After the recent news that Sam Pang and Julia Zemiro will not be hosting the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest for SBS, Australian fans are still in disbelief, and for good reason. Our columnist Joshua Mayne will now look ahead: Who could host the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest for Australia?
Pang and Zemiro have provided in-depth, entertaining and knowledgeable commentary on-site at the largest song contest in the world since 2009. In my short life, I’ve only known of a Eurovision Song Contest broadcasted by this hosting duo. They’ve been integral to the show’s success in Australia. Sam’s humour combined with Julia’s knowledge and passion was a match made in heaven. As hosts, they will both be missed.
Nevertheless, this is a change that we have to accept, and that we should embrace. The new Australian commentators in Ukraine might offer analysis, entertainment and a style that we’ve never seen before. So, who could host for SBS in 2017? Here are a few of my predictions…
An Australian music writer and producer, Warhurst is extraordinarily qualified. Last year, she was a member of the Australian jury in Stockholm. This knowledge, along with previous regular appearances on the Australian music show ‘Spicks and Specks’, makes her a more than suitable candidate for this role. Australian Eurovision fans would probably also appreciate her bubbly personality.
In terms of hosting experience, Sebastian may not measure up with some other candidates for this position. However, his status, personality and unique understanding of the song contest would make him an ideal host in Kiev. After winning Australian Idol in 2003, Guy Sebastian has established himself as a prominent figure in the Australian music scene. He of course even represented Australia at Eurovision in 2015, finishing in 5th position. He knows what it’s like to compete on the biggest stage and would definitely improver viewing figures for SBS, simply because of his status.
Also a member of the 2016 Australian Eurovision jury, James Mathison is a well-known and respected veteran of the music television industry down under. His past experience includes co-hosting Australian Idol (2003-2009), presenting a radio show on Nova 96.9 and also hosting the ARIA Music Awards (2005 & 2006). Mathison’s familiarity and involvement in hosting music shows sets him apart from others. It also provides him with the skills to host the Eurovision Song Contest.