Speaking in the latest episode of the The Euro Trip podcast, Eldar Gasimov, host of Eurovision 2012, has revealed he told eventual winner Loreen that he hoped Sweden would triumph in that year’s contest.
The host, who won the previous year’s edition in Dusseldorf alongside fellow singer Nigar Jamal, was one of three presenters the following year with the competition held in Baku’s Crystal Hall.
Discussing preparations for the contest that year, Eldar went into detail about a meeting with the Swedish singer the night before the Grand Final.
“The day before the show I went to her dressing room because we had the same hairdresser… she [Loreen] was sitting there, and I said “I hope you win.””
“The night after one of the organisers came to me and said “I know you want Loreen to win. I know how excited you are about that moment. You shouldn’t show you are so happy, or sad that someone else is winning.””
With no experience of presenting at the time of Eurovision 2012, Eldar also explained how he was apprehensive about taking on the role.
“When I was told they [the organisers] want to see me as a presenter, I’d never done this before. The organisers told me how it was going to work… I was like, I always want to do something new.”
“[In] 2012 I was more nervous, when I sing I lose myself, I get deep into music. But hosting, it took me [a long time] to know it all by heart. I was nervous, and I was like… three and a half hours live, talking, I don’t know, but I loved it.”
About The Euro Trip
The Euro Trip is a podcast available on Acast, Apple Podcasts and Spotify with Rob Lilley and James Rowe bringing you a weekly show featuring big guests and fun games from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Brought to you by Eurovoix, every Wednesday Rob and James will be bringing you interviews with some of the biggest names from the contest, finding out what makes them tick and giving us their memories of performing on the Eurovision stage.
Games will also keep the listeners entertained with the European Quiz and the One Second Song featuring in the weekly show. In addition they’ll also bring you the very latest news.
Hosts Rob and James have been fans of the contest for well over a decade, with Rob having been the presenter of Eurovoix’s Eurojury for the past five years and James having produced the last two editions.
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