Eurovision 2019: Sir Terry Wogan’s best bits
Even after his passing in 2016, Sir Terry Wogan will always remain synonymous with the Eurovision Song Contest. The former radio host and TV presenter provided the UK commentary for the popular show for over three decades, before stepping down from his role in 2008.
In that time, Wogan has seen his fair share of the weird and wonderful, the outrageous and the damn-right confusing. Wogan never held back with his thoughts and opinions and more often than not, was the star of the show in his own right. Here, we take a look at some of his best bits but before we do, check out the 2019 Eurovision on Betfair Exchange.
When Sweden had trouble with their votes
“Are you related to the director general of Swedish television?”
The green room confusion
“Why are these green room moments such an unmitigated disaster? Can we please watch the commercials?”
More green room questioning
“Is this supposed to be funny? No, of course not – it is the Eurovision Song Contest. What’s the matter with me?”
Didn’t think much of Serbia and Montenegro performance
“I’m trying to remind myself of Serbia and Montenegro’s song. What in hell’s name was it? 109 points? I wouldn’t have given them one.”
Ukraine gave Russia 12 points in 2008
“And Ukraine just wanted to be absolutely sure that the oil and the electricity rolls through.”
Latvia playing nice with their neighbours
“Points for neighbours, eh? That’s a breakthrough.”
Not impressed with ‘Interval’s” performance
“I’ve seen this. This goes on for quite some time, so if you fancy making yourself a stiff drink, or putting the kettle on, or walking the dog, this is the time to do it.”
Not a fan of DVD’s, or the Eurovision!
“You can buy this?! These are for sale?!”
24 songs in, boredom overtakes
“Hold on. Be strong. Just cling to the wreckage. It will be over soon.”
France setting him off
“That was France. Gosh, wasn’t that awful?”
Poland pulling no punches
“The Polish entry next. There are four girls pretending to play the violin, there’s a huddled figure over a piano, and you haven’t seen teeth like this since The Osmonds.”
No-good Netherlands
“It’s been 29 years since the Netherlands won the Eurovision Song Contest. After this performance, make that 30.”
Lordi’s 2006 win
“Every year I expect it to be less foolish, and every year it is more so.”
The definition of the Eurovision Song Contest
“That’s the whole point of it, of course, to sneer at the foreigners.”
Wogan’s views on the Danish hosts in 2001
“Doctor Death and the Tooth Fairy.”
Wogan’s views after 25 years of hosting
“Every year I go to see it and every year I say: ‘Isn’t it terrible? It’s worse than last year!’”
When asked on the contest in 1997
“It’s supposed to be bad. And the worse it is, the more fun it is.”
Wogan’s overall verdict on the contest prior to stepping down
“I don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s a major musical event. I love the Eurovision Song Contest and it will continue long after I’m gone. Just please don’t ask me to take it seriously.”

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