The Eurovision 2022 hosts have finally and officially been confirmed, bringing to an end months of speculation within Italian media. Mika — the Lebanese-British singer and X Factor Italia judge — will present the three shows alongside Laura Pausini, among the world’s most famous Italian singers, and Alessandro Cattelan, an experienced and well-known TV host of shows including Total Request Live and X Factor Italia.
Confirmation came during Night 2 of the Sanremo Festival, which will select Italy’s singer and song for the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday evening.
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Mika will host Eurovision 2022 alongside Laura Pausini and Alessandro Cattelan
On January 24, Italian news agency Adnkronos reported that the trio had agreed to the gig of Eurovision 2022 hosts, prompting a wave of comments on our news post. A common thread running through them is that Italy has aimed high and delivered.
Rackham wrote: “I can’t say I know who the two men are, but Laura Pausini is amazing and so charismatic! I’d be very excited to see her host.
Isabella is game. “Funny thing is that Laura Pausini is actually a huge name in my country, and has been for two decades. It’d be amazing seeing her host ESC22.”
A user named Lorena notes that among Spanish fans the late Raffaella Cara was perhaps the most beloved Italian personality. Laura seems like one of the few stars bright enough to follow in her path. “I think that Laura Pausini is the favourite Italian person for the Spanish people, now that Raffaella is no longer with us. It will be great having her hosting Eurovision!”
Some fans are confused why Mika — a British-Lebanese singer — was hosting Eurovision in Italy. Vale took the time to explain. “Mika has been involved on Italian tv and the music scene for many years and he won also the European award for the best entertainment show for his own programme (award managed by EBU).”
As for Mika’s well-documented past criticisms of Eurovision, Vale writes: “It is positive that someone who critisized Eurovision in the past (for the right reasons) he has changed his opinions.”
Commenting on our Instagram post, @ahmadhalloun said: “Just FYI: Mika never bashed the contest itself, but the approach and song selections of certain countries.”
“He battled to bring Lebanon back in 2007 [and said that] is the only country he wanted to represent at the time.”
@wiwibloggs_official Confirmed! Mika, Laura Pausini and Alessandro Cattelan will welcome us to Turin in May 🇮🇹 #Eurovision #ESC2022 ♬ Grace Kelly – MIKA
In October, Mika and his team denied — for a second time in as many weeks — that he’d be hosting Eurovision.
The denial came in an interview published by the French newspaper Le Journal du dimanche, after a journalist asked Mika once again if the rumour is true.
Mike appeared to be over it. He said: “I really don’t know what you are talking about. You must have read wrongly — change your glasses!”
It was, of course, a predictable outcome given Mika’s negative opinion about Eurovision. On the most recent edition of X Factor, Mika reinforced this sentiment several times, once calling a singer’s choreography “too Eurovision-y” — in a negative way.
The “Grace Kelly” hitmaker was even worried about competitors on his team choosing Eurovision tracks — yet another sign that his opinion on the song contest has not changed since he previously told French journalists that “most of the songs sent to the competition are shameful, they are pure s**t!”
Mika is a well-known performer and personality in Italy. Besides serving as a mentor on the Italian version of X Factor, he’s also starred in the popular variety series Stasera Casa Mika. It was a critical success, winning the Rose d’Or Award for Entertainment.
Back in December, Dagospia reported that Laura — among the best-known Italian artists in the world — was a hot favourite to host. She has won pretty much every major award you can think of — including an MTV Italian Music Award, Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, and Billboard Latin Music Awards.
She broke onto the scene by winning the newcomer’s section of the 43rd Sanremo Festival in 1993 with her debut single “La solitudine”. Her 2006 album Io canto was the best-selling album of the year in Italy.
You may remember that Laura performed her Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated song “Io sì” (“Seen”) at the 2021 Oscars pre-show.
Eurovision fits in with her continued push on the international scene. As the paper reported, she’ll star in a film for Amazon later this year that she conceived herself.
“I was looking for something innovative in the scripts, but I didn’t feel the urge to tell myself. Then I realized there was one thing I wanted to share. I’ll try to tell it as honestly as possible,” she’s teased.
Back in September, Rai 1’s director Stefano Coletta confirmed that Rai was in negotiations with Alessandro Cattelan to host the contest.
“I’m talking with Alessandro Cattelan also about Eurovision. As you know at this time Rai is focused on the city. The first communicative act that Rai will shortly provide you with. Then later there will be the work on who will represent and tell us about this event, but before you ask me, I’ve been talking about it for a few months with Alessandro, because there is also some technical work needed there. It’s not only the TV code, which is functional, but also skills, and one must have experienced a bit of that international stuff, that speed of storytelling that goes beyond the local and towards the global. For me, Alessandro can really be an important value for Rai”.
Cattelan, who is hosting Da grande, is very keen on the idea of hosting Eurovision.
“Eurovision would certainly be a great opportunity that, if it happens, would mean having to thank a lot of people because it would be a concatenation of lucky events. From Maneskin’s victory, from Maneskin’s choice at Sanremo, from Maneskin’s discovery at X Factor, from Marta Donà taking them all the way there.”
Cattelan presented X Factor and his manager is Marta Donà, who previously managed the Eurovision winning band.
“I would be almost a consequence of what has happened in recent months. It would definitely be a nice opportunity because my path started in those contexts, with MTV, the big MTV awards were the closest thing to Eurovision there is.”
What do you make of Italy’s choice of hosts for Eurovision 2022? Are you excited to see Mika, Laura Pausini and Alessandro Cattelan present the contest in Turin? Lets us know in the comments below!