Benidorm actress Hannah Waddington apparently couldn’t resist a cheeky dig at Amanda Holden as she explained the voting rules in the first of the Eurovision’s two semi-finals last night.
The 48-year-old actress joined Alesha Dixon and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina on stage last night for the show, and detailed the rules in French, prompting viewers to look back to last year’s contest, which saw Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda present the votes for the UK via video link to Italy.
Hannah said: “You see Europe, some of us Brits do bother to learn another language,” which sparked discussions on social media about whether Hannah was having a dig at Amanda and poking fun at the awkward 2022 moment, when she said: “Bon soir. Goedenavond. That is ‘good evening’ in French and Dutch although I’ve got absolutely no idea which is which.”
“Hannah Waddingham throwing shade at Amanda Holden already?! I love her so much!!!! #Eurovision,” one quipped on Twitter last night, with another adding: “Hannah Waddingham throwing Amanda Holden under Le bus, quality shade #Eurovision.”
A third declared: “Hannah throwing SHADE at Amanda Holden is iconic,” and another said: “Hannah Waddingham flexes how she can speak French and makes a comment that I think is supposed to be interpreted as shade towards Amanda Holden.”
Last night’s first semi-final saw Ireland kicked out of the contest and fail to qualify for the big final set to take place in Liverpool this weekend. Dublin band Wild Youth represented the country and was one of the five acts eliminated during the first live semi-final of the week at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
Graham Norton will join the gang for the big final on Saturday, with Radio 2 DJs Scott Mills and Rylan Clark also in the mix to present all things Eurovision from Liverpool.
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