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ESC fans criticize commentator Thorsten Schorn

ESC fans criticize commentator Thorsten Schorn

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In the second semi-final, Switzerland and Nemo are fighting for a place in the ESC final. However, German commentator Thorsten Schorn makes a mistake.

Malmö – On Saturday (May 11) the ESC final will finally take place in Malmö. But before that, it is necessary to clarify which countries are actually allowed to appear there. While Germany's entry – Isaak with “Always on the run” – is already guaranteed, Switzerland still has to prove itself in the second semi-final. Nemo (24 years old) enters the race with “The Code.” Nemo is non-binary, meaning he neither identifies as a woman nor a man. This sends German ESC commentator Thorsten Schorn (48) into a tailspin.

Second ESC semi-final: Thorsten Schorn makes a mistake with Swiss representative Nemo

Thorsten Schorn received ESC's baptism of fire in the first semi-final. As the successor to the legendary Peter Urban (76), it's not easy for the presenter – but he can certainly impress some viewers. His testing will continue in the second semi-final. However, he mistakes Swiss Nemo for everything.

Nemo, the Swiss ESC participant, identifies as non-binary. This means that he does not feel that he belongs to any gender. Since there are no pronouns for non-binary people in German, no pronouns for them should be used. However, when Thorsten Schorn announced Nemo, he said, “He wants to stand up for the entire LGTBQIA+ community.” With this all-encompassing sentence, Shorn makes a pronoun error—one that the audience doesn't notice.

Masculine pronoun for Nemo: ESC fans criticize Thorsten Schorn

“A lot of preparation goes into ESC and then the commentator can't use Nemo's pronouns correctly?” It sparks viewer anger on X, formerly Twitter. “How Thorsten Nemo simply gets it wrong,” another wrote, adding crying emojis. Another credits the commentator for previously taking care to call the verb “Nemo.”

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In the second semi-final, Switzerland and Nemo are fighting for a place in the ESC final. However, German commentator Thorsten Schorn makes a mistake. © Alliance image / German Press Agency | Federico Gambarini & Screenshot / ONE / “ESC Semi-Finals”

However, Nemo's online appearance is quite convincing. The Swiss star is considered one of the favorites to win ESC 2024. However, according to the betting odds, there is another ESC participant at the top. Sources used: One; twitter.com