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And the winner is: #Hermandeschermman

There were quite some surprises during the Dutch election night on September 12 – either positively or negatively – and yes, five parties can claim to have won some or a lot of seats. However, the social media winner, soon renamed the swiping king, was the journalist Herman van der Zandt who announced the results for each community using a huge touch screen. With flair, humour and an excellent topographical knowledge he announced the results for every Dutch commune swiping his way through the screen as if he had been doing so since kindergarten, leading to hilarious tweets and the hashtag #Hermandeschermman (Herman the screen man) was born soon,  to become trending topic shortly after. People wondered how many seats he won, wanted him for President, confessed to fancy him, spoke of a 'historical night'  being able to tell their kids about #Hermandeschermman live on TV and called the him the winner of the Dutch elections. Curious? Here  you can see him in action. We have less than two years to find such a good swiper to announce the results of the European elections in June 2014. Let the screen-tests begin!

 

 

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