Over the past weeks we have been searching for your favourite presenters of the Eurovision Song Contest from over the decades. Lill Lindfors (1985) was voted your favourite presenter from the 1980s whilst Terry Wogan and Ulrika Jonsson were voted your favourites from the 1990s. Jaana Pelkonen and Mikko Leppilampi were your choice of presenters from the noughties and we can now reveal that your favourites between 2010-2016 are Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede!
Måns and Petra joined forces to present the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest live from Stockholm's Globe Arena and have gone on to be firm favourites. The pair won our public vote on Eurovision.tv and on the official Eurovision Song Contest Facebook page by a landslide. Petra was touched to have been voted as the favourite presenter from recent years; "I am simply in love with the Eurovision Song Contest and all its fans. To have had the honour to present the show twice is more than I could ever have dreamed of. There are so many memories but if I had to choose a single one I guess it has to be when I heard an audience of 15,000 people shouting "Petra, Petra, Petra” in the Globe Arena in 2016", she said. In typical Petra-style, she ended with a joke; "Finally my ego was satisfied!"
Petra is of course no stranger to the world of Eurovision having hosted Sweden's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen, in 2009 and presented the Eurovision Song Contest solo in Malmö in 2013. She also presented Eurovision's Greatest Hits, a concert celebrating 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest, alongside UK commentator Graham Norton.
Måns Zelmerlöw first participated in Melodifestivalen in 2007 and again in 2009. Alongside singing, Måns is also an accomplished TV presenter in Sweden. He struck lucky when he participated in Melodifestivalen for a third time in 2015 with Heroes, which took the Eurovision Song Contest by storm and brought the competition back to Sweden for the second time in three years. Check out the highlights from Måns and Petra below:
The script and the intervals for the live shows was written by Edward af Sillén alongside his writing partner Daniel Réhn. Edward also directed Måns and Petra and he was by their side during the live broadcasts in Stockholm. Fans of Melodifestivalen, may also recognise Edward's voice as the man who introduces each of the entries. Find out more about Edward's work in Stockholm in our special feature on scriptwriting.
Måns and Petra managed to successfully balance humour and seriousness during the live shows in Stockholm. The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest took place amidst a refugee crisis, one of the biggest humanitarian challenges the continent has seen since the end of World War II. Petra acknowledged the situation when she introduced the interval for Semi-Final 1, The Grey People. On-air Måns made reference to Bulgaria's entry, If Love Was A Crime, highlighting that in many parts of the world love still is a crime. Måns and Petra will be remembered best for their humour, on-stage banter and of course their popular performance of Love, Love, Peace, Peace during the Grand Final!
Your favourite presenters from the decades
Congratulations to all our winners. Thank you to the presenters who provided quotes for this series and thank you to everyone who voted in the competition. If you have ideas for a future contest or feature let us know in the comments below!
Note from the editor: This story mistakenly referred to the 2016 interval act as Peace, Peace, Love, Love. The correct title is Love, Love, Peace, Peace.