Today, the Swedish broadcaster SVT have revealed who will be their commentators at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, and who will reveal their jury points. The honours go to Måns Zelmerlöw and Edward af Sillén as the commentators, whilst Wiktoria will reveal the points from the jury!
Zelmerlöw won the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, with his song ‘Heroes’. He then co-hosted the contest with Petra Mede in 2016 in Stockholm. Zelmerlow says to the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet that he loves everything Eurovision, and can’t wait to get to Kyiv! He also says:
“Both times that I’ve previously been at Eurovision, there was not much time to enjoy the Eurovision week. But now, I think there will be more free time!”
Zelmerlöws favourite songs in this year’s Eurovision are the Icelandic entry, ‘Paper’ by Svala, and the French entry, ‘Requiem’ by Alma. On the other hand, he stated that he “has not fallen for” the Italian entry, the big favourite to win!
Edward af Sillén
Sillén has been the commentator for Sweden since 2009, alongside a different co-host every year, including Gina Dirawi in 2013, and Sanna Nielsen in 2015. He did take two breaks from commentating, since in 2013 and 2016, he was the scriptwriter for the contest itself.
Many Eurovision fans refer to Sillén as “The Swedish Wogan”, due to his style of commentary. For example, in 2015 he said about Genealogy, the Armenian entry:
“This is what happens when six singers want to sing solo.”
On the Russian entry, he said:
“You may have noticed that Ukraine isn’t taking part this year. Anyway, here’s Russia, with a song about peace.”
Wiktoria competed in the Swedish national selection, Melodifestivalen, in 2016 and 2017. This year, she was one of the main favourites before the final, with her song ‘As I Lay Me Down’. However, she finished in a disappointing 6th place. Despite this, her song reached number two in the Swedish charts.
Previous spokespersons for Sweden include:
- Sarah Dawn Finer – 2009, 2012 (as Lynda Woodruff)
- Eric Saade – 2010
- Danny Saucedo – 2011
- Yohio – 2013
- Alcazar – 2014
- Mariette – 2015
- Gina Dirawi – 2016
The history shows that it is usually performers from that year’s Melodifestivalen whom give the Swedish points.
What do you think of the commentators? Are you glad to see Wiktoria again? Tell us in the comments!