The sequins are set to fly this year at the Eurovision Song Contest, with SBS appointing two new hellraisers to host the Aussie broadcast of this year’s festivities, after Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang announced they wouldn’t return for hosting duties in 2017.
Radio host and national treasure Myf Warhurst will partner up with acid-tongued prince and stand-up LOLman Joel Creasey to bring you all of the finals action from Ukraine during SBS‘s official Eurovision coverage, spanning 12th — 14th May.
As well as flying the flag for ‘Straya and cheering on Down Under’s official champion, 17-year-old Isaiah Firebrace, the dynamic duo have promised to dive dancing shoes-first into “the wonderful, and the more wacky parts” of the musical Olympiad from behind the scenes.
“I truly fell in love with Eurovision back in 1998 when Guildo Horn performed a sweaty bell solo mid song for Germany, and from there, it was love at first sight. I’ve hosted Eurovision parties ever since,” says Myf.
“It was an honour to be a member of the Aussie voting jury last year, but now, getting into the arena and actually hosting the glittery Olympics of music…. It’s an absolute dream gig for me. I’m still pinching myself!”
While Joel adds: “I couldn’t be more ready to accept the job of Eurovision host, and give Aussies an all-access pass that I think we truly deserve as gatecrashers. I’ve started studying up on this years’ acts and am going to need to map out my plan of dressing rooms to sneak into backstage – I’ve got my eye on the Swedish backup dancers and Romanian rap yodelers at this point.”
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid also reckons the longtime lounge-room fans and first-time attendees are the perfect choice, saying: “Australians have embraced Eurovision since SBS’s first broadcast more than 30 years ago and as a nation, we feel incredible warmth and admiration for the countries, their cultures, the contest, and what it represents.
“Already loved by Australian audiences, Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst perfectly capture this spirit, and we’re thrilled to welcome them as SBS’s new Eurovision hosts.”
Meanwhile, ICYMI: Australia is set to have two entrants in the 2017 competition (sort of), with The Voice Australia winner Anja Nissen having already been selected to represent her home country of Denmark.
Catch SBS‘s official video announcing their two fresh hosts, below.