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Swedish comic Petra Mede to host Eurovision

Swedish comic Petra Mede to host Eurovision

Published: 28 Jan 2013 11:29 GMT+01:00
Updated: 28 Jan 2013 11:29 GMT+01:00

TV personality Mede, 42, told assembled reporters she hoped to add a "personal touch" to proceedings, which attracted millions of viewers last year when Sweden's Loreen won the music competition with her hit song Euphoria.

Mede said she had accepted the job immediately.

"I've learned during my 42 years on the planet that saying 'yes thanks' is a lot more fun than 'no thanks'," Mede said.

"Eurovision unites people of all cultures, even if it's just for a week or two, who despite their differences come together to celebrate music," said Mede, who wore a shimmering metallic gown by Swedish designer Lars Wallin for the press conference.

Before breaking into show biz, Mede worked as a tourist guide in Stockholm's Old Town, working in Spanish. She also speaks French.

In 2009, she hosted Melodifestivalen, Sweden's televised competition to find the country's entry to the Eurovision each year. She has also hosted Sweden's national film award show, Guldbaggegalan, the Swedish equivalent to the Oscars.

Apart from having her own show, she has also participated in the political satire programme Parlamentet and currently hosts reality programme Maestro, in which Swedish celebrities learn how to become conductors.

She said she had been taking elocution lessons in English in preparation for the contest.

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12:16 January 28, 2013 by Beavis
Oh no Swedes TRYING to be funny, receipe for disaster. Remember the last fool to try this, at least Mr Wogan was there to show him up, alas not this time.
12:21 January 28, 2013 by byke
"excuse my french".
13:09 January 28, 2013 by Rishonim
She is really disturbing to look at. Almost like a drag queen but an extremely ugly version,
13:42 January 28, 2013 by Emerentia
I was so surprised and disappointed when they choose this small location in Malmö instead of a bigger newly built area in Stockholm. ESC is a great opportunity to show tourists the Stockholm in May, so why Malmö? I could believe it. The tourists will stay in Copenhagen instead, congrats Denmark... Such a missed opportunity to market Sweden to tourists.

I didn't think they could disappoint me more. But they could. They chose Petra Mede as host! I was like "Oh no, how could they?" OMG, I can't stand her, I turn of the TV when I see her, I feel embarrassed when she makes her lame jokes. It's forced and just terrible. There are so many talented Swedish TV-hosts who could have done this and the choose the least funny "comedian" there is? Why? It must be some kind of mistake.
19:06 January 28, 2013 by Hisingen
The biggest joke of all is that Sweden doesn't have any real comics or comediennes.

Poor show, don't you know?
22:08 January 28, 2013 by Iraniboy
@Hisingen

Robin is hilarious :) :) :)
07:54 January 29, 2013 by grantike
@emerentia stop crying about the choice of malmo,you could have done some research on the venues in stockholm.friends arena,and all the big venues have been booked before ESC triumph .the only availables were to be malmo .this information about venues is readily available here in the local .the organizers said why it had to be malmo.
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