Mirjam Weichselbraun

Mirjam Weichselbraun
Born Mirjam Weichselbraun
(1981-09-27) 27 September 1981
Innsbruck, Austria
Occupation Television presenter
Years active 1999–present
Known for Hosting Dancing Stars, Life Ball and the Vienna Opera Ball
Height 5 ft six ¼ in (168 cm)
Partner(s) Ben Mawson (2013–present)
Children 1
Website mirjamweichselbraun.com

Mirjam Weichselbraun (born 27 September 1981 in Innsbruck, Austria) is an Austrian television host and actress, best known in Austria for presenting Dancing Stars, Life Ball and the Vienna Opera Ball. She is best known outside Austria for presenting the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015.


Weichselbraun at the Romy TV awards show in Vienna (2008)

Her first experience in broadcasting was with the regional radio station Antenne Tirol in 1999 and she first appeared in front of the camera in 2001 on the culture program Das Magazin on the channel TV Tirol.

In 2000, she was voted the BRAVO-Girl of the year among 25,000 contestants.

In January 2002 she joined the newly started music channel VIVA PLUS in Cologne, where she hosted the show Cologne Day. After only eight months she switched to MTV Germany in Berlin where she hosted the live show MTV Select until January 2005.

In Germany, she has interviewed some of the most famous artists in the music business including Jon Bon Jovi and Nickelback.

She presented TRL Germany with Joko Winterscheidt (alternating with Patrice Bouédibéla and Karolin Oesterling) until April 2007.

Since 2003, next to her job on MTV, she has also been hosting the ZDF online-magazine for the game show Wetten, dass..?. In 2004 she has, together with Christian Clerici, hosted the live show Expedition Österreich (Expedition Austria), and one year later the Austrian preliminaries for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, as well as the dancing show Dancing Stars with Alfons Haider on ORF. Her hosting of Dancing Stars earned her the Austrian Romy television award in 2006 and 2008.

In 2006, Weichselbraun and Wayne Carpendale presented the German version of Dancing on Ice on RTL, which made her very popular in Germany.[1] Other hosting jobs include the Life Ball, Kiddy Contest, The Dome and the Romy awards presentation in 2008 and 2013. In November 2010, she hosted the Hit Giganten on Sat.1 together with the German jazz musician Roger Cicero.

In addition to her job as a show host, Weichselbraun has also lent her voice to Jan Dress' audio drama Letzte Tage, jetzt (Last days, now) and worked as an actress. In 2007 she played in the ORF-movie Die Rosenkönigin and in one episode of the Die ProSieben Märchenstunde (Frau Holle - Im Himmel ist die Hölle los). In 2008 and 2009 she appeared in two more films: H3 - Halloween Horror Hostel and Hangtime - Kein leichtes Spiel (Hangtime - Not an easy game).

In 2009, she took the role of Sugar Kane in Peter Stones' musical Manche mögen's heiß (Some like it hot) at the Theater in der Josefstadt.

Since 2011, she hosted the Vienna Opera Ball together with Alfons Haider and Barbara Rett for the Austrian TV broadcaster ORF.

On 28 October 2014, Weichselbraun was announced as the host of the Austrian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015,[2] which she also hosted alongside Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna.[3]


Personal life

Weichselbraun has a twin sister. Their parents married late, so each girl could choose her own surname. Melanie Binder took her father's name, while Mirjam Weichselbraun took her mother's.

After a 2 year-relationship Weichselbraun split up with the singer Marque. She had also been in a relationship with the Sat.1 host Jahn Hahn, but they split after four years. Since 2013 she has been in a relationship with Ben Mawson, the manager of Lana Del Rey. She has a child with him, a daughter.[7]


Mirjam Weichselbraun (Vienna 2009)


Year Title Channel Role
2001 Das Magazin TV Tirol Presenter
2002 Cologne Day VIVA Plus
2002–05 MTV Select MTV Germany
2002–07 TRL Germany Co-presenter
2003–2012 Wetten, dass..? ZDF Online presenter
2004 Expedition Österreich ORF1 Co-presenter
Life Ball
2005 Song.Null.Fünf
2005– Dancing Stars
2006 Dancing on Ice RTL
2007–08 Kiddy Contest ORF1 Presenter
2008, 2013 Romy Television Awards Host
2008–10 The Dome RTL2 Co-presenter
2010 Hit Giganten Sat.1
2010–12 Willkommen ZDF
2011– Vienna Opera Ball ORF eins
2012–13 Österreich rockt den Song Contest
2012 Hast du Nerven? Presenter
2012–13 Die Harald Schmidt Show Sky Deutschland Sidekick
2013 Deutscher Filmpreis 2013 ZDF Host
2014 Die Große Grillshow Co-presenter
2015 Wer singt für Österreich? ORF eins Presenter
Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Co-presenter


Year Title Role
2007 Die Rosenkönigin Marie Gruber
2007 Die ProSieben Märchenstunde Chantal
2008 H3 - Halloween Horror Hostel Sidney
2008 Mutig in die neuen Zeiten - Alles anders Agnes Ulmendorff
2008 Wir sind das Volk – Liebe kennt keine Grenzen Bonnie
2009 Hangtime - Kein leichtes Spiel Kathi
2011 Das Traumhotel (Episode: Malediven) Greta Junghans
2012 Die Braut im Schnee Dr. Thea Hollmann
2012 Unter Umständen verliebt Steffi
2012 Es kommt noch dicker
(Episodes: Ein magischer Tag, Der Tanzwettbewerb)
Ella Sandvoss
2012 Wir sind Kaiser Fifi
2012 Verloren auf Borneo Julia zu Hohenberg
2013 Herztöne Dutch Princess
2013 Zweisitzrakete Polizistin Sabrina
2013 Zur Sache, Macho! Lisa Rammser


Year Title Role
2007 Bee Movie Vanessa Bloom


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Denmark Lise Rønne, Nikolaj Koppel and Pilou Asbæk
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer)

Succeeded by
Sweden Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw
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