Jaana Pelkonen

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Jaana Pelkonen
ESC 2007 - Jaana Pelkonen presenting the semifinal.jpg
Jaana Pelkonen presenting the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 semifinal in the Hartwall Arena.
Member of the Finnish Parliament
for Helsinki
Assumed office
20 April 2011 (20 April 2011)
Personal details
Born Jaana Maarit Pelkonen
(1977-01-27) 27 January 1977 (age 38)
Finland Lahti, Finland
Political party National Coalition Party
Occupation politician

Jaana Pelkonen (b. 27 January 1977 in Lahti, Finland) is a Finnish member of parliament and former television hostess.


Pelkonen's media career started as a radio presenter for Radio 99 in Lahti in 1995–1997. She became famous in Finland as the host of the video gaming show Tilt in 1997–2005 and the youth program Jyrki in 1998. In 2001–2002 she hosted an entertainment travel show called FarOut. She has also hosted the Finnish qualifications of the Eurovision Song Contest for five years. On 12 May 2007 Pelkonen hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 together with Mikko Leppilampi.She also gave the Finnish votes in the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008 held in Glasgow, Scotland which was the second ever Dance Contest.

However, that is not all she does. She earned her Master’s Degree in Political Science from Helsinki University in 2007, and she is currently working as an assistant for the Finnish Minister of Communications Suvi Lindén.

Pelkonen was also a lot in the news, when she took part in the Finnish local elections in 2008. She was elected to Helsinki City Council by 3450 votes, which is the 15th highest number of votes in the whole country. She was also the highest ranking celebrity amongst the candidates for local councillors. She was also elected as a member of Finnish parliament in elections 2011 representing the National Coalition Party.

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Preceded by
Greece Sakis Rouvas & Maria Menounos
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Mikko Leppilampi)
Succeeded by
Serbia Jovana Janković & Željko Joksimović