Ulrika Jonsson reminisces on her cringeworthy clangers while hosting Eurovision in 1998 and reveals why she was turned away from the afterparty
Ulrika Jonsson reminisced on her cringeworthy clangers while hosting Eurovision in the UK in 1998 and revealed she was later turned away from the lavish after party.
The model, 55, revealed she was seriously ‘surprised’ that she landed the gig in the first place as she reminisced on the ‘magnificent’ opportunity.
That year Eurovision was hosted in Birmingham and it took ‘countless’ meeting and rehearsals for the presenter to prepare for the live global broadcast which reached ‘squillions’ of viewers.
Ulrika told The Sun: ‘I can’t deny I was, at times, overwhelmed by imposter syndrome and couldn’t escape the feeling that I was, in fact, still auditioning for the role with every day that passed’.
Ahead of the first dress rehearsal, Ulrika explained that her co-host Terry Wogan took her and a couple of others to lunch.
Amazing: Ulrika Jonsson reminisced on her cringeworthy clangers while hosting Eurovision in the UK in 1998 and why she was later turned away from the lavish after party
Excited: Following UK contestant Katrina And The Waves having been victorious the year before, the model, now 55, admitted she could not have been ‘keener to host’ alongside legend Terry Wogan (pictured 1998)
She revealed that he ‘didn’t bother going to the rehearsal that afternoon’ because he really ‘didn’t need to’.
Whereas she attended every single one to make sure she new exactly what she was doing especially if something were to go wrong.
The model gushed that she would have been ‘nothing without Terry’ and she enjoyed every moment of being on the Eurovision stage.
Despite this, the show didn’t go off without a hitch, with Ulrika recalling that when the Dutch announcer ‘a mature lady’ said she had previously taken part in Eurovision Ulrika ‘foolishly’ said: ‘Oh, a long time ago?’
Meanwhile, the winner Dana International — the first transgender victor — caused herself and co-host Terry quite the panic as she didn’t come to the stage to collect the award as she was busy ‘lording it about backstage.’
Still not over the incident, Ulrika went on to brand the winner, as well as all performers, ‘self-obsessed.’
Ulrika also revealed that she ‘gave up alcohol’ ahead of the show to prepare and once the show had come to an end, Ulrika admitted she was excited to finally have a drink.
However, she had forgot her ‘accreditation in her handbag’ and so was turned away from the after-show party.
Dedicated: To prepare Ulrika revealed that she ‘gave up alcohol three months before’ to make sure her mind was as ‘sharp’ as possible (pictured 1998 with UK contestant Imaani)
Alesha Dixon, Julia Sanina and Hannah Waddingham have taken over the hosting duties in this year’s competition in Liverpool with Radio DJs Scott Mills and Rylan bring UK audiences their colourful commentary.
Alesha sent Eurovision fans wild as she harked back to her Mis-Teeq days by performing a rap about the competition earlier this week.
Hosting from M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, the Britain’s Got Talent judge, 44, was branded an ‘icon’ by viewers – who were equally impressed by the sign language interpreter who kept up with her.
The 2023 Eurovision semi-final will take place on Thursday (11 May) ahead of the Grand Final on Saturday (13 May).
Incredible: Alesha Dixon, Julia Sanina and Hannah Waddingham have taken over the hosting duties for the 2023 Eurovision held from M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool