There are many people who work to make Eurovision the contest that we know and love as it is today – the artists, the backing performers, the juries, the hosts, and everyone who works behind the scenes and backstage to make everything run as smoothly as possible. However, also amongst these are the commentators and spokespeople, who form an integral part of how all of us experience the contest at home. They bring a unique cultural standpoint, knowledge and humour to the broadcast. This article is to introduce and celebrate them.
If you’d like to find out more about who you’ll be seeing or hearing if you’re watching the contest at home, then look no further!
We’ll be updating this article as more news comes out about who will take viewers along for the Eurovision 2022 journey, and who will help deliver a final result at the end of it all!
🇦🇱 Albania: RTSH, RTSH Muzikë, Radio Tirana
We don’t yet know much about Albania’s Eurovision broadcasts, but we’ll update you as soon as we do!
🇦🇲 Armenia: Armenia 1, Public Radio of Armenia
We don’t yet know much about Armenia’s Eurovision broadcasts, but we’ll update you as soon as we do!
🇦🇺 Australia: SBS
Commentators: Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst
Spokesperson: Courtney Act
Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst have been central to Australia’s Eurovision coverage since 2017, when both joined SBS’s commentary team. Since 2019, they have also been responsible for hosting Australia’s national final, Australia Decides. Outside of their Eurovision work, Joel Creasey is most well-known as a comedian and presenter, and Myf Warhurst as a presenter across radio and TV.
Courtney Act is a drag icon, singer and TV presenter. She first rose to fame on the inaugural season of Australian Idol, then on Season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and most recently as part of the first same-sex pairing on Australia’s edition of Dancing With The Stars. Eurofans will recognise Courtney Act from Eurovision – Australia Decides 2019, when she finished in fourth place with her song “Fight for Love.”
🇦🇹 Austria: ORF 1
Commentators: Andi Knoll
Spokesperson: Philipp Hansa
Andi Knoll has provided Austria with Eurovision commentary almost every year since 1999! Outside of this, he is a radio and television presenter, and has been a regular host of Radio Ö3 since 1994.
Philipp Hansa is a radio presenter and actor who has been Austria’s spokesperson previously in 2019 and 2021. He has been a presenter on HITRADIO Ö3 since 2012, and is currently responsible for Austria’s morning airwaves, as well as performing in radio plays and fillms such as Das Fest der Liebe.
🇦🇿 Azerbaijan: İTV
Commentators: Murad Arif
Murad Arif is a singer, producer, composer and journalist, described in Azeri press as “The Hitmaker”. He is currently a coach on The Voice Kids and has worked closely with Azerbaijan’s 2014 representative Dilara Kazimova. He has previously acted at Azerbaijan’s Eurovision commentator in 2006, 2019 and 2021.
🇧🇪 Belgium: één, La Une, RTBF Auvio, VivaCité
- één (Dutch): Peter Van de Veire
- La Une, RTBF Auvio (French language television broadcast): Jean-Louis Lahaye and Maureen Louys
- VivaCité (French language radio broadcast): Jean-Louis Lahaye and Maureen Louys
Spokesperson: David Jeanmotte
Dutch-language commentator Peter Van de Veire has been providing Eurovision commentary since 2012 (with a one-year break in 2013). He is otherwise best-known for his music and children’s shows on Flemish radio.
Jean-Louis Lahaye has been one of Belgium’s French-language commentators almost every year since 2007, with Marueen Louys joining him almost every year since 2013. Maureen Louys has previously been Belgium’s spokesperson in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Lahaye is an actor and television presenter; Louys is a television presenter, best known for her work on The Voice Belgique, responsible for a few of Belgium’s most recent entrants!
David Jeanmotte reprises his role as the Belgian spokesperson from 2019. He is a French-speaking radio presenter who currently hosts the “Jeanmotte Show” on M Radio.
🇧🇬 Bulgaria: BNT 1, BNT4
Spokesperson: Janan Dural
Janan Dural is a television presenter and journalist. She is best known for her role presenting BNT News.
