Petra Mede announced as sole Malmö host

Yesterday it was announced that Petra Mede will be the sole host for this year’s competition in Malmö.

Since 2009 there have been up to four presenters at the contest, but for the first time since Mary Kennedy for Ireland in 1995, a single presenter has been chosen. Mede is a Swedish comic (specialising in political satire) but not quite a stranger to Eurovision either, having hosted Melodifestivalen in 2009, the Swedish national selection competition for their Eurovision entrant.

“I’ve learned during my 42 years on the planet that saying ‘yes thanks’ is a lot more fun than ‘no thanks’,” says the quippy comedian who has been has been taking English elocution lessons in preparation for the final.

Hosts in the past have ranged from Natalia Vodianova (2009), Ulrika Jonsson and oldtime Eurovision favourite Terry Wogan (both 1998).

Here’s a bizarre clip where she introduces herself, whilst being sewn into a very glittery dress: