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Europe prepares for the annual splendid festival of singing and dancing, that is Eurovision, a special name has been on everyone’s lips: it is Mika, the host of the big night.

But who is he, and more importantly, what is his Eurovision credentials? We review.

Who is Mika?

Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr was born on August 18, 1983. His family moved a lot; Born in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, he later moved to Paris. It was here that he first began to learn the piano.

His family then moved to London when he was 9, where Mika attended the Royal College of Music, and later began recording his first album. The rest, as they say, is history.

What is his musical pedigree?

Mika is known for her chart-topping song Grace Kelly, which hit the air in 2007 and didn’t leave them for months afterward. In fact, the song hit the top within seven days, spent five weeks at the top of the chart, and became the third best-selling single of 2007 – while his debut album, Life in Cartoon Motion , won the BRIT award. nomination.

Italian TV presenter Alessandro Cattelan, Italian singers Laura Pausini and Mika

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But he’s not just a one-trick pony. Mika has continued to develop music ever since, creating hits like Big Girl (You Are Beautiful), Popular Songs (featuring Ariana Grande, no less) and Relax, Take It Easy.

He even recorded the theme song for the movie Kick Ass (titled Kick Ass) and his last long-running project, My Name is Michael Holbrook, returned in 2019. While There, he was busy modeling, touring and collaborating with artists on singles, as well as making his mark on a flourishing career in Italy as a judge on the country’s X Factor. this country. He also featured in the French version of The Voice. Oh, and he performed at Coachella this year.

It’s safe to say he’s been around the block, making him the perfect host for a show all about music.

What will he do at Eurovision?

Although the singer will take the stage to perform alongside Italian co-host Laura Pausini, he will also host the show with Pausini and Alessandra Cattelan. Pausini has worked as a coach on the Mexican and Spanish versions of The Voice, while Cattelan is a TV and radio host who has hosted The X Factor Italy.

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