🇭🇷 Croatia: HRT1, HR2
- HRT1 (television broadcast): Duško Ćurlić
- HR2 (radio broadcast): Zlatko Turkalj
Spokesperson: Monika Lelas Halambek
Duško Ćurlić has provided commentary for Croatia at Eurovision almost every year since 2006, and was their spokesperson in 2002. He is an actor and television presenter, with his work including Dora, Croatia’s national selection show.
Zlatko Turkalj has provided radio commentary for Croatia almost every year since 2016. He is a journalist and radio presenter who has been gracing Croatian airwaves since the 1980s.
Monika Lelas Halambek is no stranger to being a Eurovision spokesperson, having presented Croatia’s points in 2019. She is a radio host, and appeared on the Croatian jury for the 2021 contest.
🇨🇾 Cyprus: RIK1, RIK HD, RIK Sat
Commentators: Melina Karageorgiou and Alexandros Taramountas
Melina Karageorgiou returns to the Cyrpiot commentator role this year, having previously provided both TV and radio commentary between 2008-2016. She is best known as a journalist and presenter for RIK News. Alexandros Taramountas makes his debut this year as a Eurovision commentator, but is familiar to Cypriot viewers as host of RIK’s evening programming.
🇨🇿 Czech Republic: ČT2
Commentators: Jan Maxián
Spokesperson: Taťána Kuchařová
Jan Maxián branches out solo this year, having commentated for the first time last year alongside Lake Malawi’s Albert Černy. He is best known as a voice actor and musician, with roles under his belt including Frodo in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, Edward Cullen in the Twilight saga, and Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Taťána Kuchařová reprises her role as spokesperson from last year’s contest. She has previously won Miss Czech Republic and Miss World, followed by a high-profile modelling career and second place on StarDance, the Czech franchise of Strictly Come Dancing.
🇩🇰 Denmark: DR1
Commentators: Henrik Milling and Nicolai Molbech
Henrik Milling and Nicolai Molbech began their commentary double act last year, although Nicolai Molbech has previously commentated solo from 2008-2010. Milling is a music producer and TV and radio presenter, and has previously collaborated with Ice Cube and Vanessa Williams. Molbech has been a radio presenter on Danish station P3 since 1992. Milling and Molbech have worked together previously on hit music show FunkShow’et på P3 from 1997 to 2001
🇪🇪 Estonia: ETV, ETV+
- ETV (Estonian): Marko Reikop
- ETV+ (Russian): Aleksandr Hobotov and Julia Kalenda
Marko Reikop is a TV presenter who has provided Estonia’s Eurovision commentary since 1999. He is best-known for being one of the presenters on daily talk show Ringvaade. Aleksandr Hobotov has provided Russian-language commentary since 2016, and was first joined by Julia Kalenda in 2017. Both are TV and radio presenters.
🇫🇮 Finland: Yle TV1, Yle Areena, Yle Radio Suomi
- Yle TV1 and Yle Areena:
- Finnish: Mikko Silvennoinen
- Swedish: Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos
- Russian: Levan Tvaltvadze
- Inari Sami: Heli Huovinen
- Northern Sami: Aslak Paltto
- Yle Radio Suomi: TBA
Spokesperson: Aksel Kankaanranta
Mikko Silvennoinen has been providing Finnish-language commentary for Eurovision since 2016. He is a journalist and TV presenter. He also provides commentary for Finland’s national selection, UMK.
Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos have provided Swedish commentary together since 2011. Frantz is a journalist and author, most noted for her crime novels. Lindroos is the head of music at Yle Radio Suomi, as well as a video game commentator on YouTube. He describes himself on Instagram as a “C64 gamer, photoshopper & part-time Pöll-Johan”.
Levan Tvaltvadze is a journalist and songwriter, as well as the frontman of rock band Staroe kino. He first provided Russian-language commentary for Finland during the 2021 contest.
This year is the first time Finland have provided commentary in two Sami languages. Heli Huovinen, who will provide commentary in Inari Sami, is a Sami musician, actress and director. Aslak Paltto, who will provide commentary in Northern Sami, describes himself on his LinkedIn as a freelance journalist, reindeer herder and student. He is also a documentary filmmaker.
