As Mans Zelmerlow reminded us at the start of Semi Final 1, this isn’t the first Eurovision Song Contest Petra Mede has hosted. In this little article, I’m going to discover who has hosted the Contest on multiple occasions.
It wasn’t long after the Contest had begun that we had a presenter host the show twice. Jacqueline Joubert hosted the Contest in 1959 and 1961, both times in the same venue – Palais des Festivals et des Congres, Cannes.
The year after Jacqueline Joubert hosted her first Contest, Katie Boyle started her record run of four hosting duties in 1960 in the Royal Festival Hall, London. She then hosted again in 1963, 1968 and 1974 – 1974 been the Contest that ABBA took victory in Brighton.
Although Renars Kaupers has only hosted the Contest once back in the Skonto Hall, Riga in 2003, he also co-hosted the 50th Anniversary show – Congratulations. This was held in 2005, in The Forum, Copenhagen. Renars Kaupers was also the lead singer of Brainstorm when they represented Latvia in 2000.
Nadia Hasnaoui, like Renars Kaupers has only hosted the Contest once back in the Telenor Arena, Oslo in 2010. Back in 2004, she co-hosted the second edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Hakons Hall, Lillehammer.
So we come to this year’s hostess, Petra Mede. In Malmo Arena back in 2013, Petra Mede graced the Eurovision Song Contest stage for the first time as a solo host, before returning to the Globen Arena, in Stockholm this year to co-host with Mans Zelmerlow. Petra Mede also co-hosted the 60th Anniversary show – Greatest Hits. This was held in the Hammersmith Apollo, London, last year.
There are many other hosts and hostesses that have graced the stage once. But they’ve already appeared in the Contest in another form such as singer or commentator. There are so many to list here, that we may just do an article about them too, but in the meantime, if you have a favourite, why not mention them in a comment below.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland