Eurovision 2015: Graham Norton hints Germany will host next if 'nonsense' Australia entry wins

Norton will return as BBC commentator for the annual song contest on 23 May

Jess Denham
Monday 11 May 2015 11:13 BST
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Graham Norton will be back commentating for the Eurovision Song Contest in May
Graham Norton will be back commentating for the Eurovision Song Contest in May (PA)

Graham Norton has given his verdict on Australia joining the Eurovision Song Contest and decided that the whole thing is “nonsense”.

The popular TV presenter will return as BBC commentator for the annual sing-off on 23 May, a job he has held since 2008 when Terry Wogan stepped down.

But while he’s looking forward to heading to Vienna later this month, Norton is not best impressed with the lack of upbeat numbers and the inclusion of Australia.

“There are lots of ballads. There aren’t as many kitschy novelty acts, even in the semi-finals,” he told reporters at the Bafta Television Awards, adding that he has “doesn’t understand” why Australia will be among the contenders.

“It’s a nonsense,” he said. “The one thing the contest doesn’t need is another song.”

Eurovision bosses invited Australia to take part as a one-off to mark the contest’s 60th anniversary, the theme for which is Building Bridges.

“It’s a daring and at the same time incredibly exciting move,” said Jon Ola Sand, Eurovision executive supervisor. “It’s our way of saying let’s celebrate this party together.”

Australia has been broadcasting Eurovision for decades and has a loyal fan base who watch it every year. The Australian public will be allowed to vote in the 2015 semi-finals and grand final, along with the other 39 participating countries from Europe.

Former Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian has been selected as their best chance for victory and will be singing “Like A Drum”.

Australian Eurovision entry Guy Sebastian
Australian Eurovision entry Guy Sebastian (Respective broadcasters)

Norton hinted at the Baftas that, should Australia beat all their European rivals and triumph, Germany would host Eurovision in 2016.

Electro Velvet will represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision this year and are determined to “make us proud” with “Still In Love With You”.

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