19 Eurovision Moments To Remember Terry Wogan By

“Spain is next, with a song called ‘Bloody Mary’. That reminds me, I haven’t touched a drop yet.”

1. “Oh look. It’s the ghost of Christmas yet to come. Who knows what hellish future lies ahead? Well actually I do, I’ve seen the rehearsals.”

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2. “Spain’s is next, with a song called ‘Bloody Mary’. That reminds me, I haven’t touched a drop yet.”

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3. “It’s been 29 years since the Netherlands won the Eurovision Song Contest. After this performance, make that 30.”

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4. “The song is called ‘In the Disco’. ‘In the Disco’ it is. It is more of a night out in Stringfellows.”

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5. “This skit must have seemed like a tremendous idea at the time, but actually it’s covering a commercial break for Finnish television. And if you don’t mind me expressing an opinion, I’d prefer the commercials.”

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6. “Now this song is certainly on the experimental side. Four knitting brides of Frankenstein, and a loony with a clothes line.”

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7. “The Polish entry next. There are four girls pretending to play the violin, there’s a huddled figure over a piano, and you haven’t seen teeth like this since The Osmonds.”

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8. “That was France. Gosh, wasn’t that awful?”

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9. “Heavens above. And this is the favourite.”

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10. “Hold on. Be strong. Just cling to the wreckage. It will be over soon.”

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When 24 songs had been performed and there was only one to go.

11. “You can buy this?! These are for sale?!”

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When the Greek hosts tried to flog Eurovision DVDs in 2006.

12. “I’ve seen this. This goes on for quite some time, so if you fancy making yourself a stiff drink, or putting the kettle on, or walking the dog, this is the time to do it.”

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At the start of the “interval” performance at the 2009 Eurovision in Belgrade.

13. “Points for neighbours, eh? That’s a breakthrough.”

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After Latvia gave Sweden 8 points and then Russia 10.

14. “And Ukraine just wanted to be absolutely sure that the oil and the electricity rolls through.”

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After Ukraine gave Russia 12 points in 2008.

15. “I’m trying to remind myself of Serbia and Montenegro’s song. What in hell’s name was it? 109 points? I wouldn’t have given them one.”

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16. “Is this supposed to be funny? No, of course not – it is the Eurovision Song Contest. What’s the matter with me?”

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During a skit in the green room in 2007.

17. “Can we please watch the commercials?”

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In 2008 he summed up this part of the show with this comment: “Why are these green room moments such an unmitigated disaster?”

18. “Are you related to the director general of Swedish television?”

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When Sweden was terrible at telling us what their votes were.

19. “It’s been a wonderful, wonderful evening. I mean, not musically of course, but in terms of spectacle…”

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Scott Bryan is a TV editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London. Contact this reporter at: scott.bryan@buzzfeed.com
 
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