Graham Norton, heavily tipped to replace legendary Sir Terry Wogan in the BBC commentator's booth at the Eurovision Song Contest, has dismissed the speculations as rumours as he has not been approached by the BBC on that and feels confident Terry will be back.
Terry Wogan stated clearly after the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade that he may be stepping down and ever since then his successor's identity has been a topic of great interest among fans and not. Graham Norton, the hugely popular chat show host and entertainer, who lately hosted the 2008 Eurovision Dance Contest and will be fronting the UK's 2009 selection series of shows Your country needs you on BBC One, was the hot favourite for the position but he dismisses the talks as "rumours". "Noone has talked to me about that", Graham said in a recent interview with ITN, "the only thing I've done for Eurovision is the Dance Contest with Claudia and then Andrew (Lloyd Webber) is writing a song and finding some singers, and I go "Ladies and gentlemen this is Andrew Lloyd Webber, that's my job."
Graham feels confident that Sir Terry will be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest after all since he figures he will be satisfied with the voting changes announced by the EBU, the introduction of the jury vote in the final that is. "Its a really hard gig to take over from Terry because he is genius at it and has so made it his own. I think they are changing the voting a bit next year so I'm sure he'll be back." Graham concludes.
You can watch Graham Norton discuss the issue here.
You can read about Sir Terry Wogan discussing his possible Eurovision retirement here.
Graham Norton on Andy Abrahams and Sir Terry