Jaana Pelkonen

Jaana Pelkonen (born 27 January 1977) is a Finnish member of parliament and former television hostess.

Jaana Pelkonen
ESC 2007 - Jaana Pelkonen presenting the semifinal.jpg
Jana Pelkonen presenting the Eurovision 2007 semifinal in Helsinki
Member of the Finnish Parliament
for Helsinki
Assumed office
20 April 2011 (20 April 2011)
Personal details
Jaana Maarit Pelkonen

(1977-01-27) 27 January 1977 (age 44)
Finland Lahti, Päijänne Tavastia, Finland
Political partyNational Coalition Party


Pelkonen's media career started as a radio presenter for Radio 99 in Lahti in 1995–1997. She became famous in Finland as the host of the video gaming show Tilt in 1997–2005 and the youth program Jyrki in 1998. In 2001–2002 she hosted an entertainment travel show called FarOut. She has also hosted the Finnish qualifications of the Eurovision Song Contest for five years. On 12 May 2007 Pelkonen hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 together with Mikko Leppilampi. She also gave the Finnish votes in the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008 held in Glasgow, Scotland which was the second ever Dance Contest.

She earned her master's degree in Political Science from Helsinki University in 2007, after graduation she worked as an assistant for the Finnish Minister of Communications Suvi Lindén.

Pelkonen received attention in Finland when she took part in the 2008 local elections. She was elected to Helsinki City Council with 3,518 votes, the 15th highest vote total in the nation. She was also the highest ranking celebrity amongst the candidates for local councillors. She was further elected to the Finnish parliament in 2011 representing the National Coalition Party.

In 2015 parliamentary election Pelkonen got the highest vote total in Helsinki and the highest vote total of all female candidates in the nation.[1] She was re-elected in 2019 parliamentary election with 10,563 votes.[2] In February 2020, Pelkonen announced that she would not run in the next parliamentary election.[3]

In autumn 2018, Pelkonen competed in Dances with Stars, the Finnish version of the dance contest Strictly Come Dancing, and became sixth.[4]

Electoral historyEdit

Municipal electionsEdit

Year Constituency Votes Percentage Result
2008 Helsinki 3,518 1.27% Elected
2012 3,156 1.11%
2017 6,519 2.00%

Parliamentary electionsEdit

Year Constituency Votes Percentage Result
2011 Helsinki 5,897 1.70% Elected
2015 15,964 4.44%
2019 10,563 2.72%


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Soini jäi vain hitusen äänirohmu Sipilästä – Jaana Pelkonen äänikuningattareksi". Helsingin Sanomat. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Elected: Whole Country". Ministry of Justice. 17 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Jaana Pelkonen ei aio enää ehdolle vaaleissa – palaa näyttävästi tv-juontajaksi". Ilta-Sanomat. 10 February 2020. Retrieved 10 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Jaana Pelkonen lähtee toteuttamaan haavettaan Tanssii Tähtien Kanssa -kisaan: "Iloitsen tanssin paluusta elämääni"" (in Finnish). MTV. 14 August 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Information Service". Ministry of Justice of Finland. Retrieved 3 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Preceded by
  Sakis Rouvas & Maria Menounos
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Mikko Leppilampi)
Succeeded by
  Jovana Janković & Željko Joksimović