Sweden’s Eurovision hosts put on the best musical theatre style opening ever

Petra Mede and Mans Zelmerlow deserve douze points for the spectacular opening number


Ah Eurovision hosts. They normally live to haunt our dreams with their dodgy jokes and seemingly boundless enthusiasm but every now and again they do something truly spectacular.


Just take 2014 host, Borgen turned Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbaek for example.

What a man.

When we first heard that Petra Mede – the Swedish comedian and actress who hosted the contest solo in 2013 – was coming back to host this year’s Song Contest in Stockholm we were delighted. We were less enthusiastic, however, about the fact that she’d have a co-host, Eurovision’s reigning Swedish champion Mans Zelmerlow.

During the first semi-final we didn’t find much to inspire hope that Mans and Petra were the perfect duo, but then at the top of the second show, something amazing happened.

Mans and Petra did a musical theatre style number to explain Eurovision, and it reminded us why no matter how many competition wins Ireland has under its belt (I can say that, OK, I’m Irish), the Swedes really are the undisputed kings and queens of the Song Contest.

To think, that was just the semi-final. We can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us on Saturday night.


The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final will air on BBC1 and BBC Radio 2 on Saturday 14th May from 8pm