This post was updated at 13:45 CEST on 7 October. Scroll to the end of the post for the update. Our original article remains below.
In “Grace Kelly” Mika sings that he could be brown, he could be blue, he could be violet sky. And if Italy’s Eurovision commentator Gabriele Corsi has it right, then Mika could also be the next host of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Here’s how it went down. On Wednesday, while presenting his Radio Deejay programme, Corsi — who presents the grand final of ESC for Italy’s RAI — said: “Big success for Mika who is going to… He’s going to host Eurovision!”
The comedians Furio and Giorgio from the Trio Medusa, who were also in the studio, immediately corrected Corsi, saying: “X-Factor! What does Eurovision have to do with it?”
Corsi then suggested he’d had a slip of the lips: “Oops, maybe I missed something.”
Italians have pointed out that he did so in a joking tone. And our friends at EuroFestival News — the Italian site of reference for Eurovision — started their article with a very big caveat: “We say it immediately, it could be a joke.”
Even so, that bull has bolted from its enclosure, whipping up a storm of online chatter and speculation.
Gabriele Corsi claims Mika will host Eurovision 2022
Back in August the Cinguetterai Twitter account claimed that the British-Lebanese singer Mika, a judge on X Factor Italia, was in negotiations with Rai to host Eurovision 2022.
The same tweet also revealed that the recently departed legend Raffaella Carrà was allegedly part of an initial plan to host Eurovision with Mika.
Raffaella’s very public love affair with the contest made talk of her negotiations seem plausible. But Mika?
On several occasions, the “Love Today” singer declined offers to take part in the competition. 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. He declined the offer every time.
The same thing happened with France, where the artist spent his childhood.
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!”
It seemed inevitable that Mika’s team would issue a swift response — and they did.
On August 12 they denied the rumour to Rockol.it, firmly stating that there were no negotiations underway with Rai.
“Groundless rumors,” Mika’s team declared upon being contacted by Rockol.
Of course, we all evolve and grow and have changes of heart. Do you think Mika has changed his mind? Do you think Corsi was really joking? Could Mika’s agent have negotiated a massive fee? Let us know what you’re thinking down below.
On Thursday morning Corsi re-iterated that he was just joking on his radio programme — a day after his original comments sparked all the online chatter. This is what he said:
“Yesterday someone used the words we said and made a tweet. From there it became definite news. ‘This is who will conduct Eurovision’, the most classic Clickbait. And everyone was chasing each other to be the first to relaunch the news. Even some official sites, press organs and titled newspapers had to pick it up, chasing what was happening on social networks, without checking. […] Clearly the news is palatable, but it is not new. It is a rumour that has been going around for months that everyone knows, that everyone has reported. The question is, ‘Is it true?’ I say it’s not true.”
Mika’s management responded to the Il Messaggero newspaper: “We’ve only heard it on the radio and have been reading it since this summer, we don’t know anything else.”