Eurovision: Graham Norton’s funniest moments

Acerbic wit is the number-one job requirement for the UK’s Eurovision commentator. Here are his finest quips since he took the mic in 2009.

The late Sir Terry Wogan set the tone for poking fun at Eurovision Song Contest acts during his 28 years commentating for the UK, and Graham Norton has carried the baton as his replacement since 2009.

Viewers look forward every year to the hilariously cutting comments that comedian Graham has to offer and we’re sure that 2018 will be no exception.

Take a look back at some of Graham’s funniest critiques over the years.

1. Albania's 2009 entry

“The bad news is, you’re about to watch Albania. She’s only 17, so please bear that in mind. Where was her mother? Why didn’t she step in and say no?”

2. Serbia's 2010 entry

"That was song eight. That song wasn't longer than the other songs. It just felt longer."

3. Russia's 2012 entry

"It's an unusual Eurovision this year in that there's a lot of songs that are really quite good and brilliantly sung. The next song is not one of those."

4. Albania's 2012 entry

"She can do extraordinary things with her voice, not pleasant things, but extraordinary. If you've got dogs or small children in the room, you might want to put them out of earshot."

5. Ireland's 2013 entry

"Good news for the Irish economy. I can reveal they have discovered oil there! Sadly it's baby oil and further bad news, they've used all of it on their dancers."

6. Azerbaijan's 2015 entry

"This is actually quite a good song but you may not notice, because you'll be distracted by the... well, let's call them dancers. At points you might think they've had a bad oyster, but truly it's choreographed."

7. Albania's 2015 entry

"OK, it's three minutes we're never going to get back. But put it this way, we're never going to have to hear that again."

8. Germany's 2016 entry

"Maybe I'm just old and grumpy but there isn't a single thing about this woman that doesn't annoy me. Here's Jamie-Lee, making Bjork seem great."

9. Hungary's 2016 entry

"If it doesn't work out for him, he's always got his Hotel Management degree. I feel he's going to use it."

10. Ukraine's 2017 contest hosts

“This year’s theme is celebrating diversity. Let’s see who they’ve chosen to host. Oh. It’s three white men.”

11. Spain's 2017 entry

"Ooh, some dodgy notes in there. I wonder if there's something going wrong technically. Or maybe, he's not great."

12. Hungary's 2017 entry

"Oh, and in case you are wondering, there hasn't been a stage invader. She is a fully trained dancer. She is meant to be there."

13. Spain's 2018 entry

As the couple declared their love to each other through song on stage: "I give it a month."

He wasn't too far wrong, as Alfred and Amaia split up around six months later.

The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final takes place on Saturday, May 18 at 8pm on BBC One.

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