Just over a year ago, German broadcaster NDR announced that Peter Urban would retire from his role as Eurovision commentator after the 2023 contest in Liverpool. This week, they revealed that Thorsten Schorn will be his replacement, talking German audiences through the three live shows in Malmö this May!

Like Urban, Thorsten Schorn has a background in radio. He was the 2015 winner of the Deutscher Radiopreis for “Best Presenter”, and currently presents an afternoon program on WDR2. He also has experience in television, as he’s the commentator on the game show Denn sie wissen nicht, was passiert, which happens to also feature Barbara Schöneberger, the popular TV presenter who frequently hosts the German national final.

While he certainly has big shoes to fill, he has the suppport of Andreas Gerling – head of the ARD team for ESC – who praised his “passion, his spontaneity, his wit and, last but not least, of course his very distinctive voice.” German viewers will get their first chance to hear his take on ESC during Semi-final 1 on May 7.

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