the first international mentor on the Italian edition of the show.
Between 2016 and 2017, he also hosted his own variety show called “Stasera Casa Mika” on Rai 2 for two seasons. The show won the 2017 Rose d’Or Award for Entertainment.
On top of that, Mika was a special guest at Sanremo in 2017 and 2020.
The close relationship of Mika with the world of music, X Factor Italy (which is churning out many Sanremo winners, including Måneskin) and Rai, as well as the fact that he speaks English, Italian and French, would make him a perfect candidate for the role. Sadly the artist doesn’t share our enthusiasm towards Eurovision!
However, Rai is still in the very early stages of organising Eurovision 2022, so there is still time for Mika to change his mind and give Eurovision a second chance.
Would you like to see Mika among the hosts of Eurovision 2022? Who are your ideal hosts? Let us know in the comments!