Lise Rønne, Nikolaj Koppel, and Pilou Asbæk to host Eurovision 2014
And the hosts are announced!
Today at the Odd Fellow Mansion in Copenhagen, DR announced that TV-host Lise Rønne, journalist Nikolaj Koppel, and actor Pilou Asbæk will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
After we saw a single host last year in Sweden with Petra Mede, DR has chosen to go back to the three host format. Head of Show Jan Lagermand Lundme joked that “the Swedes used one, and we have to do it better.” Like the allocation draw, the event was hosted by Tine Gøtzsche and Ulla Essendrop.
According to the Head of Show, the three represent the classic (Nikolaj), the empathic (Lise), and the surprising (Pilou) host.
Most widely known in Denmark for hosting four editions of the Danish X Factor, Lise has also hosted the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix selection show twice, in 2011 and 2013. She has worked at DR for years, being a journalist for several news shows. One of the most obvious choices, she has been at the top of the media speculation for months.
“I have to admit it’s a dream job. It’s with awe and excitement that we now go to work. My foremost task will be to try to create a safe harbor of presence and calm in the middle of all the massive going on. But with that being said, we of course also have to create a party for everyone watching,” said Lise to dr.dk.
A classically trained pianist, Nikolaj chose a career change to become a journalist. He became widely known to the Danish public in 2009 when he was a judge on Talent ’09, the Danish version of America’s Got Talent. Later he got more hosting experience hosting the DR evening show Aftenshowet, while having also hosted several charity events.
“You can’t compare much to hosting Eurovision. It’s in a different league. I will do my best to make all corners of Europe and the world feel safe and welcome at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014,” said Nikolaj to dr.dk.
The biggest surprise in the host trio is award winning actor Pilou Asbæk, who was named a “shooting star” at the Berlin Film Festival in 2011. He is known several European countries for his role in the DR drama “Borgen.”
“When I got offered the job, I had no doubts. I had to do this. But when I think of the work ahead, I get a little nervous. I will do anything in my power to become a good Eurovision host. I think it’s going to be the most insane experience and a party that everyone is invited to,” said Pilou to dr.dk.
Video shown at the event
Head of Show Jan Lagermand Lundme and Executive Producer Pernille Gaardbo talk about choosing the hosts.