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  • Writer's pictureJohn Christian

Who has hosted Eurovision the most times?

Petra Mede was announced as one of this year's hosts, which will take her up to three Contests presenting.

So where does that rank her on the all-time list?

Let's take a look at the three people who have the Eurovision Song Contest the most times.

Katie Boyle - 4 times

1960, 1963, 1968, 1974

Katie Boyle hosted the Eurovision Song Contest on four occasions.

Three in London for much of the 1960s (1960, 1963, and 1968), and in Brighton in 1974.

One of the most exciting Eurovision Song Contests that she hosted was her third in 1968 when France took the lead in the early stages before the United Kingdom led until the German jury which saw Spain overtook it by one point.

Born to an Italian marquis on May 29, 1926, she was a regular on the BBC across many shows. Besides Eurovision, she also hosted 'A Song for Europe 1961', the pre-selection for the United Kingdom at the time.

She was always a fan favourite and appeared as a special guest at Eurovision Song Contest 1998 held in Birmingham

Outside of her storied television career, she wrote four books and was a committee member of Battersea Dogs Home for more than 25 years, before ultimately passing away peacefully on March 20, 2018.

Petra Mede - 3 times

2013, 2016, 2024

Before hosting the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 2013, she was involved in Sweden's Melodifestivalen.

She announced her points for the Sundsvall jury in the 2008 Melodifestivalen and then hosted the 2009 grand final. In that same year, she was voted as Sweden’s best female comedian and would have her program on TV3 in 2010.

In 2013, she became the first solo presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest since 1995 and the first solo presenter to have semi-finals. Her hosting was widely acclaimed by critics and fans across Europe and the world.

In 2015, she co-hosted with future Eurovision presenter Graham Norton for 'Eurovision’s Greatest Hits', a special commemorating the contest’s 60th anniversary in London.

In 2016, she teamed up with 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw to host her second Eurovision Song Contest.

In Stockholm, the duo performed the 'Love, Love, Peace, Peace' interval act which became one of the highlights of the event.

She will host the 2024 event with Malin Åkerman.

Jacqueline Joubert - 2 times


Mme. Joubert was born in Paris on March 29, 1921 and after the Second World War, she, along with Arlette Accart, was one of the first two in-vision continuity announcers when television itself began its broadcasting in France.

She entered a competition for public television in 1949. For having been able to perfectly pronounce the names of people such as Sergei Rachmaninoff and Nebuchadnezzar, she was hired on May 3, 1949 and presented the programs for the first time on May 25, 1949.

She hosted the Eurovision Song Contest twice, both held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes in 1959 and 1961, the years in which she saw the first participation of Monaco, Finland, Spain, and Yugoslavia.

She received numerous honours for her contribution to the French television industry, including the Best Producer of the Year award in 1964 and the French Television Award in 1970, before deciding to retire in 2001. She passed away in Neuilly-sur-Seine on January 8, 2005.

So, could Sweden win and give Petra a chance to equal the record of Katie Boyle? We'll find out in May.

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