Eurovision stars in 'Celebrity MasterChef' around the world
We’ve taken a look behind the masks at ‘The Masked Singer’, peeked behind the chairs on ‘The Voice’, and watched from behind cameras on ‘I’m a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here!’, and now it’s time to get cooking as we take a look at the Eurovision stars who have taken part in ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ around the world.
Celebrity MasterChef Australia
Eurovision 2016 jury vote winner, overall runner-up, and titleholder of Australia’s best Eurovision result to date, Dami Im, is currently taking part in the second season of 'Celebrity MasterChef Australia'.
Competing against Olympians, athletes, comedians and actors, Dami Im is the sole singer competing on the show against some of the most recognisable names in Australia, including ‘Packed to the Rafters’ star Rebecca Gibney, and Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe.
Prior to her announcement as a competitor on the show, Dami’s Instagram stories featured pictures of her preparing delicious traditional Korean foods, which led many to speculate that she might feature on the show before she’d even been announced.
The Danish version of the international cooking franchise featured a 2014 special with duos formed from the nation’s Eurovision national final - Melodi Grand Prix - competitors.
These competitors included Anne-Cathrin Herdorf (who represented Denmark with ‘En lille melodi’ in 1987), Kirsten Siggaard (who represented the country as a member of ‘Hot Eyes’ in 1984, 1985, and 1988), Tim Schou (who was a member of ‘A Friend in London’ in 2011), and the Olsen Brothers (who won the entire contest in 2000).
Other competitors throughout the years have included Jakob Sveistrup (who competed with the song ‘Talking to You’ in 2005).
Celebrity MasterChef Ireland
Niamh Kavanagh showcased her talent on the second season of ‘Celebrity MasterChef Ireland’, proving that Eurovision wasn’t all she’s capable of winning.
The two-time Eurovision star who won the competition back in 1993 managed to beat out a group of other celebrities including television presenters, footballers, and a meteorologist.
Celebrity MasterChef (Spain)
While a less solid connection, it’s still a connection nonetheless that ‘Objetivo Eurovision 2016’ competitor Xuso Jones took part in the show's third season.
Xuso, who came second in the Spanish national final in 2016, fared less well during his time on the Spanish version of Celebrity MasterChef, where was the second person eliminated.
Also David Bustamante, finalist in 'Operación Triunfo 2001' competed in the sixth season of the franchise in Spain this year.
Sveriges Mästerkock VIP (Sweden)
Sweden’s 2019 representative John Lundvik competed in the latest Swedish edition of Celebrity MasterChef - 'Sveriges Mästerkock VIP'. John competed against the likes of actress Claudia Concha and footballer Anna Öqvist. The winner gets to donate SEK 100,000 to the charity of their choice. He finished in 3rd place.
Of course, John isn’t the only Eurovision connection to MasterChef in Sweden. 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw made a guest appearance during the 2020 season, while Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen’s younger sister Markiz Tainton, competed in 2014 and finished in 3rd place.
Celebrity MasterChef (United Kingdom)
A plethora of Eurovision stars have appeared in the original British version of Celebrity MasterChef, which has featured singers, commentators, and hosts.
Co-co and Bucks Fizz singer, and co-winner of the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Making Your Mind Up’, Cheryl Baker, competed on Celebrity MasterChef in 2012, in a season which was eventually won by actress Emma Kennedy.
Cheryl wasn’t the only Eurovision star to compete in the 2012 season, as she was also up against the United Kingdom’s 2005 entrant Javine Hylton, who sang ‘Touch My Fire’.
Blue’s Duncan James - known for taking part in celebrity reality shows - took part in Celebrity MasterChef earlier this year. Blue took part in Eurovision with the entry ‘I Can’ back in 2011.
Of course, it isn’t all singers in the British version of the show, with semi-finalist co-commentator Rylan Clark-Neal taking part in the show in 2015, host of the 1977 contest Angela Rippon took part in the 2007 edition of the show, and 1997 co-host Ulrika Jonsson competed during the Celebrity MasterChef 2017 season.
Don’t forget that you can watch Dami competing on Celebrity MasterChef Australia on Network 10 from 7.30pm on Sunday and Monday nights.