Naga Munchetty is not here for people thinking the UK could win the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
This year, Sam Ryder will take to the stage in Turin, Italy, where he’ll represent the United Kingdom with his song Space Man.
The track has been well-received by Eurovision fans, with plenty of people getting their hopes up and, let’s face it, optimism is what we need right now after finishing with zero points last year.
However, BBC newsreader Naga called out the competition’s voting system on air, saying she didn’t believe it was a ‘fair process’.
Joined by her BBC Breakfast co host, Charlie Stayt, the pair discussed the grand final this weekend and whether Sam is in with a chance of taking home the title.
Charlie told viewers that the UK’s entry doesn’t, in fact, stand a chance, to which Naga agreed, however, she went on to question the voting to an actual Eurovision correspondent – yikes.
It started when Charlie refused to continue reading the autocue after it said there was ‘growing optimism’ the UK could Eurovision.
‘I am not going to read what it was going to say. I’m not going to say that,’ he said as Naga chuckled.
‘What it says is it might finally be the UK’s year, but we all know that is not going to happen because Ukraine has tipped everything on its head and changed things right?’
‘The UK’s entry Sam Ryder is right up there among the favourites for the final. Now, here is us predicting, what do we know?’, Naga ddded.
BBC’s media and arts correspondent David Sillito then joined the call, live from Italy, where he has been reporting in the build up to the grand final on Saturday.
However, Naga landed herself in hot water when she doubted the voting, saying: ‘That was our speculation about how the voting would go, and I would not say it’s a fair process always, would you?’
David retorted: ‘I would say it is evidently fair, that’s an outrageous slur on poor Eurovision there, it is also entirely unpredictable.’
‘You do not know what is going to go on and what drama we have had at the semi-finals,’ he continued.
‘Poor Ireland, poor, poor Ireland is out. There was such hope they would get through to the final.
‘You have got to remember Ireland is Eurovision royalty having won, I think, seven times.
‘Serbia and Finland were through and they are truly an example of how bizarre Eurovision can be.’
Despite Naga and Charlie feeling pretty pessimistic about the outcome this weekend, David seemed to disagree, saying he thinks it could be the ‘UK’s year.’
‘What I mean by UK’s year is a top 20 finish at least, that’s as far as I am going,’ he explained.
The correspondent said praised this year’s entry Sam, whom he met yesterday.
He said ‘wherever you are in Turin at the moment,’ Space Man keeps playing, and ‘there is a bit of a buzz about it.’
We can only keep our fingers crossed that the voting swings in the UK’s favour this weekend, but Naga and Charlie aren’t the only public figures casting dobt on our chances.
Katrina and the Waves singer Katrina Leskanich has thrown her support behind Sam Ryder, but also doesn’t think he can win, also criticising the voting as ‘political.’
The Walking On Sunshine hitmakers won the 1997 competition – the last time the UK triumphed – with their hit Love Shine A Light, so the 62-year-old pop icon knows a thing or two about lifting the Eurovision trophy.
It’s been 25 years since the UK won Eurovision and the contest took place over here, but Katrina is certain it’ll be at least another 12 months before it comes back again.
‘No, he can’t win. He won’t win. The Ukraine is going to win. It’s political – but it can be a heartfelt political moment. We need to give it to the Ukraine, come on,’ she said on Friday’s episode of This Morning.
Ukraine are currently favourites to win the competition.
The Eurovision Song Contest final airs tomorrow on at 8pm on BBC One and iPlayer.