Finland’s points will be presented by Aksel Kankaanranta. The Finnish singer is best known for being the country’s 2020 Eurovision entry following his win in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu. While he never got to perform “Looking Back” in Rotterdam due to the contest being cancelled, he did compete in UMK again in 2021 with the track “Hurt,” finishing fifth in the national final.
🇫🇷 France: Culturebox, France 2, France 3 Bretagne
- Culturebox (semi-finals): Laurence Boccolini
- France 2 (final): Stéphane Bern and Laurence Boccolini
- France 3 Bretagne (Breton language, final): Goulwena an Henaff, Yann-Herle Gourves, Thelo Mell and Mael Gwenneg
Spokesperson: Élodie Gossuin
Laurence Boccolini is a French radio and television host who joined the French commentary team in 2021. She previously won the first season of The Masked Singer France, where she participated as Unicorn. Stéphane Bern made his French commentary debut in 2010, and joined the team as a regular fixture in 2015. He is a journalist, radio presenter and TV presenter, specialising in nobility and royalty according to his Wikipedia page!
The success of Alvan & Ahez has encouraged France TV to introduce Breton-language commentary for the first time. Goulwena an Henaff is a multi-lingual presenter, author and actress, who is a regular fixture at Breton cultural events such as the Interceltic Festival at Lorient. Yann-Herle Gourves is a comedian and voice actor. Thelo Mell is a musician, music columnist and TV presenter. He specialises in the bagpipes. Mael Gwenneg is responsible for Breton-language content at France TV.
Élodie Gossuin has a fond place in the hearts of many Eurovision fans, having been France’s spokesperson between 2016-2018. She is a beauty pageant title holder, model, presenter and regional politician. She was a jury member for France’s national final in 2021 and presented the most recent edition of Junior Eurovision in Paris.
🇬🇪 Georgia: 1TV
Spokesperson: Helen Kalandadze
Helen Kalandadze is a Georgian TV presenter and singer who will be best-known to Eurovision fans as one of the presenters of the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. She has previously been a commentator for the contest in 2019, and for Junior Eurovision in 2020. She has also provided backing vocals for Sofia Nizharadze at Eurovision 2010, and runs a charity providing musical opportunities for young people.
🇩🇪 Germany: One, Das Erste, Deutsche Welle
- One (semi-finals): Peter Urban
- Das Erste, One, Deustche Welle (final): Peter Urban
Peter Urban has been Germany’s voice of Eurovision almost every year since 1997. He is a musician and radio host, currently at the helm for NDR’s Info-Nachtclub and NDR-2-Soundcheck Neue Musik.
🇬🇷 Greece: ERT1, Deftero Programma, Voice Of Greece
Commentators: Maria Kozakou and Giorgos Kapoutzidis
Maria Kozakou has been Greece’s Eurovision TV commentator almost every year since 2011, and for radio since 2006. She has been joined by Giorgos Kapoutzidis almost every year since 2013, despite his debut being made in 2006 on . Kozakou is a journalist, who teaches on Journalists About Journalism, an organisation focused on media literacy. Kapoutzidis is a screenwriter and actor, best known for his work on Savatogennimenes and Sto Para Pente. He has recently moved into presenting, talking the helm on The Voice Of Greece since 2016.
Stefania represented Greece in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest with Last Dance, finishing in 10th place in the grand final. She also took part in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, representing The Netherlands with girl group Kisses.
🇮🇸 Iceland: RÚV, RÚV2, Rás 2
- RÚV (Icelandic television broadcast): Gísli Marteinn Baldursson
- RÚV2 (sign language television broadcast): TBA
- Rás 2 (Icelandic radio broadcast): TBA
Spokesperson: Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir
Gísli has been Iceland’s Eurovision commentator between 2003-2005, and since 2016. He is a TV presenter and former politician, part of Reykjavík City Council as their deputy mayor. He currently hosts talk show Vikan með Gísla Marteini.
Árny will be best known to Eurovision fans as the inspiration behind Daði Freyr’s 10 Years, and for appearing alongside him as one of Gagnamagnið’s keytar players. She was pivotal in creating both of Iceland’s 2020 and 2021 entires, including making the costumes for 10 Years music video!
