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Graham Norton brands the Eurovision Song Contest as unfair

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 20/05/2019 Ciara Walsh
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Graham Norton has officially lashed out at the Eurovision on Sunday night, branding it as unfair after the UK’s Michael Rice finished at the bottom of the leader board.

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Michael, 21, only managed to nab 16 points in the competition, which meant that the United Kingdom came last overall, while the Netherlands took home the crown with a whopping 492 points.

Presenter Graham, 56, offered his condolences to Michael as the result was announced, admitting that he was worried the singer would be left upset.

Speaking in a voiceover, the Irish star said: ‘I hope he’s not upset because he did all he could tonight, he really did.

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‘Our hearts go out to Michael and the whole team who worked so, so hard on the competition this year. You can’t fault his performance tonight.’

Slamming the singing competition, Graham continued: ‘He absolutely did not deserve that result. It was really unfair, and I hope he’s OK.. He’s got his mum and his Nan here, and we will all go and give him a hug later on.’

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The UK have not won the Eurovision since Katrina and The Waves’ huge success in 1997, however, Michael had been hoping to replicate their victory with his song Bigger Than Us but failed to impress the competition.

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Elsewhere in the Tel Aviv show, music legend Madonna thrilled fans with a show-stopping interval performance of hit song Like A Prayer as well as her new single, Future.

The 60-year-old icon was surrounded by dancers wearing gas masks and horse costumes to create a dystopian environment during her performance.

However, Graham Norton made a snarky dig at Madonna during her Eurovision performance.

Madonna, 60, appeared to hit back at criticism for choosing to perform on the Eurovision.

She said: ‘The one thing that brings me here is the power of music, never underestimate the power of music. I’m bringing the heat tonight!’

But Graham quipped: ‘Madonna, what a trooper, still showing up despite a nasty case of conjunctivitis.

‘What a showbiz professional.’

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