The 2016 Eurovision final is set to take place in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday (14 May). And what you’ve always wanted to know is, of course: how do the contestants compare to their national climate change ministers?
Just a few weeks ago, U.S. president Barack Obama joked how Europeans “vote for different singers on Eurovision,” before saying the historic Paris Agreement on climate change “wouldn’t have happened” without a united Europe.
The Daily Planet already brought you an overview of the European Union’s 28 climate change ministers – in charge of making sure their countries ratify the agreement ASAP – and their social media accounts. Today, we bring you the EU’s national climate change ministers versus their Eurovision counterparts, in photos.
The upshot? Some ministers look more like their national Eurovision contestants than others, and both groups are a relatively diverse bunch as far as gender and fashion style goes. United in diversity, as the EU’s motto goes!
Who will win the contest, and will it be someone from one of the 28 EU countries? Watch the grand final online and keep an eye on our EU climate change minister Twitter list to see if they’re all tweeting about it like Malta’s minister.
More than 200 million people are expected to tune in to the Grand Finale on 14 May at 21:00 Swedish time (that’s CET), but there’s also still time to catch the second half finale which is on tonight (12 May) at 21:00.
Austrian minister Andrä Rupprechter vs. Austria’s Eurovision contestant ZOË.
Belgian minister Marie Christine Marghem vs. Belgium’s Eurovision contestant Laura Tesoro.
Bulgarian minister Ivelina Vesselinova Vassileva vs. Bulgaria’s Eurovision contestant Poli Genova.
Croatian minister Slaven Dobrović vs. Croatia’s Eurovision contestant Nina Kraljić.
Cypriot minister Nicos Kouyialis vs. Cypriot Eurovision contestant Minus One.
Czech minister Richard Brabec vs. Czech Eurovision contestant Gabriela Gunčíková.
Danish minister Esben Lunde Larsen vs. Denmarks Eurovision contestants Lighthouse X.
Estonian minister Marko Pomerants vs. Estonian Eurovision contestant Jüri Pootsmann.
Finnish minister Kimmo Tiilikainen vs. Finland’s Eurovision contestant Sandhja.
French minister Ségolène Royal vs. France’s Eurovision contestant Amir.
German minister Barbara Hendricks vs. Germany’s Eurovision contestant Jamie-Lee.
Greek minister Giannis Tsironis vs. Greece’s Eurovision contestant Argo.
Hungarian minister Miklós Seszták (credit: MTI/Kovács Attila) vs. Hungary’s Eurovision contestant Freddie.
Irish minister Alan Kelly and Ireland’s Eurovision contestant Nicky Bryne.
Italian minister Gian Luca Galletti vs. Italy’s Eurovision contestant Francesca Michielin.
Latvian minister Kaspars Gerhards (credit: Ivars Bušmanis) vs. Latvia’s Eurovision contestant Justs.
Lithuanian minister Kęstutis Trečiokas (credit: BFL / A. Ufartas) vs. Lithuania’s Eurovision contestant Donny Montell.
Although it has taken part 37 times since the song festival was first organised in 1956, the last time Luxembourg took part in the contest was 1993.
Here’s Luxembourg’s Carole Dieschbourg (credit: gouvernement.lu) vs. Luxembourg’s 1993 entry Modern Times (who are now not so modern anymore).
Maltese minister Leo Brincat vs. Malta’s Eurovision contestant Ira Losco.
Brincat appears to already have a keen interest in the Maltese contestant, tweeting that her entry is Grammy Award material.
— leo brincat (@LeoBrincat) May 10, 2016
Dutch minister Sharon Dijksma (credit: niw.nl) vs. the Dutch Eurovision contestant, Douwe Bob.
Polish minister Jan Szyszko vs. Poland’s Eurovision contestant Michał Szpak.
Portugal has withdrawn from the 2016 competition. Speculation is that it’s due to frosty relationships with the Swedish hosts.
Here’s João Pedro Soeiro de Matos Fernandes (Credit: economico.sapo.pt) vs. Portugal’s 2015 Eurovision contestant Leonor Andrade.
Eurovision reports that Romania is no longer entitled to take part due to a repeated non-payment of debts.
Here’s Romanian minister Cristiana Pașca Palmer vs. Romania’s 2015 Eurovision candidates Voltaj.
Slovakia has not taken part in Eurovision since 2012, citing financial constraints.
Here is Slovakian minister László Solymos (credit: SME) vs. Slovakia’s 2012 Eurovision entry Max Jason Mai.
Slovenian minister Irena Majcen (credit: Leon Vidic/Delo) vs. Slovenia’s Eurovision contestant ManuElla.
Spanish minister Isabel García Tejerina (credit: Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente) vs. Spain’s Eurovision contestant Barei.
Swedish minister Åsa Romson vs. Sweden’s Eurovision contestant Frans.
UK minister Amber Rudd vs. UK Eurovision contestants Joe and Jake.
Photo credit for singers: Eurovision. Photo credit ministers: their social media channels.
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