🇮🇪 Ireland: RTÉ2, RTÉ One
- RTÉ2 (semi-finals): Marty Whelan
- RTÉ One (final): Marty Whelan
Spokesperson: Linda Martin
Marty Whelan provided Ireland’s Eurovision commentary for the first time in 1987, and has done for every year since 2000. He is a TV and radio presenter, best known as the presenter of Marty in the Morning on RTÉ Lyric FM, which he has helmed for 12 years.
Linda Martin represented Ireland in the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest with Terminal 3, which finished in second place, before coming back in 1992 to win the contest with Why Me? She has since continued to release music, while also branching out into television presenting.
🇮🇱 Israel: KAN11
Commentators: Asaf Liberman and Akiva Novick
Asaf Liberman provided his first Eurovision commentary for Israel in 2018 before returning to the role in 2021, alongside Akiva Novick. He is a radio presenter and journalist, currently presenting morning radio show Kalman Liberman and investigative journalism shows Real Time and Everything Is Political. Novick is a journalist and podcast presenter.
🇮🇹 Italy: Rai 1, Rai 4K, Rai Radio 2, RaiPlay
- Rai 1 and Rai 4K (television broadcast): Gabriele Corsi, Cristiano Malgioglio and Carolina Di Domenico
- Rai Radio 2 (radio broadcast): Ema Stokholma, Gino Castaldo and Saverio Raimondo
- RaiPlay (on-demand television broadcast): The Jackal
Spokesperson: Carolina Di Domenico
Both Gabriele Corsi and Cristiano Malgioglio made their Eurovision commentary debuts in 2021. Corsi is an actor, comedian and presenter, part of the Trio Medusa. Malgioglio is singer and songwriter, who has been active in the music industry since the 1970s. They are joined by Carolina Di Domenico, who has commentated on Eurovision in Italy most years since 2018, and was their spokesperson in 2021 also. She has worked on the Italian Disney Club and MTV Italia as a presenter.
Ema Stokholma is a radio host, TV presenter and writer. She has provided commentary on Sanremo since 2018, and was Italy’s spokesperson at Eurovision 2019. Gino Castaldo has provided Eurovision commentary since 2019. He is a journalist and music critic who has worked closely with Stokholma across radio and television commentary. Saverio Raimondo has also provided Eurovision commentary most years since 2018. He is a comedian and television personality. He has also provided the voice for villain Ercole Visconti in both the original and Italian dub of Disney’s Luca.
The Jackal are a comic group consisting of 12 current members. They gained popularity through their YouTube channel through parody videos, as well as supporting promotional activities for major Italian shows, including Sanremo, The X Factor Italia and Masterchef Italia.
🇱🇻 Latvia: LTV1
Commentators: Toms Grēviņš and Lauris Reiniks
Toms Grēviņš is a DJ, presenter and music journalistm responsible for the creation of two of Latvia’s national radio stations – Radio 101 and Latvijas Radio 5, where he presents the morning show. He is responsible for the Give Five initiative, where listeners can request a song by donating at least 5 euros to charity. He has been Latvia’s Eurovision commentator since 2015, and was their spokesperson in 2016. Lauris Reiniks, Latvia’s “King of YouTube”, is no stranger to Eurovision, despite making his commentary debut this year. In 2003, he represented Estonia at the contest as part of the group F.L.Y. with Hello From Mars. He has since written songs for multiple preselections alongside his career as an actor, presenter musician and Dancing With The Stars winner.
🇱🇹 Lithuania: LRT televizija, LRT radijas
Spokesperson: Vaidotas Valiukevičius
Vaidotas Valiukevičius will be recognisable to all Eurovision fans as the lead singer of The Roop. The band were expected to compete in the 2020 edition of the contest with On Fire before its cancellation, but returned in 2021 with Discoteque and achieved 8th place.
🇲🇹 Malta: PBS
We don’t yet know much about Malta’s Eurovision broadcasts, but we’ll update you as soon as we do!
🇲🇩 Moldova: TRM
We don’t yet know much about Moldova’s Eurovision broadcasts, but we’ll update you as soon as we do!
