Petra Mede

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Petra Mede
Petra Mede, ESC2016 01 (crop).jpg
Petra Mede at a press conference at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
Born Petra Maria Mede
(1970-03-07) 7 March 1970 (age 47)
Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation Television presenter, comedian
Years active 2005–present
Known for Hosting Melodifestivalen in 2009, 2016 and the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 and 2016
Partner(s) Mattias Günther
Children 1

Petra Maria Mede (born 7 March 1970) is a Swedish comedian, dancer, actress and television presenter.[1] She was born in Stockholm, and grew up in Gothenburg. Mede is known for her several roles in comic shows and as a television presenter. She is best known for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 and co-hosting in 2016.


In 2009 she hosted Melodifestivalen 2009, where the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 was chosen[2] and was voted Sweden's best female comedian the same year.

In May 2013 Petra hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden after Loreen's win in Baku in the previous year's competition. Her performance was widely acclaimed by TV critics and journalists around Europe and she performed an interval act during the Grand Final.[3][4] She was the first solo presenter in nearly 20 years after Mary Kennedy hosted solo in Dublin back in 1995.[5]

In 2015 Mede, along with Graham Norton, hosted the Eurovision's Greatest Hits EBU/BBC 60th anniversary concert show recorded on 31 March at the Eventim Apollo, in Hammersmith, London and broadcast in 27 countries.[6] Once again, her performance was highly acclaimed by the British Press along with fans of the Contest.[7]

In 2016, Mede was the co-host the first semi-final of the Swedish Melodifestivalen 2016 with Gina Dirawi at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg.[8]

On 14 December 2015, SVT announced in a press conference that Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw would co-host the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.[9] It was Mede's second time hosting the contest, joining Katie Boyle and Jacqueline Joubert as the only people to host the contest more than once.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Mede speaks Swedish, English, Spanish, Italian and French.[10] Together with her partner Mattias Günther, she has a daughter born in 2012.[11] However in 2015, it was confirmed that her and Günther had split.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Stockholm Live Presenter
2007–2008 Extra! Extra!
2007–2009 Parlamentet Team member
2008 Dubbat
Det sociala spelet
2009 Melodifestivalen 2009 Presenter
Snillen snackar
Roast på Berns
2010 Cirkus Möller
Petra Mede Show Presenter
Välkommen åter
2011 46th Guldbagge Awards Presenter
Maestro Participant
2012 47th Guldbagge Awards Presenter
2013 Maestro
Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Semi-final 1, 2 and Grand Final
2014 Kristallen
2015 50th Guldbagge Awards
En clown till kaffet
Eurovision Song Contest's Greatest Hits Co-presenter with Graham Norton
2016 51st Guldbagge Awards Presenter
Melodifestivalen 2016 Semi-final 1
Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Co-presenter Semi-final 1, 2 and Grand Final
with Måns Zelmerlöw



  1. ^ "Hon blir ny programledare | Melodifestivalen | Nöjesbladet | Aftonbladet". 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Petra Mede fick ledas av scenen | Melodifestivalen | Nöjesbladet | Aftonbladet". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  3. ^ "Petra Mede leder schlager-EM | Kultur | SvD" (in Swedish). 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  4. ^ Sim, Jarmo. "Petra Mede to host Eurovision Song Contest 2013". EBU. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  5. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Martinsson, Anders. "Petra Mede aktuell för Eurovision-jubileum" [Petra Mede current Eurovision anniversary] (in Swedish). Göteborgs Posten. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  7. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Escudero, Victor (30 November 2015). "Sweden: Who will compete in Melodifestivalen 2016?". Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw to host in Stockholm!". Retrieved 2015-12-14. 
  10. ^ "Petra Mede leder schlager-EM | Kultur | SvD" (in Swedish). 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  11. ^ "Petra Mede leder schlager-EM", Göteborgs Posten

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Azerbaijan Leyla Aliyeva, Nargiz Berk-Petersen and Eldar Gasimov
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
Succeeded by
Denmark Lise Rønne, Nikolaj Koppel and Pilou Asbæk
Preceded by
Austria Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Måns Zelmerlöw)

Succeeded by
Ukraine Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk
and Timur Miroshnychenko