Graham Norton made an emotional tribute to Sir Terry Wogan during last night’s Eurovision Song Contest, the first since the veteran broadcaster’s death.
“Eight years ago, when I was lucky enough to get this job of commentating, Sir Terry very kindly and graciously phoned me, and the only bit of advice he had for me was ‘Don’t have a drink before song nine’,” Norton said as Sweden took to the stage, Sir Terry Wogan having been the BBC’s Eurovision commentator for more than thirty years.
“So while the crowd here in the Globe Arena cheer on their home boy, I would urge you back in the UK at home to raise a cup, a mug, a glass, whatever you have in front of you, and give thanks for the man who was, and always will be, the voice of Eurovision, Sir Terry Wogan. Sir Terry, this is song nine,” he added.
Viewers joined in in their droves, as well as praising Norton for the thoughtful mention.