Aside from the actual songs, the grand final voting sequence is one of the key parts of every Eurovision. And with the introduction of the new 100% televote and 100% jury system, it’s set to attract more attention than ever before. Somewhat ironically, the spokespeople are will have a diminished role, as they’ll only announce the 12 points from their respective juries. The remaining scores will appear on screen separately — the days of “oit points” are no more.
Nevertheless, we still need people to deliver the douze points. And a slew of broadcasters have already revealed their 2016 spokespeople.
Sweden: Gina Dirawi
Following Måns Zelmerlöw’s win, Gina Dirawi immediately emerged as one of the early favourites to host the actual contest. However, SVT opted instead to give the gig to Petra Mede and the aforementioned Måns. But Gina hasn’t fared too badly. She hosted Melodifestivalen for a third time and the host broadcaster unveiled her as the Swedish spokesperson on Wednesday.
Sebastiano Paù-Lessi (Sebater) gave Switzerland its best Eurovision result for years, when he finished 13th with “Hunter Of Stars” in 2014. Since then he’s released a studio album, but he sent his fans into mourning last July when he announced his plans to retire from music. Thankfully, his hiatus may be at an end, as on Tuesday SRF confirmed that he would deliver the Swiss points.
Germany: Barbara Schöneberger
Barbara Schöneberger is quickly becoming the go-to-person for Eurovision gigs in Germany. She’s hosted the country’s national final every year since 2014, and now she’ll deliver the German points for the second year running.
Hungary: Csilla Tatár
Hungary are also employing a familiar face to present their scores. Csilla Tatár has two seasons of A Dal under her belt, and like Germany’s Barbara she was also a spokesperson in 2015.
San Marino: Irol MC
Valentina Monetta became famous for representing San Marino on three consectutive occasions at Eurovision. However, her career as the country’s spokesperson has come to an end after just one year. And while the microstate might have outsourced virtually every other aspect of their 2016 entry, they’re keeping this job local. Rapper Irol MC will step into Monetta’s shoes. He’s the winner of SMRTV’s Città di San Marino talent show and was our Wednesday Wishlist pick as a potential act for San Marino.
Czech Republic: Daniela Písarovicová
Reports from the Czech Republic suggest that Daniela Písarovicová will deliver the Czech points once again, having also done the honours for their 2015 comeback.
Eurovision 2016 spokespeople
- Czech Republic: Daniela Písarovicová
- Germany: Barbara Schöneberger
- Hungary: Csilla Tatár
- San Marino: Irol MC
- Sweden: Gina Dirawi
- Switzerland: Sebalter