Australia: Zemiro and Pang bid farewell as Eurovision hosts

In a shock announcement, SBS Australia has revealed that Sam Pang and Julia Zemiro will not host the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev. Pang and Zemiro were always well received as hosts in Australia, anchoring the program for the past eight years.

In a statement released on the SBS website, Zemiro said “Eight amazing years hosting Eurovision; what a wonderful and hilarious ride. Growing up in a French household in Bondi Junction, I fell in love with this amazing contest ever since Abba won the competition. The languages, the characters, the songs and the sequins have always held a warm place in my heart.”

As a hosting duo, their presence only increased when Australia competed in the competition in 2015, with an estimated 4.1 million viewers tuning in across all three finals to witness Guy Sebastian finish in 5th position.

Thank you for everything Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang!

“I’d like to thank SBS for the opportunity to explore the world and share that experience with all those back home but there are only so many sequins, burning pianos, power ballads and singing Russian grannies one man can celebrate in a career, and the time has come for me to pass that privilege on to a new team,” Sam Pang said.

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Sam Pang also said in an SBS statement that “I’d like to thank SBS for the opportunity to explore the world and share that experience with all those back home but there are only so many sequins, burning pianos, power ballads and singing Russian grannies one man can celebrate in a career, and the time has come for me to pass that privilege on to a new team.”

Australia reveals their artist for the upcoming competition in Kiev on March 7th, but fans will also be wondering who the next hosts for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest may be…

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