Koppel, Asbæk, Rønne to host Eurovision 2014

Koppel, Asbæk, Rønne to host Eurovision 2014
Lise Rønne, Nikolaj Koppel and Pilou Asbæk will welcome Europe. Photo Michael Søndergaard/DR
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Fans across Europe have held their breath – now, finally the hosts of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will be announced. The Host Brodcaster, DR is happy to reveal that hosts of this year's show will be Nikolaj Koppel, Pilou Asbæk and Lise Rønne.

They will greet viewers with "Good Evening Europe" and will lead Europe through three spectacular shows, when the Eurovision Song Contest is held at the B&W Arena in Copenhagen on the 6th, 8th and 10th of May. The press conference to announce the hosts was held in the historic Odd Fellow Mansion in central Copenhagen today.

Pernille Gaardbo, Executive Producer of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest comments: "I am very happy to announce our decision. It is – in itself – a huge task to be the host of a live TV-show, but the Eurovision Song Contest is the world's largest music competition, and that puts exceptional demands on the hosts. The hosts need to keep their cool, be professional to the highest degree, and appeal to the whole world. I am confident that Nikolaj, Pilou and Lise will fill this role completely and that Europeans will feel the enthusiasm and warmth that we are trying to make part of the show."

Jan Lagermand Lundme, Head of Show for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, continues: "I am thrilled with our host team of Nikolaj, Pilou and Lise – they are a huge addition to the shows. They each bring – in their own unique way – a lot of charm and very high qualifications to the role, and I am sure they will handle the job to perfection. It is a match made in heaven for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest."

In a league of its own

Nikolaj Koppel and Lise Rønne are both hosts employed by DR. They bring significant experience from large TV-productions in prime time, and can draw on their background from many other hosting roles. Despite this, they both agree that the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest is in a league of its own.

Nikolaj Koppel says: "You can't really compare being the host of the Eurovision Song Contest with much else. It is a task in a league of its own. I will do my utmost to reach out to every corner of Europe and the world, so everyone can enjoy and feel welcome at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest."

Lise Rønne continues: "This is something of a dream job for me – I am both excited and a little daunted by the task ahead, but I can't wait to get started. I see my role as trying to create a sense of calm and closeness in the middle of a giant show. When all that is said, I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to the party!"

A challenge and an honour

Pilou Asbæk will have his debut as a TV-host for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. Although he is a new TV-host, he comes to the job with great experience as an actor – including as the star of DR's political drama series, Borgen, which has been shown in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Pilou Asbæk comments: "When I was offered the job as host, I didn't have any doubts whatsoever. I just had to do this. When I think about what lies ahead, I must admit that I am a little nervous – but I will do everything in my power to become a great host for the Eurovision Song Contest. I am sure that this will be a fantastic experience - and a party that everyone is invited to join!"

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  • Posted on 11 February 2014 at 17:22
    It's the first time that we will have a 3 hosts compound by 2 men and 1 woman. It'll be very interesting. Goodbye to one year break of three hosts, with Petra in Sweden.

    I hope Denmark does a great job hosting, I'm sure they will ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 February 2014 at 13:59
    I hope, they see themselves as a humble part of the game, serving a unique phenomenon that is worthy. But that actually is almost pointless considering a Danish drama that bowls me over. Since I am completely shocked, Copenhagen! From now on a grave shadow lies over this city. 20.000 compassionate souls and finally no mercy. How startling!

    Rest in peace, Marius, and relish the gifts of eternity. May you listen to the nicest sounds in artiodactyl's heaven - I guess they won't come from the place that finished you off. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 February 2014 at 13:13
    They will be great! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 February 2014 at 07:50
    I hope it will not be boring, that's the only thing that I ask ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 21:20
    Wow! I love Eurovision and I love Pilou! I saw him on Saturday at the Nordicana festival in London, and he was very funny - natural comedian - so I'm sure he'll do very well. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 20:45
    Eurovision Voting 2011 - Denmark, Lise Rønne: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBjTaRyJcps report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 20:06
    Portugal, you can watch it online right here, no restrictions and no opt-outs. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 20:03
    I just can't until may when ESC finally comes! Best of luck to every participant and organizers from Finland! :) @ http://jake.suntuubi.com/ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 19:41
    as usual it is always impossible to get tickets to the finals ... what tricks lies behind this charade? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 18:15
    Being relatively new to Eurovision (Oslo 2010 was my first), it seems to me that three hosts might just be the "new tradition," so I'm wondering if three hosts is as groundbreaking anymore as these two seem to think it is. With that said, I really enjoyed Judith, Stefan, and Anke in 2011, and I can sort of see them in the roles that were described (the professional one, the unpredictable one, and the empathic one), so if this year's hosts are anywhere near as enjoyable as Judith, Stefan, and Anke were, then I'll be happy. Good luck to the hosts. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 16:51
    it's perfect news !! I love eurovision as it :) i don't like one host as last year :/

    Good luck Denmark. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 14:59
    I think this is an amazing choice. I was initially like oh my God, three presenters and then I realised one was Kaspar Juul from Borgen! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 13:22
    Quite a surprice , especially Pilou Asbæk, who, as far as I know, have no experience as a TV-host at all. I suppose many European wievers know him from "Borgen", where he plays the young spin doctor. Perhaps he is supposed to be the funny guy? Lise Rønne and Nikolaj Koppel are both experienced hosts, very professionel and they both have a pleasant appearance.
    But why three hosts? I haven't got the faintest idea. Perhaps it's a way to make the show more entertaining. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 12:05
    Three hosts? That's quite a surprise.... Anyway I trust the hosting is in good hands... ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 11:48
    I was really hoping that TIm Schou (ex-lead singer of A Friend in London) might be given an opportunity to host the show - a Eurovision ex-participant himself, great sense of fun, good looks, excellent English and a real stage presence. I think everyone across Europe would have enjoyed his delivery and style. When he indicated that he wasn't going to be playing any concerts during Eurovision week, I thought this was a sure sign that he would have something to do with the show itself. report to the moderator