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Graham Norton: Eurovision will be ‘quite straight’ this year

Nick Duffy May 6, 2015

Graham Norton has predicted that the Eurovision Song Contest will be “straight” this year.

The TV host – who has commentated on the Eurovision Grand Final since 2009 – made the prediction to the Radio Times, following the victory of drag artist Conchita Wurst last year.

He predicted that the show – which will be held in Vienna on May 23 – will not be a camp spectacular in 2015.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Norton said: “It’ll be interesting this year – I think it’s going to be quite a straight contest.

“Austria are taking it quite seriously, they’re delighted to have it. And there are lots and lots of ballads this year. There aren’t that many upbeat songs.”

He added: “Conchita was really special, that night was just great.

“We’ll see if that can be replicated this year, I doubt it can be because it was just – I don’t know, it’s stupid, it’s a singing competition, who actually cares?

“On the night it was sort of moving and lovely.”

He also joked that his facial hair was a tribute to the bearded drag diva, saying: “It’s my tribute to Conchita.”

He added: “Basically I’m very lazy so I never shave unless I have to. There wasn’t any posh dinner or any reason to shave so after about three weeks I had sort of a beard – so I went to a beard shop and they cut it into a beard shape, and now it’s a beard.

“My beard apparently does have it’s own Twitter account,” he added. “I don’t think it has said a lot.”

The Eurovision semi-finals are set to be held on May 19 and 21, with Great British Bake-Off judge Mel Giedroyc joining Scott Mills for the commentary.

The UK’s entry, Electro Velvet’s ‘Still In Love With You’, has previously been compared to a vintage waffle ad.

More: camp, contest, England, eurovision, eurovision song contest, Gay, Graham Norton, LGBT, Straight

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