All across Britain, Eurovision fans awake to the sound of silence. Because, aside from official EBU communications, there hasn’t been a peep from the BBC regarding its plans for the 2021 contest. So, in such circumstances, we’re happy to gobble up whatever morsels we can. Now, we have our first tiny bit of news from Television Centre since May — Graham Norton will remain in his commentating role for 2021.
Graham Norton will continue with Eurovision
This titbit comes as Graham steps aside from his decade-long radio gig. He’ll be leaving his Saturday morning talk show on BBC Radio 2 in December.
But, this doesn’t mean that he’s leaving the BBC. In a statement on Friday 12 November, he confirmed that he’ll be holding on to all of his TV projects with the broadcaster, including his world-famous chat show, his judging role on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and Eurovision.
After thanking his radio colleagues, he says: “Happily with the chat show, Eurovision and Drag Race, the BBC continues to be my perfect TV home”.
It’s not much, but at least the first piece in the UK’s Eurovision 2021 jigsaw appears to have fallen into place.
The UK at Eurovision 2021
Atypically, the BBC has not yet said anything official about the UK’s plans Rotterdam. However, The 2020 series of popular entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing debuted a month later than usual, meaning that the BBC’s publicity team is currently busy promoting that show and may not have the time to focus on Eurovision right now.
In 2020, after four years of national finals, the BBC returned to an internal selection process. In conjunction with the BMG music label, the broadcaster selected James Newman and “My Last Breath” for Eurovision. In the month’s since the contest’s cancellation, the delegation hasn’t given any indication as to whether he’ll be asked back or not.
Many fans have pushed for James’ labelmates Steps to be picked. However, the veteran pop-band have made it perfectly clear that they have no plans to enter the contest.
What do you think the BBC is up to? Will James be back? Let us know below.