Eurovision is so Graham Norton – and he can’t wait to host the first UK final in 25 years.
The chat show host, 60, has been the Eurovision Song Contest’s commentator for Britain since 2009, but usually has to travel to a continental city to do it – and admits that being in the UK has left him slightly discombobulated.
“I am so looking forward to it,” grins Graham. “I don’t know what it’s going to be like – I still can’t quite get my head around that it’s going to be in the UK, and it’s going to be in Liverpool. It’s terrifying!”
One person who isn’t worried about it being in Merseyside is our entrant, Mae Muller, 25, who hopes her track I Wrote A Song will score more than “nul points”.
“I’ve been to Liverpool a few times,” says Mae. “I was there when I was supporting Little Mix on tour, and we did two shows at the arena. I’m looking forward to going back.
“It’s such a huge honour to be able to represent my own country, where I’ve lived all my life, and the fact we’re hosting it this year just feels extra special.”
Mae already has a huge following on social media, but Graham believes Eurovision will launch her career much further than TikTok or YouTube ever could. He says, “It’s interesting Sam Ryder was this YouTube star, and he thought he was famous until he did Eurovision – now he’s really famous. It’s a different kind of fame.”
Graham turned 60 this year, but he has no plans to scale down his hosting of either Eurovision or his hit BBC chat show to spend more time with his husband, Jonathan McLeod, as he never takes his showbiz achievements for granted.
“I’d be foolish to walk away from the chat show,” says Graham. “But it could go. Tomorrow there could be a new head of BBC TV and they go, ‘Do you know what? Time for a change! Bye bye!’ and you just have to accept that and say ‘You know what? I got a much bigger slice of the pie than I ever hoped I would.’”
Graham surprised fans when he married boyfriend Jonathan in 2022 – and the star admits he was a bit taken aback himself.
“Hopefully getting married will change my life for the better,” laughs Graham. “It’s that weird thing – when you’re not married, and married people talk about being married, they just sound so hideously smug. I am now that smug!
“Jonathan and I had been together for nearly six years and, at my age, to say ‘Til death do us part’ seems more achievable. When you’re in your twenties, that’s a big ask!”
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