UK: Wogan to quit Eurovision role?

by Russell Davies 77 views

In an interview published in tomorrow's Radio Times, Sir Terry Wogan has given his strongest indication that he will be stepping down as the BBC's Eurovision Song Contest host after 37 years. The 70-year-old radio and TV presenter has tired of the “political voting” which he feels has determined the outcome of the contest in recent years

"I was considering giving up before Belgrade, and now I have to say I'm very doubtful about ever wanting to do Eurovision again. I've had so much fun, but I think it's time for someone else to take over," he said.
"Days before the show, I knew Russia would win. The fact is, Putin was getting nasty, which means the former satellite states were always going to vote for Russia in order to keep the oil coming."
"It's unfortunate, I suppose, but whereas we have always taken Eurovision with a pinch of salt, the former Eastern Bloc countries are not sufficiently versed in the ways of democracy to realise they are supposed to be voting for a song, not a next-door neighbour."
"The only way the UK will ever regain any respectability is if we get a major British star – Robbie Williams, Take That, God knows there are enough of them – to represent us, and then people will vote for us."