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Australia's Eurovision entry is 'nonsense', says Graham Norton

Clarissa Waldron

Published 12/05/2015 | 07:36

Graham Norton
Graham Norton

Chat show king Graham Norton has described Australia's inclusion in this year's Eurovision Song Contest as "nonsense".

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"The one thing the contest doesn't need is another song," he said on the red carpet at the BAFTA awards in London.

Norton, who won the Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme award for The Graham Norton Show, said he "doesn't understand" why Australia is a contender.

Known for his cheeky presentation style, it was the sixth time he has won a BAFTA.

Before the event, which he was hosting, he gave his verdict on the standard of entries in this year's Eurovision.

"There are lots of ballads competing. There aren't as many kitschy novelty acts, even in the semi-finals," he said.

Australian television channels have shown Eurovision for decades, and the country has been invited to participate in a once- off this year to mark the song contest's 60th anniversary.

Its inclusion brings the total number of countries represented to 40.

Norton hazarded a guess that, should Australia triumph and beat all its European rivals, Germany would host Eurovision next year.

 

This year's theme is Building Bridges, and the song representing Ireland is Playing with Numbers sung by Molly Sterling from Co Tipperary.

The semi-finals will be held on May 19 and 21.

The grand final takes place on May 23 in Vienna, with last year's winner, bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst (inset), signed up to interview this year's hopefuls in the green room.

 

Norton has provided the BBC's irreverent commentary for the Eurovision final since 2008, following fellow Irishman Terry Wogan's departure.

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