After eight years of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest for Australian broadcaster SBS, Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang are bidding farewell to the contest. The much loved duo began hosting in 2009 in Russia, and have been on location each year to provide commentary and special features for the Australian broadcast of the contest. Audiences tuned in to enjoy their humour and admiration for the contest, and they were instrumental in building the popularity of the contest in Australia, to the point that they were able to see Australia join the competition in 2015 and 2016.
The new hosts have now been announced by SBS, and it will be Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey! SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said, ‘Australians have embraced Eurovision since SBS’s first broadcast more than 30 years ago and as a nation, we feel incredible warmth and admiration for the countries, their cultures, the contest, and what it represents. Already loved by Australian audiences, Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst perfectly capture this spirit, and we’re thrilled to welcome them as SBS’s new Eurovision hosts.’
Meet our Hosts!
Myf Warhurst is an Australian radio announcer and TV personality who has had a long career on Triple J and on ABC’s long running television program Spicks and Specks. Last year, she was a part of the Eurovision Australian Jury. She has commented on her new role, saying, ‘I truly fell in love with Eurovision back in 1998 when Guildo Horn performed a sweaty bell solo mid song for Germany, and from there, it was love at first sight. I’ve hosted Eurovision parties ever since. It was an honour to be a member of the Aussie voting jury last year, but now, getting into the arena and actually hosting the glittery Olympics of music…. It’s an absolute dream gig for me. I’m still pinching myself!’
Joel Creasey is an Australian actor and comedian, who has performed at a number of international comedy festivals. Over his career, he has also created a television profile after appearing on shows such as The Project, Studio 10, and he even made an appearance in the jungle as part of the show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here. Joel has also talked about his new gig, saying, ‘I couldn’t be more ready to accept the job of Eurovision host, and give Aussies an all-access pass that I think we truly deserve as gatecrashers. I’ve started studying up on this years’ acts and am going to need to map out my plan of dressing rooms to sneak into backstage – I’ve got my eye on the Swedish backup dancers and Romanian rap yodelers at this point.’
Watch their introduction video together, and make sure to tell us what you think of the new duo!