Jack Whitehall wins rave reviews as he stands in for Graham Norton

The comedian guest-presented the BBC chat show while Norton prepared for Eurovision

Jack Whitehall on Graham Norton Show, YouTube

Jack Whitehall had big shoes to fill when he signed on to guest present the Graham Norton Show. The BBC1 chat series is wildly popular with viewers – and the celebrities it features – but for the very first time, its host was absent from a recording as Norton prepped for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Instead, it was Whitehall tasked with stringing together a jovial conversation between a sofa of disparate celebs unlikely to have met before.

The line-up included actors Gwendoline Christie and Luke Evans, fellow comedian and children’s book writer David Walliams, footballer Peter Crouch and up-and-coming singer Sam Fender – and Whitehall more than pulled it off. So much so that some viewers were tipping him for his own rival talk show…

Kirstie Allsop and Alex Jones were won over:

As were plenty of other viewers, some a little surprised by just how much they enjoyed seeing Whitehall at the wheel…

Of course, it’s not the first time Whitehall has demonstrated his hosting abilities – he won praise from viewers and critics alike for presenting the Brit Awards for the past two years.

He’s also found some success in Hollywood, appearing in Mother’s Day and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and bagging roles in Jungle Cruise (opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and Amazon’s upcoming Good Omens.

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But if he ever needs someone to bring him back down to Earth with a bump, he can always rely on his father…