Terry Wogan may have retired from his Eurovision commentating duties for BBC in 2009, but the man renowned for his snide remarks (in 2001 he described the hosts as Doctor Death and the Tooth Fairy), has not left the contest behind completely.
Reviewing Graham Norton’s (the UK’s current commentator) autobiography for The Irish Times, the septuagenarian throws some indirect shade Conchita’s way. Speaking of Norton’s approach to the show, he writes:
I’m bound to say that the Bearded Lady who won this year, reducing Graham to tears, might have had a slightly different effect on me. I’ve always seen the Eurovision as a sometimes foolish farce, but not as a freak show.
Pass the aloe vera. Oh wait, the juice from bitter old lemons doesn’t burn.
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Snarkyness aside, Wogan does acknowledge that the job of UK commentator was
a plum role. Actually, every presenter and stand-up comedian in the country would have killed for the gig.
Given the perceived attitude of everyday Brits towards the contest, this comes as a pleasant surprise. The fact that Norton’s biggest rival for the post was fellow chatshow-king Jonathan Ross helps quash the fiction that the UK public are indifferent.
So what do y’all think of Sir Terry’s input? Should the man who presented “the magnificently awful thing since God was a boy” just stay quite? Or do y’all appreciate his comments?