Graham Norton: There will definitely be Eurovision in 2021
- Bang Showbiz
- 8 January 2021
Graham Norton has predicted there will "definitely" be a 'Eurovision Song Contest' this year, after last year's competition was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic
Graham Norton has insisted there will "definitely" be a 'Eurovision Song Contest' this year.
The 57-year-old TV presenter – who has commentated on the international song competition since 2009 – is confident the event will take place on May 22nd in Rotterdam, where last year's spectacle was due to happen before the coronavirus pandemic intervened.
He said: "There’s definitely going to be a Eurovision this year, the competition element is going to happen.
"I think they’re ready for any eventuality. If some countries can’t travel, they can Zoom in a performance. I doubt we’ll be in a stadium full of 20,000 people."
While last year's contest was postponed, the European Broadcasting Union put on 'Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light', which looked back at the history of the competition.
Graham commentated on the show, and admitted he was left in tears by the programme.
Speaking to radio station Sirius XM, he added: "It was kind of reflecting on the history of Eurovision and on what we were all going through and it made me bawl like a baby.
"I don’t know why I found it so moving – I think people were just laughing at me because I’m an old man crying."
What's more, Graham hosted one-off BBC show 'Eurovision: Come Together', which chose the most popular song in the 64-year history of the event.
'Eurovision' experts and broadcasters – including Rylan Clark-Neal, Scott Mills, Ken Bruce, Adele Roberts and Mel Giedroyc, as well as former UK acts SuRie and Nicki French – came together to compile a list of 19 contenders who could take home the prize.
Internet voting decided the winner, with Swedish group ABBA's hit 'Waterloo' taking the crown after triumphing in the 1974 Contest.