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
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.