Graham Norton won't drink at Eurovision start

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 May 2012
Graham Norton

Graham Norton

Graham Norton always stops himself from drinking alcohol while commentating on the 'Eurovision Song Contest' until the eighth performance

Graham Norton never drinks before the eighth performance on the 'Eurovision Song Contest'.

The Irish presenter took over as the commentator on the annual singing show from Terry Wogan in 2009, and he reveals the only recommendation he made to him was to avoid getting drunk too early, and it is a suggestion he has kept to.

He said: "The only advice Terry Wogan gave me was don't have a drink before song eight. I've stuck to that. Song eight is always a highlight now."

Despite being stuck in a small commentary booth for the duration of the show - which this year takes place in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku - and not being seen by television audiences, Graham still wears a suit because he likes to look smart for the after party later.

He added in a promotional video for the BBC: "The commentary booths vary from year to year. Sometimes small. Sometimes smaller. It's usually very hot because they are so high up. If there is air conditioning it has to be turned off because it's so noisy.

"Oddly I do wear a suit. Because I feel like I'm at work. And I go to the party later so I do want to look smart. You don't want to do it in jogging bottoms."

This year the UK is represented by Engelbert Humperdinck with the song 'Love Will Set You Free'.

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