Malin Åkerman and Petra Mede to Co-Host Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Sweden
Malin Åkerman, the acclaimed star of “Watchmen,” is all set to co-host the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Sweden alongside the talented Swedish singer and comedian Petra Mede.
Expressing her anticipation and a mix of nerves, Åkerman shared, “I can’t really describe my feelings about this. I’m thrilled and a little anxious, but in a good way. I’ve always enjoyed Eurovision, so working with Petra on this amazing show is a dream come true for me. Additionally, Petra is one of the funniest women I’ve ever met.”
Petra Mede, a multifaceted talent known for her roles as a television host, comedian, and singer, has previously hosted the Eurovision Song Contest twice. Her experience includes a solo hosting stint in 2013 and a collaborative effort with Swedish pop star Måns Zelmerlöw in 2016.
Reflecting on the opportunity to host Eurovision once again, Mede expressed, “Imagine getting the chance to host Eurovision once again! It’s such an incredible honor. After hosting it by myself at first, and then with the lovely Måns Zelmerlöw by my side, I am now eager to collaborate with Malin. We don’t know each other from before, but we have met a couple of times now, and I’m already completely sold. It’s going to be a joy to work with her!”
The Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to unfold in Malmö on May 11, is the result of Swedish contestant Loreen’s triumph in the previous year’s competition in the U.K. with her song “Tattoo.” Per Eurovision tradition, the winning country earns the privilege of hosting the subsequent year’s contest. As Loreen secured victory, Sweden is now poised to provide a spectacular stage for the Eurovision Song Contest 2024.
Adding an extra layer of significance to this year’s event is the celebration of the fifty-year anniversary of ABBA’s iconic debut in the competition. ABBA, arguably Sweden’s most renowned musical export, introduced the world to their legendary track “Waterloo” through Eurovision.
The announcement of Malin Åkerman and Petra Mede as co-hosts has sparked heightened anticipation for the Eurovision extravaganza. Åkerman, known for her roles in “The Heartbreak Kid” and “Entourage,” expressed her enthusiasm for the event, describing it as a dream come true. The synergy between the two hosts promises an engaging and entertaining show for viewers.
Petra Mede, no stranger to the Eurovision stage, brings her unique blend of comedy and charm to the hosting role. Having hosted the contest previously and earned accolades for her wit and charisma, Mede’s return is eagerly anticipated by fans.
The Eurovision Song Contest is not merely a musical event; it is a cultural phenomenon that unites countries through the universal language of music. With diverse performances, elaborate staging, and the thrill of competition, Eurovision captivates audiences across the globe. The co-hosting duo of Åkerman and Mede is poised to enhance the show’s appeal, promising an unforgettable edition of Eurovision in 2024.
The choice of Malmö as the host city adds historical resonance to the event. Malmö previously hosted Eurovision in 2013, and its selection for the 2024 edition marks a return to the city’s vibrant cultural landscape.