QUIRKY MIS­SION

TV and ra­dio per­son­al­ity Myf Warhurst ad­mits she has big shoes to fill in Kiev as one of the hosts of SBS’s cov­er­age of Euro­vi­sion

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - LOUISE RICHARD­SON

Aheart-stir­ring power bal­lad, mul­ti­ple key changes and over­the-top set de­sign are the key in­gre­di­ents needed for a suc­cess­ful Euro­vi­sion bid if you ask Myf Warhurst.

“When all fails, just add a but­ter churner or a Rus­sian babushka ... or get a nude guy with a wolf,” she says.

The Aussie TV and ra­dio icon should know – she has spent decades work­ing in the mu­sic in­dus­try and is a diehard fan of the Euro­pean singing con­test.

But this year she is jet­ting off to Kiev, Ukraine, to host the SBS cov­er­age of the event with Joel Creasey – a job that’s been shared by Ju­lia Zemiro and Sam Pang for the past seven years.

“It’s a dream gig. It’s some­thing I’ve watched all my life and some­thing I’ve al­ways se­cretly wanted to do,” Myf says. “I’m con­fi­dent I’ve got this but also still a bit ner­vous be­cause I don’t want to muck it up and Ju­lia and Sam did such a great job. They’re big shoes to fill for me.”

Warhurst was on the Aus­tralian judg­ing panel last year, which gave her a fresh per­spec­tive on the event.

“It kind of al­lowed me to bring that crit­i­cal mu­sic ear to it in a way and try to work out what makes a song great for Euro­vi­sion and what works and what doesn’t. I loved it,” she says.

That knowl­edge leads Warhurst to believe Aus­tralia’s con­tes­tant, Isa­iah Fire­brace, has what it takes to earn the cov­eted Euro­vi­sion ti­tle with his song Don’t Come Easy after “we were robbed” last year when Dami Im came sec­ond. “I reckon he’s got the goods,” she says.

“He’s young but he’s just got this beau­ti­ful old-soul voice. I have all my fin­gers and toes crossed.”

Aside from fol­low­ing the Aussie con­tender, Warhurst says she is ex­cited to take in the quirky per­for­mances the song con­test is fa­mous for.

“Euro­vi­sion is ev­ery­thing I know about mu­sic ramped up to about an 11,” she says.

“If some­one’s wear­ing a se­quined top in a song, as­sume that it’s an en­tire se­quined set on Euro­vi­sion. It’s kind of what I love about it.”

Her picks this year in­clude a yo­delling-rap fu­sion song from Ro­ma­nia and a danc­ing go­rilla who stars in Italy’s per­for­mance. Euro­vi­sion, to­mor­row, Satur­day and the grand fi­nal on Sun­day night at 7.30pm, on SBS

Isa­iah Fire­brace (cen­tre) with SBS Euro­vi­sion hosts Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey.

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