🇲🇪 Montenegro: RTCG
Spokesperson: Andrijana Vešović
Andrijana Vešović is better known as Zombijana Bones, and is an artist with a reputation for creating wry and satirical works. She defines herself as “vegan straight edge”, a skater, an emo and a humanitarian.
🇳🇱 The Netherlands: NPO1, BVN
Commentators: Cornald Maas and Jan Smit
Spokesperson: Jeangu Macrooy
Cornald Maas has commentated on Eurovision in The Netherlands almost every year since 2004. He is a television presenter and was the creative advisor for the contest’s two(ish) yers in Rotterdam. He was the spokesperson for The Netherlands in 2013. Jan Smit returns to his role behind the camera again this year, following his role as host of the 2021 contest in Rotterdam. He has commentated on Eurovision every other year since 2013, and is otherwise known as a singer and presenter. He is a current member of The Toppers.
Jeangu Macrooy is a Surinamese singer and songwriter who represented The Netherlands at Eurovision 2020 and 2021. While his first entry, Grow, did not make it to the Eurovision stage due to the pandemic, he was able to participate with Birth of a New Age the following year, achieving 23rd place in the grand final.
🇲🇰 North Macedonia: MRT
We don’t yet know much about North Macedonia’s Eurovision broadcasts, but we’ll update you as soon as we do!
🇳🇴 Norway: NRK1
Commentators: Marte Stokstad
Marte Stokstad is a journalist and presenter who has previously been involved with MGP and began her role as Eurovision commentator in 2021. Between 2013 and 2019, she headed the Adresse series at NRK , in which experts and Eurovision fans review the participating songs of each year prior to the contest.
🇵🇱 Poland: TVP1, TVP Polonia
Commentators: Aleksander Sikora and Marek Sierocki
🇵🇹 Portugal: RTP, RTP Internacional, RTP África
Commentators: Nuno Galopim
Spokesperson: Pedro Tatanka
Nuno Galopim has provided Eurovision commentary for Portugal since 2016, although this will be his first year as a solo commentator. He has also commentated on Junior Eurovision since 2017. He is an author and presenter, who has worked across music, TV, radio and film in a wide variety of roles in front and behind the camera.
Pedro Tatanka is the lead singer of The Black Mamba, who represented Portugal at Eurovision in 2021. The group’s song, “Love Is on My Side,” was the country’s first Portuguese Eurovision entry to be sung entirely in English, and placed 12th in the Grand Final with 153 points.
🇷🇴 Romania: TVR1
We don’t yet know much about Romania’s Eurovision broadcasts, but we’ll update you as soon as we do!
🇸🇲 San Marino: San Marino RTV, Radio San Marino
Commentators: Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo
Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo have provided commentary for San Mario ever since their contest debut in 2008. Fiorio is a radio and television presenter, who has been heard on Radio San Marino since 1976. Restivo is a radio presenter and voice actor.
🇷🇸 Serbia: RTS1, RTS Planeta, RTS Svet
Commentators: Duška Vučinić
Duška Vučinić lives and breathes Eurovision. She has provided Serbia’s commentary fpr the contest almost every year since 2003, has been the Head of Delegation since the same year, and was the Executive Producer for the 2008 contest in Belgrade. She is a presenter, journalist and director who currently serves as Head of Press and Public Relations at RTS.
🇸🇰 Slovakia: Rádio FM
Slovakia’s Rádio FM will provide a radio broadcast of the Eurovision 2022 final only. The commentators will be Daniel Baláž, Pavol Hubinák and Juraj Malíček.
🇸🇮 Slovenia: TV SLO 1, TV SLO 2, Radio Val 202, Radio Maribor
- TV SLO 2 (semi-finals television broadcast): Andrej Hofer
- TV SLO 1 (final television broadcast): Andrej Hofer
- Radio Val 202 and Radio Maribor (semi-final 1 and final radio broadcast): Andrej Hofer
Spokesperson: Lorella Flego
Andrej Hofer has provided Slovenia’s Eurovision commentary almost every year since 2008. He is a journalist and TV presenter, regularly found on breakfast TV shows. His Wikipedia page notes his first place at the 1985 Festivalu otroške popevke Zlati srček (Golden Heart Children’s Song Festival), aged 13 years old.
