The line-up for this year’s backstage host team is finally known! Koos van Plateringen, Hila Noorzai, Samya Hafsaoui en Rutger Vink will be working hard backstage to keep everyone updated with the latest news about the Eurovision Song Contest. Koos, Hila  & Samya will be in charge of the 83 press conferences, while Samya & Hila will team-up with Rutger Vink to give the viewers an unique backstage experience as online hosts.

Who are the hosts?

Koos van Plateringen

Koos van Plateringen is a TV host and TV show creator. He’s best known as one of the presenters of the Dutch tv-programme “Shownieuws.” Since 2009, he has been a reporter at the Eurovision Song Contest. Koos finds it fantastic to be a part of the organisation this year.

Hila Noorzai

Hilar Noorzai started her career as a DJ at QMusic, but decided to transfer to television in 2020. she’s been working as a presenter of AVROTROS’s TV show EenVandaag and presents the weekly newsupdate for Algemeen Dagblad, however her passion of music is still very big!


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Samya Hafsaou

Samya Hafsaoui is a TV show creator, writer and journalist. She already interviewed big names in the music industry, like Billie Eilish and Lizzo. She explains to ‘Eurovision is the Champions League of music journalism. I have the feeling that all those hours of English and all those years of watching, writing and of course listening a lot now comes together perfectly. This year will be unique and to be a small part of it really feels like a peak’

Rutger Vink

Rutger Vink is a Dutch YouTube content creator. Under the name “Furtjuh”, he’s been making Youtubevideos since 2012. With 800.000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, he definitely is one of The Netherlands biggest Youtuber. He even made a YouTube video every year about the Eurovision Song Contest, where he parodies the several acts that are competeting in the contest.

Press Conference

As written earlier, Koos, Hila en Samya will be hosting the several press conferences during the Eurovision Song Contest. There will be press conferences with all 39 participants, bt also with the finalists after the Semi Finals and with the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 after the Grand Final. In addition, the trio will give a daily New Update in the Online Press Centre, so the online press will know what’s happening in Ahoy, Rotterdam.

Backstage Online Serie

Samya, Rutger and Hila will be your online hosts during the contest. In “All Acces,” Samya and Rutger will give the viewers an unique backstage experience in seven episodes on the YouTube-channel of AVROTROS. Samya en Hila will be doing a daily Songfestival Newsflash on the AVROTROS YouTube-channel.

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