Louise Wolff and Jacob Riising to host Danish national final
When the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2014 airs from Odense, it will be Louise Wolff and Jacob Riising who will guide the viewers through the night.
DR, the national broadcaster of Denmark, announced this today.
The female half of the host couple is no stranger to the national selection. Louise has hosted the show twice before, and also gave the Danish points in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.
Danish viewers know her as the regular host of the nightly DR talk show “Aftenshowet,” as well as being a regular go-to host for TV-events of the channel. She has hosted end of the year shows, big charity shows, and other large events.
The male half of the host couple is no stranger to the younger audience of Denmark. Jacob originally started at DR hosting a children’s radio show, and has since hosted a great deal of shows for children, particularly 4 editions of the Danish Junior Eurovision, MGP. He now graduates to the adult version.
Rasmus Ladefoged, entertainment editor at DR, is obviously pleased with the selection: “I’m extremely happy that it’s two super charming and really skilled hosts that will get to run the show in Odense,” he said to dr.dk.
Tickets are still available to the show on March 8, as well as to the rehearsal the day before.
What about the Eurovision hosts?
We are nearing the end of January, meaning the announcement of the host(s) of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is just around the corner, if DR follows SVT’s example. Last year, Petra Mede was announced on January 28. However, Ictimai TV of Azerbaijan waited until April 16, while Channel One of Russia kept the secret until May 7, just six days before the first semi-final.
Louise Wolff was one of the obvious choices, given her experience hosting TV-shows and her popularity with the Danes. She was also the bookmaker favorite. But as Dansk Melodi Grand Prix takes place on March 8, much later than previous years, she may be too preoccupied.
Other betting favorites include actress Sofie Lassen-Kahlke and TV-presenter Lise Rønne, who both hosted last years Melodi Grand Prix with Louise Wolff, and Danish-Greenlandic singer Julie Berthelsen, who also hosted a Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.
According to several Danish tabloids, actress Christiane Schaumburg-Müller has been seen at the DR headquarters, in spite of being employed at competing channel Kanal 5 at the time. Another guess is actress Sidse Babett Knudsen, known in several other European countries for playing the Danish prime minister in the drama Borgen, although she is not mentioned by bookmakers.
The odds cannot seem to agree on a male host, should there be one. But hopefully, the host or hosts will be revealed soon!
Photo courtesy: DR