Eurovision 2022: Our 3 hosts invite us to the competition
The first of the next three live Eurovision shows this week will be broadcast live on Tuesday 10 May. Ahead of the first semi-final, the three hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 – Alessandro Cattelan, Laura Pausini and Mica – take the opportunity to welcome us all to Turin and into the competition.
When a job offer like hosting the Eurovision Song Contest comes up, if you’re a skilled TV presenter and think you’re ready for the job, it’s not the offer you’ll turn down. But far from being just another party, everyone has their own reasons for answering “yes” to such a rare invitation. And our three hosts in Turin are no exception.
Lura: “It’s been an intense ride, but I wanted to jump into it because it’s so exciting, and something so new to me. This is a contest that can help us keep in touch with European voices, and promote unity“.
Mica: “We have the least difficult work, compared to the artists who have to present themselves and their songs. We talk, laugh and have fun“.
Laura mentioned the allure of music, or rather the opportunity to enjoy an eclectic selection of songs from all over Europe. And that’s something Mika picked up as well, being a musician.
Mica: “Music is a tool that unites and is also something artists can use to showcase how different they are all too. It’s amazing to see all these different cultures and all these different sounds; They can all be at the same stage. Diversity is really cool and so inspiring“.
As for Laura, she agrees that she will enjoy this as a fan, as much as she will enjoy the experience as a host.
Lura: “It’s fun because it’s an opportunity for us, the audience, to learn and discover. All this through music in another language. I’m in love with this! This is life for me“.
When it comes to the TV presenting career, there is no denying that the three most experienced hosts are Alessandro Cattelan. But even he is well aware of the scale of what he has just done.
Alessandro: “In my career, I’ve mostly done two different types of TV hosting – music shows and comedy stuff. Eurovision is great. The MTV stages were big, the X Factor stage is huge – but this one is bigger. Bigger than anything I’ve ever done before“.
Regardless of the difference in experience, Alessandro and his colleagues see themselves at the same level of ability to embark on the task of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest. This is largely due to their approach to it, and how that approach relates to the very core of Eurovision.
Alessandro: “The three of us share the same values - we love to enjoy what we do. We love Eurovision. We all also share Eurovision values, so it’s good to be here and do something like this“.
Their love of competition is definitely something that unites the three talents. Mika, in particular, has watched his development over the years and is excited to take part in Eurovision in the place where the competition now finds itself.
Mica: “I’ve watched Eurovision my whole life and I think it’s a great show. It’s great to have all these artists from all over Europe come to one competition. I think in the last five years in particular, there has been a tremendous effort by EBU to make the exhibition more relevant; without losing anything about it. Production values have been fully raised. It’s amazing to see the impact it’s having these days. I love him and I’m really happy to be here“.
You can also join our three hosts in their ultimate element. Tune in to the semi-finals and grand finals of the Eurovision Song Contest on May 10, 12 and 14.