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Graham Norton Led A Heartfelt Tribute To Terry Wogan During Eurovision

Norton asked viewers to "raise a glass" for him said it would be a fitting tribute to his late predecessor, who commentated on Eurovision for 35 years.

The BBC's Eurovision host, Graham Norton led a toast to Sir Terry Wogan, who died earlier this year, during the live broadcast of the competition on Saturday.

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"Everyone will be thinking of Terry this year, as will I. Terry's voice is in my head the whole time that I am doing it," Norton said ahead of the show on Saturday, inviting viewers to join him in drinking to Wogan during song number nine.

"This year I am going to be encouraging everyone to raise a glass to the great Sir Terry Wogan when he told me to do it – at song nine."

Norton has provided commentary for the British broadcast of the show since 2008, after Wogan stepped down from the job, which he held for 35 years.

"I don't want to be presiding over yet another debacle," Wogan told the BBC at the time, hinting at his belief that the contest was unfair because nations would vote for political allies, rather than the best songs.

After taking the baton, Norton's narration of the competition has often mirrored Wogan's sassy style.

“Sir Terry’s main advice to me when I took over was, ‘Don’t open your bottle until song nine’. It was very practical advice, very sensible and very him,” Norton said.


Terry Wogan with Bucks Fizz, who won Eurovision in 1981.

Wogan was known to like a drink during the show, and employed the song nine rule so as not to get too drunk.

He liked to poke fun at the often questionable performances, and would sound progressively tipsier throughout the live broadcast.

The ninth song performed on Saturday was Sweden's entry, If I Were Sorry, by Frans.

"Tonight's Eurovision is a bittersweet one for many of us, because of course it is the first contest since the death of Sir Terry Wogan," Norton said during the live broadcast, as Sweden's performance began.

"So whilst the crowd here 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, this is song nine."

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