UK-based Irish comedian Graham Norton thinks it’s a good idea to have Susan Boyle represent the UK in the Eurovision song contest in the future.
This year’s Eurovision, which is an annual song contest with every country in the continent enters a tune for consideration, takes place Norway this coming Saturday.
Last year the UK finished fifth, not bad considering they came joint last in 2008 and last - all alone- in 2003.
Norton, 47, has been given the role of commentator on Saturday night on BBC One for the Eurovision for a second time.
He replaced fellow Irishman Terry Wogan last year.
On the new role last year, Norton said, “I thought, ‘Oh God – this could be a disaster.’ But it seemed to go without incident and people were quite favorable. So hopefully they won’t be appalled this year either.”
This year the UK's song is "That Sounds Good to Me" sung by Josh Dubovie and written by Pete Waterman.
Norton notes concerns about the song- “I don’t live in a bubble. I’m aware there are some concerns about our song. But in our favor is that because of Alexander Ryback [who won for Norway] last year, a lot of countries have gone for big power ballads with diddly-dee ethnic musical breaks in the middle. So, if nothing else, our song does stand out.”
However Britain is at a disadvantage, he says.
Smaller countries put forward their brightest stars but that's not possible for the UK or is it, he questions.
“Susan Boyle! Send SuBo! She’s got nothing to lose. She’s already been in a singing competition [Britain’s Got Talent, in which she was runner-up]. The worst thing that could happen is she doesn’t win another competition.”
Niamh Kavanagh is representing Ireland in this year's competition.