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Jana Pelkonen presenting the Eurovision 2007 semifinal in Helsinki
|Member of the Finnish Parliament
20 April 2011
|Born||Jaana Maarit Pelkonen
27 January 1977
|Political party||National Coalition Party|
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.
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 received attention in Finland when she took part in the 2008 local elections. She was elected to Helsinki City Council with 3450 votes, the 15th highest vote total in the nation. She was also the highest ranking celebrity amongst the candidates for local councillors. She was further elected to the Finnish parliament in 2011 representing the National Coalition Party.
- "Soini jäi vain hitusen äänirohmu Sipilästä – Jaana Pelkonen äänikuningattareksi". Helsingin Sanomat. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
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