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Emotional Graham Norton ‘all over the place’ as Eurovision returns to screens

Graham Norton appeared to choke up as he welcomed back the Eurovision Song Contest for the 65th competition on Saturday night.

As the host for the UK on BBC One, Graham confessed he was “emotional” as were many of those there as the ceremony kicked off for the first time since 2019.

Eurovision made its defiant return on Saturday night, a year on from it being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2021 finale was held live from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, who won back in 2019, and everyone was ready for things to begin.

Graham was quick to welcome viewers to the show, before apologising in advance for any crying he may do.

Graham Norton appeared to choke up as he welcomed back the Eurovision Song Contest for the 65th competition

He said: “Welcome back to Eurovision. Yes after a long two years we bring you the grand final of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest.

“Tonight we are live in Rotterdam… finally we are here.”

He then laughed, interrupting his commentary, before confessing: “It’s a really emotional night. If I start blubbing at any time, I apologise. I’m all over the place.

Eurovision 2021's UK host Graham Norton confessed it was good to be back
Eurovision 2021’s UK host Graham Norton confessed it was good to be back

“Such a joy and celebration here that this contest is back on and we’re all together here tonight.”

UK artist James Newman is one of 26 performers taking to the stage live on air, hoping to storm to victory.

For the UK viewing, Graham was back to voice the competition for the BBC like previous years.

UK artist James Newman is one of 26 performers taking to the stage live on air, hoping to storm to victory
UK artist James Newman is one of 26 performers taking to the stage live on air, hoping to storm to victory

Viewers were ready and waiting for his hilarious commentary, and his usual mockery and digs at the hosts and performers – but this might not be the case this time around.

More than anything, they, like Graham, were just happy to have the competition back on air after a year away.

It has been confirmed James will be performing for the UK in ninth position before it kicked off, performing after Serbia.

The live final of Eurovision 2021 airs all evening on BBC One.



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