Scissor Sister Ana Matronic is to make her Eurovision debut.
It was announced on the BBC website this morning that the singer, who hails from Portland, Oregon, will provide commentary for the two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May, along with DJ Scott Mills on BBC3. She will replace broadcaster Sara Cox, who has done the job since 2011.
Ana Matronic is most famous as the lead female vocalist of the American pop group, Scissor Sisters. She formed the band in 2000 along with her friends, Jake Shears and Scott ‘Babydaddy’ Hoffman.
The band has been successful both in the United States and in Europe, where their single I don’t feel like dancin’ reached number one in six countries. They have so far released four albums, but their most recent single release, Let’s have a kiki, only managed to get to 119 in the UK singles charts.
UK audiences will also be familiar with Ana from her work on The Voice. The singer helped Jessie J coach her contestants on the firsts series of the BBC show last year but has since brushed off speculation that she has been offered a role on the judging panel when the show returns later in the year.
This isn’t the first time the band has been linked to Eurovision. After Engelbert Humperdinck’s disappointing finish in 25th place at the Eurovision song Contest 2013 in Baku, Ana’s bandmate Jake Shears said during an interview on BBC Radio Five Live that, I would go on Eurovision, totally. If I was asked I would gladly do it for you. I would love to. I’d be happy to.
DJ Scott Mills, who will be commentating along with Ana Matronic this morning revealed his excitement about the forthcoming competition when he tweeted, It’s true! Bonnie Tyler is the UK Eurovision entry. And I will be doing the semi finals on bbcthree with Ana Matronic from Scissor Sisters.
The final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 broadcast live on BBC One & BBC One HD, with commentary by Graham Norton and live on BBC Radio 2 with commentary from Ken Bruce.