Graham Norton will host the Eurovision: Come Together special to share a ‘look at what would have been’ as part of the new BBC programme range.
On May 16, talk show host and comedian Graham Norton will be bringing back acts that previously competed in the competition as the BBC teased, “The show will feature classic Eurovision performances, a look at what would have been in 2020 and entertaining interviews, including this year’s UK entry James Newman.”
The BBC have recently announced a new range of programmes to keep audience members entertained amid COVID-19 concerns. In the last few weeks, numerous festivals and events, such as Eurovision, Pride, and Glastonbury, have declared that they will be postponed. The TV specials are a great initiative to fill in for these amazing experiences so no one loses out on the celebrations.
BBC announces a range of programmes that will bring the nation together and provide great British entertainment during these difficult times, feat: @TheGNShow, @PeterCrouch, @haveigotnews, @THEVIVIENNEUK, #TheMashReport and more: https://t.co/qiYP5EqmNr pic.twitter.com/zr1gPtGlWh
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) March 24, 2020
BBC Media Centre wrote, “Over the coming weeks there will be something for everyone to enjoy as we give audiences the choice to escape and be entertained. With so many of the UK’s big events cancelled, the BBC will connect people virtually and give them something to look forward to from the comfort of their own homes.”
Graham Norton shared his excitement over hosting Eurovision: Come Together on Twitter, “Exciting news alert!! We can’t come last in this one, can we??”
Exciting news alert!! We can't come last in this one, can we?? https://t.co/AUPA48VFBB
— graham norton (@grahnort) March 24, 2020
Director-General Tony Hall stated, “The BBC is determined to do all it can to raise a smile and keep the country entertained during these testing times. We have lots of great shows already recorded, but we have also found ways to keep many other shows going so that the familiar faces people love will still be in their living rooms in the weeks and months ahead. I think that is incredibly important.”
On March 18, the European Broadcasting Union announced the Eurovision contest would be cancelled. However, the organisation promised that they are working on releasing a special later in the year. Producers said, “The EBU is very aware of how much the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be missed this year.”
“The EBU and its members are therefore currently exploring alternative programming, but not a competition, to help unite and entertain audiences around Europe during these challenging times.”
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