Monday, January 28, 2013

Petra Mede to host Eurovision 2013

So the waiting is finally over.  This morning the host - or should that be hostess - of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest was revealed.  Drum's Petra Mede!

Who's Petra Mede?  If you're a Melodifestivalen fan then she will be a very familiar face, as she hosted the contest in 2009.  She's a 42 year old Swedish comedienne who has appeared on a number of TV shows and hosted her own comedy chat show.  

IMHO,  I'm a bit disappointed as I was hoping for Sarah Dawn Finer and Måns Zelmerlöw to present the contest, however I'm willing to give Petra a chance.  It will also be interesting to go back to the days of just one presenter.  There's a whole generation of people out there who always associate Eurovision with 2 or 3 presenters, but believe it or not, there once was a time when one presenter was enough.  It wouldn't be the first time that Sweden tried a more 'offbeat' presenter, so could we expect a crazier 21st century version of Lill Lindfors?  She has a tendency to be 'outrageous' so I just wonder what the viewers of Europe and beyond will make of her offbeat, bonkers style?  Will her own individual presentation style translate beyond Swedish borders? We'll have to wait till May for the answer.  

Here's Petra pictured at today's press conference (picture courtesy of SVT)

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