Grace Kelly hitmaker Mika sends fans into a frenzy as he hosts Eurovision’s semi-finals

He’s best known for this Noughties hits Grace Kelly and Happy Ending.

And Eurovision fans were sent into a frenzy on Tuesday as the hitmaker Mika took to the stage to host the live semi-finals in Turin.

Taking to Twitter, viewers flooded social media with their reactions to the British-Lebanese singer, 38, with one questioning whether he’d ‘always been so hot.’

Look who it is! Eurovision fans were sent into a frenzy on Tuesday as the hitmaker Mika (far right) took to the stage to host the live semi-finals in Turin

Mika joined Italian television and radio presenter Alessandro Cattelan and Italian singer Laura Pausini at Turin’s Pala Olimpico indoor stadium to present the first semi-final of the Song Contest.

The singer, who rose to UK prominence with his hit song Grace Kelly in 2007, cut a dapper figure in a pale blue trouser suit.

Since rising to fame, Mika, who speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian, has continued to tour Europe and work as a judge on X Factor Italia.

Blast from the past: The singer rose to UK prominence with his hit song Grace Kelly in 2007 and has continued to tour in Europe and act as a judge on The X Factor Italia

Blast from the past: The singer rose to UK prominence with his hit song Grace Kelly in 2007 and has continued to tour in Europe and act as a judge on The X Factor Italia

Suave: Mika joined Italian television and radio presenter Alessandro Cattelan and Italian singer Laura Pausini at Turin's Pala Olimpico indoor stadium to present the first semi-final

Suave: Mika joined Italian television and radio presenter Alessandro Cattelan and Italian singer Laura Pausini at Turin’s Pala Olimpico indoor stadium to present the first semi-final

His appearance on the show delighted many UK viewers, who took to Twitter to share their reaction.

One wrote: ‘Having Mika as a host was the best decision they couldn’ve made this year! 

‘The man got char, got moves, got shine, got flare… there’s just sth about a Britihs man who is fluent in English, French, Spanish AND Italian. AND he can SING!’ another added.

‘Mika is 38 years old, what’s the secret of his beauty,’ a fan tweeted, while another penned: ‘Mika and Alessandro stole my heart.’

Smart: The singer cut a dapper figure in a pale blue trouser suit

Smart: The singer cut a dapper figure in a pale blue trouser suit 

One posted: ‘Let’s just take a minute to appreciate Mika’s beautiful blue suit!’ while another defiant viewer posted: ‘If I see a SINGLE person say something bad about Mika.’

The first semi-final saw 10 countries advance to the final; Lithuania’s Monika Liu, Switzerland’s Marius Bear, Netherlands’ S10, Moldova’s Zdob și Zdub and Advahov Brothers, Maro from Portugal, Iceland’s Systur, Greece’s Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord, Norway’s Subwoolfer, Rosa Linn from Armenia and Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra.

Ukraine remains odds-on favourite to be crowned winners in Saturday’s live final, with Italy’s Mahmood & Blancoin second place.

Shocked! His appearance on the show delighted many UK viewers, who took to Twitter to share their reaction

Shocked! His appearance on the show delighted many UK viewers, who took to Twitter to share their reaction

Sam Ryder will take to the stage to present the UK with his song Space Man, and in a surprise development he’s currently third-favourite.

He found fame covering songs on the social media site during lockdown, amassing 12 million followers and catching the attention of global stars including Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys.

Despite the UK’s poor Eurovision history in recent years, fans are hopeful Sam could break the trend and perform well in the competition.

Sam himself admitted on Monday that he is not focused on winning the contest, and his ‘personal goal’ is to simply get up on stage and sing.

He told i newspaper: ‘My personal goal for this is to sing with the same intention that I always sing with, and then come away with the joy it has given me. 

Taking to the stage: Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra were among the 10 acts who advanced from the first semi-final - they are currently odds-on favourites to be crowned champions

Taking to the stage: Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra were among the 10 acts who advanced from the first semi-final – they are currently odds-on favourites to be crowned champions 

‘To make it strategic and to make it so that the happiness it gives me is dependent on where I come on a score board is something I really don’t want to mess with.’

Last year, the UK ended up at the bottom of the leaderboard after James Newman’s entry Embers scored zero points whilst Michael Rice’s 2019 entry Bigger Than Us also saw the UK finish last but Sam previously insisted that the ‘stigma’ of losing will not stop his enjoyment of taking part.

‘I love Eurovision. I think it’s such a privilege to be able to do. I don’t want to let the stigma or fear of coming at a certain place in a table stop me from doing something and being a part of something that I enjoy so much,’ he added.

This year’s Eurovision will once again see Graham Norton provide commentary duties for BBC viewers, during Saturday’s final.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 live final is on Saturday 14 May at 8pm on BBC One. 

Fingers crossed! Sam Ryder will take to the stage in Saturday's final to represent the UK with his song Space Man, and in a surprise development he's currently third-favourite

Fingers crossed! Sam Ryder will take to the stage in Saturday’s final to represent the UK with his song Space Man, and in a surprise development he’s currently third-favourite 

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