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Graham Norton pays emotional tribute to Sir Terry Wogan

Sir Terry Wogan was the BBC's Eurovision Song Contest commentator before Graham Norton Credit: Katie Collins / PA

Graham Norton has paid an emotional tribute to late broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan during the Eurovision Song Contest.

Sir Terry was the BBC's Eurovision commentator for almost 35 years, and as Sweden's entry took to the stage for the ninth song, Mr Norton - who took over the job in 2009 - said the contest was a "bittersweet" moment, as it was the first since Sir Terry's death.

He said: "Eight years ago, when I was lucky enough to get this job of commentating, Sir Terry very kindly and graciously phoned me, and the only bit of advice he had for me was 'Don't have a drink before song nine'."

"So while the crowd here in the Globe Arena cheer on their home boy, I would urge you back in the UK at home to raise a cup, a mug, a glass, whatever you have in front of you, and give thanks for the man who was, and always will be, the voice of Eurovision, Sir Terry Wogan. Sir Terry, this is song nine," he added.


Fans arrive in Stockholm for Eurovision Song Contest

Fans have been gathering in Stockholm ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The competition takes place in the city's Globe Arena, following Måns Zelmerlöw's win last year.

Organisers are expecting a global audience of 200 million viewers to tune in - from Australia and New Zealand to China and the United States, where the final is being broadcast live for the first time in both countries.

There are 26 finalists this year and include the UK entry 'You're Not Alone', by Joe and Jake.

John and Gary from Manchester smile in front of the Globen Arena prior to the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm Credit: AP Photo/Martin Meissner
Eurovision fans walk to the Globen Arena Credit: AP Photo/Martin Meissner
Eurovision fans from Sweden pose in front of the Globen Arena Credit: AP Photo/Martin Meissner


Swedish singer 'happy and proud' of Eurovision win

Sweden's Eurovision Song Contest winner Mans Zelmerlow has said he is "proud and happy" with his victory in the competition.

Speaking at a news conference in Vienna after receiving the trophy for his song 'Heroes', the 28-year-old singer and TV presenter said he could not believe that he had won.

Sweden has won the 60th Eurovision Song Contest

Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Credit: Reutrers/Leonhard Foeger

Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow has won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, beating Russia and Italy in the long-running TV music show.

Finalists from 27 countries took part in the competition which was held at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria.

The 28-year-old singer and TV presenter performed the winning electro-pop ballad 'Heroes', dancing in front of a black screen with animated gnomes.

Sweden last won the 60-year-old competition in 2012.

Listen to Sweden's winning entry below:

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