Lorella Flego is a TV presenter who has previously provided Slovenia’s douze points in 2012 and 2021. She is an apt choice to present this year’s votes, coming from a half-Italian family. She has presented a number of Slovenia’s national finals, and is currently the host of fashion show Bleščica.
🇪🇸 Spain: La 1, TVE Internacional
- La 1: Tony Aguilar and Julia Varela
- TVE Internacional (final): Tony Aguilar and Julia Varela
Spokesperson: Nieves Álvarez
Tony Aguilar joined Julia Varela on the Spanish commentary team in 2018. He is a radio DJ and TV presenter, currently hosting the 40 Global Show which airs across 12 Spanish-speaking countries. He also regularly appears as a guest on panel shows, or judging panels on a variety of television talent shows. Julia Varela begun providing Eurovision commentary in 2015, She is a presenter, newsreader and director, found presenting TVE’s current affairs programming. She released her first novel in 2019 – ¿Por qué me pido un gin tonic si no me gusta? (Why do I order a gin and tonic if I don’t like it?)
Nieves Álvarez will present the Spanish votes for the fifth time this year. She has declared them at every contest since 2017. She is a former model and television presenter, most notable for Flash moda, a show providing commentary on fashion and the fashion industry.
🇸🇪 Sweden: SVT1, SR P4
- SVT1 (television broadcast): Edward af Sillén and Linnea Henriksson
- SR P4 (radio broadcast): Carolina Norén
Edward af Sillén has presented Sweden’s Eurovision coverage almost every year since 2009. He is a screenwriter and director, who has been heavily involved in Eurovision’s production in the part, including being one of the writers responsible for 2016’s Love Love Peace Peace. His most recent success has been the film En del av mitt hjärta (A Piece of My Heart), a jukebox musical based on the work of Tomas Ledin. Linnea Henriksson is a singer who found her big break in the 2010 season of Idol, where she finished in fourth place. She is the lead singer of jazz band Prylf, and presented Melodifestivalen in 2020.
Carolina Norén has provided radio commentary for Sweden at Eurovision since 1999, and also provides commentary on Melodifestivalen. She has been the head of chart show Svensktoppen since 2007, and regularly presents or appears on other music-orientated and panel radio shows.
Dotter will be known by many Eurovision fans from her participations in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen in 2018, 2020 and 2021. She most successfully achieved second place, losing to The Mamas in 2020 by one point with her song Bulletproof. She is credited as a backing vocalist on Malta’s entry at Eurovision this year, I am What I Am, which has been co-written by her fiancée Dino Medanhodžić.
🇨🇭 Switzerland: SRF1, SRF zwei, SRF info, SRF1, RTS1, RTS2, RSI La 1, RSI La 2
- German language commentary:
- SRF zwei (semi-finals): Sven Epiney
- SRF info (semi-final 2): Sven Epiney
- SRF1 (final): Sven Epiney
- French language commentary
- RTS2 (semi-finals): Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner
- RTS1 (final): Jean-Marc Richard and Gjon’s Tears
- Italian language commentary
- RSI La 2 (semi-final one): Clarissa Tami and Francesca Margiotta
- RSI la 2 (semi-final two): Clarissa Tami and Boris Piffaretti
- RSI La 1 (final): Clarissa Tami, Francesca Margiotta and Boris Piffaretti
Spokesperson: Julie Berthollet
Sven Epiney has provided commentary on Eurovision for Switzerland since 2008. Outside of this, he is a TV presenter, radio host and editor, and has presented The Voice of Switzerland and former Swiss national final shows. He was the Swiss spokesperson for Eurovision in 2007.
Jean-Marc Richard has provided Eurovision commentary almost every year since 1992. He is a raido and television presenter, and hosts multiple music competitions on RTS, as well as Miss Switzerland. Nicolas Tanner has joined Richard in the commentary seat every year since 2008, and is also a radio and TV presenter. Gjon’s Tears represented Switzerland in Eurovision 2020 and 2021. While his 2020 entry, Répondez-Moi, did not make it to the Eurovision stage, he returned in 2021 with Tout L’univers. He won the jury vote and placed third overall. He appeared on the French edition of The Voice in 2019, and was mentored by Eurovision 2022 host Mika.
