It may only be February, but anticipation for this year's contest seems to be hitting new levels of anticipation.

Pop sensation Mika has been announced as one of the co-hosts of this year's 'Eurovision Song Contest' in Turn, Italy.

The 38-year-old has been a well-known pop star since his breakout single 'Grace Kelly', which was taken from his debut album 'Life in Cartoon Motion'. Since then, the Lebanese-British singer has had numerous top 10 songs and albums, as well as appearing as a judge and mentor on both 'The Voice France' and 'The X-Factor Italy'.

Mika will co-host the 66th edition of 'Eurovision' with Laura Pausini and Alessandro Cattelan. Pausini is an Italian singer who has previously been the receiver of Grammy, Latin Grammy and Golden Globes for her songwriting and performances; Cattelan is known in Italy as a television presenter and voice-over artist for various Italian versions of animated movies.

Speaking about his new hosting duties, Mika said of his involvement in the campest night in Europe: "More than ever I believe in the importance of an international community, in our common values. I believe in the union of people, in breaking down the walls to celebrate our similarities as much as our differences. We can do it thanks to music, which is the most universal form of expression. 'Eurovision' is this and so much more!

"Once a year, more than 40 countries share the same emotions, regardless of history or the political situation: music unites them. It's an exciting honour to be one of the masters of ceremony on these fantastic nights."

This weekend will also be a big night for Ireland as our entry for the competition will be chosen this Friday night. Once again, Ryan Tubridy will be hosting a very special Eurosong version of 'The Late Late Show' which will see all six of this year's hopefuls perform their songs live.

For the first time in years (we reckon the last time was when we sent Dustin the Turkey to the fire pits of 'Eurovision' hell), the Irish public will be allowed to vote in the decision process. There will also be a local jury in the studio, as well as an international jury. You can listen to all six Irish hopefuls by following the link below.

This year's 'Eurovision' will be broadcast live on May 10 and 12, followed by the grand final on May 14.