Is it truly Eurovision if Graham Norton isn’t chiming in with his amazing commentary?
The personality returned to the festivities of Eurovision 2022 – which Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra sensationally won – in the most spectacular fashion tonight, dialling in from Turin, Italy, to delivery UK audiences with the sass.
And for his 13th spin around the Eurovision hosting duties, he did not disappoint.
The show had barely kicked off and Graham was already throwing out the sass as host Laura Pausini took to the stage to perform a medley of songs.
Not knowing whether the performance was over or not, Graham was a bit lost, but the jokes were not lost on us watching from home.
He was only just getting started…
Speaking about Romania act WRS, he made the first of what was to be many jokes about bears of the night, before also mentioning the stomach-baring outfits of the dancers.
‘Oddly one of two bears in the competition, as well as some wolves from Norway [in reference to Subwoolfer].
‘This is the first example of of the great shirt shortage of 2022′, before adding after the performance: ‘The one good shirt, and they ripped that.’
He added with a shot of the audience: ‘Some more bears – I knew there were more.’
In reference to Finland’s Rasmus, after frontman Lauri appeared on stage wearing a yellow raincoat and holding a balloon while staring intently at the camera with a mischievous smirk on his face, Graham spoke of the Pennywise vibes.
With a public service announcement, Graham mused: ‘If you watched the film It and it frightened you a lot, the beginning of this performance may be a little triggering.’
While then contemplating where Finland will place he kept our expectations low adding: ‘I’m not Mystic Meg.’
During the event Graham’s quips about the hosts, Mika, Alessandro Cattelan and singer Laura Pausini, appeared to suggest he took great delight in the sass.
‘The script doesn’t really fly off the page this year. They think of some funny ideas, but don’t really make them funny.’
During one skit, which Graham insisted had been ‘rehearsed’, he quipped: ‘I don’t know what they’re paying him, but it’s not enough.’
Spain’s act Chanel seemed to set social media alight and of course the commentator couldn’t help but poke a cheeky dig at her costume.
Graham said: ‘When you see her, you’ll think “that woman couldn’t be wearing less”, but by the end, she is.
‘I think that’s what you call “sexy”.’
Poland’s Ochman delivered a wildly stirring moment for audiences with song River, but to Graham? Well, Ochman reminded him of someone a littler closer to home.
‘I mean this as a compliment, real Gary Barlow energy,’ he mused, later adding: ‘See, told you, gentleman of pop.’
We’ll take it.
Be that as it may, he wasn’t as taken with the singer’s backing dancers, labelling them ‘real estate chic’: ‘I don’t think he wanted these people.
‘Yeah he didn’t like those dancers.’
A great moment for punters watching on came when Graham appeared to correct Mika in a faux pas while announcing Poland (was it Holland or Poland? It was Poland. Graham said so).
Another year of Eurovision down, another year of Graham Norton greatness.
See you next year.