Amanda Holden ‘honoured’ to deliver UK’s Eurovision 2021 results as song contest returns

Amanda Holden ‘honoured’ to deliver UK’s Eurovision 2021 results as song contest returns
Amanda Holden ‘honoured’ to deliver UK’s Eurovision 2021 results as song contest returns
Amanda Holden is Eurovision 2021’s United Kingdom spokesperson and will deliver the results live from London (Picture: Getty/Rex)

Amanda Holden has spoken of her joy at being the spokesperson for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The actress, 50, will be tasked with delivering the country’s results live from London.

Television talent judge Amanda said: ‘What an honour to announce the UK’s votes this year. I’m utterly thrilled.’

Graham Norton is to return as the commentator this year after last year’s contest was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The broadcaster, 58, will host the coverage on BBC One, where he will be commentating live from Rotterdam.

It is the 12th time Graham has hosted the channel’s coverage of the competition.

Graham Norton
Graham Norton will return as the contest’s commentator for the UK (Picture: Matt Baron/REX)

He said: ‘I’m so excited for Eurovision to return, after the past year we’ve had it’s exactly the kind of joy the world needs.

‘The UK have a great entry with James Newman and Embers, it’s a banger and represents everything that Eurovision is.

‘It’s arguably the best night of the year and I can’t wait – bring it on.’

Meanwhile, Ken Bruce, 70, will present BBC Radio 2’s coverage of the competition.

The broadcaster said: ‘Radio 2 is getting right behind Eurovision 2021 with shows galore to delight all the fans.

‘We’re all so delighted the competition is back this year.

‘On the night I’ll be presenting the live show from my hot seat at Wogan House – bringing listeners all the entries, all the drama and, of course, the ultimate winner. Will it be the UK’s year to finally win again? I can’t wait to find out.’

Rylan Clark-Neal, Scott Mills and Chelcee Grimes will host the semi-finals live on BBC Four on May 18 and 20 before the final on May 22.

A live audience will be present this year with a maximum of 3,500 spectators with negative Covid tests present at any time in the Ahoy Arena, which has a capacity for nearly 16,500 people.

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