Italian broadcaster RAI revealed the hosting team for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest during their national song festival, Sanremo. Laura Pausini, Alessandro Cattelan and Mika will host the contest.
The hosting team will front both semi-finals, taking place on the 10th and 12th of May, as well as the Grand Final on the 14th of May. Learn more about the hosting team here:
Laura Pausini is one of the biggest names in the Italian music scene. In 2021, she won four Latin Grammys, a Grammy Award and a Golden Globe. She also received a historic Oscars nod for the first ever song sung entirely in Italian to be nominated. She performed Io sì (Seen) at the 93rd Academy Awards.
Speaking of her upcoming gig, Laura said,
‘I am happy that Eurovision is finally back in Italy and honoured to lead such an important event, together with my friends Mika and Ale!
Together we want to show Europe and the world our extraordinary country. For me, 2022 has started with new music and this fantastic appointment. I want to face Eurovision, a musical event par excellence in Europe and one of the most important television shows in the world, with the same energy that has accompanied me throughout my career. We are ready … and, indeed, we can’t wait!’
Alessandro Cattelan is a familiar face on Italian television, this year celebrating 20 years as a host on various shows. As the creator and host of late shows, entertainment evenings and brand new formats, Alessandro is probably best known for hosting Total Request Live, Le Iene, and The X Factor (Italy).
‘It is an honour to have been called to host Eurovision 2022, it is one of the most followed and well-known shows in the world and this year organising it in Italy represents a great opportunity and a historic event for our country.
I have known Laura Pausini and Mika for some time, we have already worked together and we have always had a lot of fun. And I’m sure it will be the same this time too.’
Mika is a Lebanese-British singer and songwriter known for his breakthrough hit, ‘Grace Kelly’. The talented artist has worked on various projects across the world, including in Italy and France. Mika joined the X Factor Italy as a judge back in 2013 and took part in the Italian television show, ‘Le Invasioni Barbariche’ in 2014. He returned as a judge for X Factor in Italy in 2020.
‘More than ever I believe in the importance of an international community, in our common values. I believe in the union of people, in breaking down the walls to celebrate our similarities as much as our differences. We can do it thanks to music, which is the most universal form of expression. Eurovision is this and so much more!
I’ve been watching it since I was a kid, the whole family would get together for the Grand Final. Once a year, more than 40 countries share the same emotions, regardless of history or the political situation: music unites them. It’s an exciting honour to be one of the masters of ceremony on these fantastic nights.’