Clarissa Tami has provided Italian-language commentary for Switzerland almost every year since 2012. She is a presenter and actress, and has worked closely with many of the other Swiss commentators for this year through cross-language work on Swiss National Day broadcasts since 2013. Francesca Margiotta is a TV presenter, most known for her work on cookery shows. Boris Piffaretti is a radio presenter on Radio3i.
Julie Berthollet is a violinist, who, alongside her sister Camille, has won multiple international competitions and is signed to Warner Classics. The pair have received international acclaim for their work, including being the youngest duo ever selected to play at the Tournoi Internationale de Musique Competition. On her album Prodiges, she is accompanied by her sister, pianist Guillaume Vincent, and the Auvergne Orchestra, with Gautier Capuçon as special guest.
🇺🇦 Ukraine: UA:Kultura
- UA:Kultura (television broadcast): Timur Miroshnychenko
- UA Raido Promin (radio broadcast): Anna Zakletska, Dmytro Zakharchenko, Sasha Franko and Yevhen Pavliukovsky
Spokesperson: Kateryna Pavlenko
Timur Miroshnychenko has been Ukraine’s Eurovision commentator almost every year since 2007 – with the notable exception of 2017, when he appeared in front of the camera as one of the three hosts of the contest. He has also commentated on Junior Eurovision since 2005, and presented the contest in 2009 and 2013.
Anna Zakletska’s Wikipedia page describes her with 11 different careers, including actor, presenter, politician and choreographer! She was a press intern during the 2005 Orange Revolution for Viktor Yushchenko. Dmytro Zakharchenko commentated on Radio Promin for Eurovision alongside Zakletska last year, and has provided commentary on Vidbir since 2019. Sasha Franko is a radio presenter. Yevhen Pavliukovsky is a radio presenter and journalist.
Kateryna Pavlenko will be familiar to Eurovision fans as the lead singer of Go_A, who represented Ukraine in 2020 and 2021 at Eurovision. While their 2020 entry, Solovey, was unable to compete due to the pandemic, they returned in 2021 with Shum and placed 5th overall, coming second in the televote.
🇬🇧 United Kingdom: BBC1, BBC3, BBC Radio 2
- BBC3 (semi-finals): Scott Mills and Rylan Clark
- BBC1 (final): Graham Norton
BBC Radio 2 (radio broadcast, final): Ken Bruce
Spokesperson: AJ Odudu
Scott Mills is a DJ and radio presenter who has commentated on the Eurovision semi-finals in the UK since 2011. He has also been the UK spokesperson in 2010, and from 2012-2014. He is the current presenter of the weekly top 40 chart show. Rylan Clark joined the semi-final commentary team in 2018, and has participated almost every year since. He, too, has been the UK’s spokesperson (in 2019). He is best known for his work as a presenter and participant in reality TV shows.
Graham Norton has provided commentary on the Eurovision final since 2009. He is a presenter best known for hosting comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show, and for being a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. Ken Bruce has provided radio coverage of Eurovision since 1988. He is best known for hosting BBC Radio 2’s morning show, which he has done since 1992. He was the UK’s spokesperson in 1998.
AJ Odudu is a TV presenter who was a finalist on the most recent series of Strictly Come Dancing. She begun as a radio presenter on local BBC stations before her TV roles, which include a number of spin-offs from major reality TV series.
🇺🇸 USA: Peacock
Commentator: Johnny Weir (all shows)
Johnny Weir is former competitive figure skater who has represented the USA at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games, won three U.S. national titles, and earned a bronze medal at the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships.
Following his retirement from competition in 2010, he joined the broadcast team at NBCSports to provide coverage of major figure skating competitions, including the Olympics, alongside fellow figure skater Tara Lipinski. He has also done coverage for major television events such as the Academy Awards and the Kentucky Derby, and was a contestant on the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars. Johnny is also a massive Eurovision fan, as evidenced by his numerous videos skating to Eurovision songs and his reaction to landing this year’s commentating gig.
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News source: Eurovoix
Photo source: EBU/Thomas Hanses