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Mika to host Eurovision 2022

Mika to host Eurovision 2022
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Mika is named as one of the three hosts for this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Italy.

Mika has been named as one of the three hosts for this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

Italy will stage this year's event in Turin after rock band Maneskin's triumph last year, with the final taking place on May 14 - preceded by the semi-finals on May 10 and May 12.

Mika - known for songs including 'Grace Kelly' - is a familiar face to TV audiences in Italy, appearing as a judge on local versions of The X Factor and The Voice.

The X Factor Italia's host, Alessandro Cattelan, will also be part of the presenting trio, which is completed by Grammy and Golden Globe winner Laura Pausini.

"More than ever I believe in the importance of an international community, in our common values," Mika told the Eurovision website.

"I believe in the union of people, in breaking down the walls to celebrate our similarities as much as our differences. We can do it thanks to music, which is the most universal form of expression. Eurovision is this and so much more!"

He added: "Once a year, more than 40 countries share the same emotions, regardless of history or the political situation: music unites them. It's an exciting honour to be one of the masters of ceremony on these fantastic nights."

All 39 countries who participated in Eurovision 2021 will compete again this year, in addition to Armenia and Montenegro.

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