Five weeks before the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, its host broadcaster UA:PBC announced the people that will write the scripts for the three hosts Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko.
The two script writers are going to be Alex Worrall and Tim Telling. The two writers are going to join forces with the show producer Stuart Barlow for the three live shows on 9, 11 and 13 May, in order to achieve qualitative screening between the hosts of the show and scripts that will make the shows as attractive as possible.
About the two script writers
Alex Worrall is the former head of development for Granada New York, where he created and directed the hit MTV US dating show Room Raiders. Then he became the head of development for MTV UK & International. He is writing fulltime in multiple genres for major media brands, including the BBC, Channel 4, E4, Radio 4, The Daily Mash, The European Music Awards and The Guardian. His film script Here Boy won prize funding from Creative England and went on to win the first prize in the 2016 PromaxBDA UK Short Film Festival. About his job in Eurovision, Alex stated:
It’s a great creative challenge. My job is to help the hosts look slick, smart and be funny to millions of people. Global LOLs are the hardest LOLs to get! Globally we need Eurovision. I think it’s important that there’s a platform for the worlds citizens to come together, compete and have fun. I’m really proud to be a part of that.
Tim Telling is an editor of The Daily Mash, the UK’s most popular original satire website. He has lots of TV and radio writing credits included in his assets, such as 10 O’Clock Live (C4), Listen Against (R4) and A Different Breed (Sky One). An award-winning stand-up comedian, Tim won the Son of Pitch pitching competition at the International Screenwriters’ Festival and was also awarded funding from Film London for his script The Yowie and the Magpie, which was nominated for the McLaren Animation Award. About this year’s project, he said:
It’s super cool to be involved with such a massive and well-loved show while also getting to experience a new country and culture. Entertainment doesn’t get any bigger than Eurovision… unless maybe in the distant future we will have Spacevision with different planets competing! I’d want to be part of that.
Alex and Tim will do their best in order the texts of the hosts of Eurovision to be for once more fresh and entertaining. The 62nd Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 9, 11 and 13 May at the IEC in Kyiv, Ukraine.