*sob* Poor Måns Zelmerlöw, no idea if he was even hoping to be the presenter for Malmö’s Eurovision Song Contest, but I certainly was. But no, the announcement was made on Monday, and Petra Mede was the lucky lady who has the responsibility of leading the show. She’s a former host of Melodifestivalen in 2009, and a famous comedian in Sweden. Hopefully that comic energy will translate well to the light-hearted contest.
It was a bit of a surprising decision to only have one host, I suppose it doesn’t matter that much, just Eurovision fans are decidedly difficult to get on board with changes to their universe. SVT are making a big point about reining in the spiralling budgets for Eurovision, which can only be a good thing – provided it’s comparably good for the viewers.
I do have faith in SVT, but they are being rather preachy with the regular press releases about how they think Eurovision should be. But if Melodifestivalen is anything to go by, I’m sure they’ll make the budget stretch in the right ways to make this a successful experiment. God knows I hope so, the Swedophiles have been dying for Sweden to win for years.
Anyway, I haven’t really kicked off my Eurovision coverage have I, apart from headlines from the show’s preparation. I will start looking at some of the national finals this weekend I think, and not a moment too soon, as Melodifestivalen kicks off on Saturday. Is it really that time already?