Noughties pop icon Mika will be one of the hosts of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest when he takes the stage in Italy.
Alessandro Catelan and Laura Pausini will join Grace Kelly’s singer in Turin at the annual competitionwho is now 66 years old.
Mika was successful in the charts in the late decade with his album Life In Cartoon Motion, which includes huge hits such as Love Today and Lollipop and continues to judge the Italian version of X-Factor.
Alt-rockers Maneskin won last year’s competition in Rotterdam with the Zitti E Buoni track, which means that Italy will host this year’s race.
The grand final is scheduled for May 14, and until the semifinals this week.
“Introducing the hosts of #Eurovision 2022!” Tweets the official account of the Eurovision Song Contest.
“Laura Pausini, Alessandro Catelan and Mika will welcome the world to Turin on May 10, 12 and 14! Benvenuti!”
The Big Girls singer said it was an “exciting honor” to host Eurovision, adding: “I watched it as a child, the whole family will gather for the grand finale.
“Once a year, more than 40 countries share the same emotions, regardless of history or political situation: music unites them.
“It is an exciting honor for me to be one of the masters of the ceremony on these fantastic nights.”
The Lebanese-British singer will have a busy year with a planned tour of the United States and a performance at Coachella.
His co-host Pausini has been described by organizers as “perhaps the most respected Italian recording artist in the world” after winning a Grammy, a Latino Grammy and even an Oscar nomination.
Catelan is a popular TV presenter in Italy, having previously joined Mika in X-Factor.
National song selections are underway for this year’s competition, with the UK choosing to work with music management companies to select its song after winning terrible zero points last year.
Eurovision 2022: Pop icon Mika among the hosts of this year ‘s competition in Italy Ents and art news
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