Every year the men of Eurovision wow millions of viewers with their vocals and choreography. But once they leave the stage they have even more work to do. That’s because the race to win Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model — the premier online modeling contest for men competing at Eurovision — continues long after the cameras stop rolling. The dream of winning the title compels them to keep pumping iron and drinking protein shakes. The strongest contenders have to deal with the ever-present paparazzi and bloggers who stalk them in search of that elusive shirtless pic.
This year we’ve faced an extra difficult task separating the men from the boys. On April 8 we started the semi-finals with 39 candidates. During the semis our readers cast a total of 19,115 votes. On May 7 we closed the semi-finals and eliminated 25 men. Gloves came off, and so did a few shirts. That left us with the 14 (mostly) attractive men. We gave you four days to vote in the final and you do so en masse. After counting 45,984 votes, we can now reveal that Lithuania’s Donny Montell is Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model 2016.
Donny Montell reacts to his win
We broke the good news to Donny while he was working out in a park in Vilnius.
Wearing a black tank top and showing off his gym-honed shoulders, he nailed the off-duty model look as he paused to give thanks for the prestigious title.
“I dedicate this to my fans — the people who listen to my music and support me,” he says. “I’m really thankful.”
The ENTMM crown has given him extra motivation for a potential return.
“Never say never. Maybe next year I’m coming back. I will need your support guys. I want to thank wiwibloggs who were supporting us all the way. I love you. Keep going with me.”
Baby, we will. Oh yes we will…
But today we don’t just celebrate Donny.
Russia’s Sergey Lazarev and Ireland’s Nicky Byrne have each earned a place in the Top Model Hall of Fame. They made a good run and have issued a statement that they are stars to watch.