In 2015 he co-hosted Eurovision’s Greatest Hits — the live television concert to mark the 60th anniversary of the song contest. And now the bookies think that Graham Norton is the presenter most likely to host Eurovision 2023 if it takes place in the UK.
The Irish chat show host currently tops the odds at Smarkets, where he’s listed as the favourite with a price of 1.47. He seems the obvious choice. Perhaps the most high-profile of all BBC presenters, he’s been the corporation’s Eurovision commentator since 2009 and fronts his eponymous chat show, which airs on Friday evenings.
He’s not just known in the U.K. either. Will Ferrell gave Graham a cameo in the commentary booth for the 2020 Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, making him the only of the 40 or so national commentators from around Europe and Australia featured in the film.
Eurovision 2023 presenters: Graham Norton favourite in hosting odds
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And while Graham seems the likely choice, he would most likely host with at least one other person. The last time a single host steered the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2013, when Petra Mede had the honour in Malmö.
It’s tight for second with the bookies with three big personalities all in the race: Davina McCall (Big Brother, The Biggest Loser, The Masked Singer, Long Lost Family), Mel Giedroyc (The Great British Bake Off, Mel and Sue, Let It Shine) and Rylan Clark-Neal (Celebrity Gogglebox, Supermarket Sweet, This Morning). All three of them are listed at a price of 2.5.
Both Mel and Rylan have extensive Eurovision experience. She starred in the stage show Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision!, hosted the British national selection Eurovision: You Decide, and commentated alongside Scott Mills in the semi-finals starting with Eurovision 2015.
Rylan, meanwhile, was a regular panelist on Eurovision: You Decide, took over Mel’s role as co-commentator for the semi-finals in 2018, and was the country’s spokesperson in 2019.
TV host AJ Odudu (Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and Married at First Sight: Afters) is down with a price of 3, while cooking show icon Nigella Lawson is listed with a price of 5. Both of them have presented the UK’s Eurovision points, with AJ having had the honour recently in Turin.
Sandwiched between them with a price of 3.5 is the first of three Ukrainians — Timur Miroshnychenko. Timur, you’ll know, is the commentator for Ukraine at the contest. Because of Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine, Timur presented the show from a bomb shelter in May.
His co-hosts during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 — Oleksandr Skichko and Volodymyr Ostapchuk — also appear on the list.
What do you think? Is Graham a shoe-in? Who would you like to see present alongside him? And what about the green room and the press conferences? Let us know down below!