Wogan on Eurovision: "Leave while you're in love"

Wogan on Eurovision: "Leave while you're in love"
Terry Wogan. Photo: BBC
London, United Kingdom -

"I shall be sitting back at home with a dish of tea, cheering them on with word and gesture. There are exits and entrances and timing is very important. Leave while you're in love," former UK Eurovision Song Contest commentator Terry Wogan said in an interview with the BBC's Colin Paterson.

About his successor, two-times Eurovision Dance Contest host Graham Norton, Wogan said: "Terrific choice - he's witty, he's sharp, he's quick. He'll be perfect for it."

In his 'goodbye-interview', Wogan is traditionally critical towards the competition, the new reality of an expanding Europe and a growing Eurovision Song Contest. Meanwhile, the controversial commentator underlined that those changes were not the reason to leave.

Wogan, one of the BBC's most prominent radio- and television hosts, took place in the Eurovision Song Contest commentary booth for the first time in 1971. One of his more famous lines: "You cannot watch this contest without a drink!" At the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest, he sparked controversy after referring to the hosts of the show as "Doctor Death and the Tooth Fairy".

In 2009, Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber will write the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Without having heard the song and with no performer chosen yet, Wogan is already optimistic about the country's chance in Moscow: I think it's an opportune time for me to leave because it might be the UK's turn next year."

You can read the full interview with Sir Terry Wogan on the BBC website.

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  • Posted on 18 January 2009 at 18:45
    Good riddance!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 December 2008 at 13:47
    He gave everyone who was watching Eurovision in the UK a smile! I think Graham Norton would be a great commentator not as great as Terry Wogan report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 December 2008 at 14:05
    Long overdue! I know people like him making fun, but the contest will never be taken seriously in the UK while the host presenter is poking fun. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 December 2008 at 15:30
    I notice that the encroachment of English, in the European Song Contest increases year by year.

    I would comment, as a native English speaker,that this both undemocratic and unethical. Perhaps the time has come to break the habit of "English imperialism" in the European Song Contest, and use a song, sung in Esperanto instead!

    This is a serious suggestion, as you can see from the Esperanto music which is already available at http://www.vinilkosmo.com/?prs=listen or at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8837438938991452670 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 December 2008 at 03:17
    aaaaaaawwwwwww, shame Wogans leaving. I though perhaps Graham Nortan and Wogan could have done it together? oh well, thats life, gotta move on as they say.

    LONG LIVE WOGAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! report to the moderator