UNITED KINGDOM – Graham Norton is set to return as the BBC’s commentator at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The presenter will host the coverage of the final on 22 May live from Rotterdam on BBC One. Norton has fronted the UK’s broadcast of the competition ever since taking over from Sir Terry Wogan in 2009.
Ken Bruce will present the audio-only coverage of the competition on BBC Radio 2. He has been the voice of Eurovision on the station since 1988.
Amanda Holden has been confirmed as the UK’s spokesperson and has been tasked with delivering the country’s results live from London, describing the role as “an honour”.
The live semi-finals will be hosted by Scott Mills, Rylan Clark-Neal and Chelcee Grimes on 18 and 20 May on BBC Four.
The UK will be represented by James Newman with his song ‘Embers’. He was due to perform at last year’s Eurovision before it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Norton said: “I’m so excited for Eurovision to return, after the past year we’ve had it’s exactly the kind of joy the world needs. The UK have a great entry with James Newman and Embers, it’s a banger and represents everything that Eurovision is. It’s arguably the best night of the year and I can’t wait – bring it on.”
Bruce commented: “Radio 2 is getting right behind Eurovision 2021 with shows galore to delight all the fans. We’re all so delighted the competition is back this year. On the night I’ll be presenting the live show from my hot seat at Wogan House – bringing listeners all the entries, all the drama and, of course, the ultimate winner. Will it be the UK’s year to finally win again? I can’t wait to find out.”
Television coverage will also be streamed live on the iPlayer.