He regularly steers intense election coverage and steadies the nation with his soothing voice and avuncular aura. And now BBC News presenter and Welsh icon Huw Edwards has made it clear he’s ready for another challenge: hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
Huw, who tucks many of us into bed at night as the presenter of the BBC’s flagship news programme at 10pm, recently weighed in on the host city debate.
He threw his weight behind a tweet that endorsed Cardiff as the best option and added that “your presenter is standing by.”
Huw is steady and authoritative, no doubt. But he’s also warm and personal, which helps explain his enduring appeal. Besides posting behind-the-scenes snaps from the newsroom, he fills his Instagram with loving posts about his mother and gorgeous Welsh locales like Llanelli Beach and Abersoch.
But our man is relatable in other ways too. In a now viral video, he famously admitted to eating a croissant during BBC election coverage. This may surprise some of you who have followed his inspiring fitness journey in recent years. The silver fox is known to box with a personal trainer in south London, helping him stay fit and trim and camera-ready.
Back in May, the 60-year-old won plaudits for opening up about his mental health, helping spark a national conversation about depression — and how it cuts across all demographics and backgrounds. He spoke frankly about being left bedridden during his most trying bouts.
Huw is not currently listed in the betting odds to present the show. They were dreamed up several weeks ago, and lean heavily on those within Eurovision and/or entertainment circles.
Graham Norton, the BBC’s Eurovision commentator since 2009, is the heavy favourite, and seems like a shoe-in for the gig.
Big Brother and Long Lost Family host Davina McCall is currently second on the odds table at Smarkets. She’s the only contender at the top of the table without an overt Eurovision connection.
Other favourites include Rylan and Mel Giedroyc, both of whom have provided semi-final commentary, and Married at First Sight: Afters host AJ Odudu, who presented the U.K. points at the most recent edition of the song contest.
Besides the 2013 edition, which was steered solely by Swedish star Petra Mede, Eurovision usually has two or three hosts, sometimes with an additional personality in the green room.
Do you think Huw’s newsreader vibes would translate well to the song contest stage? Who are you hoping to see join Graham if he does in fact seal the deal? Let us know in the comments box down below.