Graham Norton revealed what the late Sir Terry Wogan would have thought about the UK hosting the international song contest.

The grand final of the BBC show kicked off on Friday (Friday 13), with Graham, Alesha Dixon, Julia Sanina and Hannah Waddingham taking to the stage and presenting for fans.

Typically, the winning country hosts the following year's competition, but the ongoing war in Ukraine meant the honour was passed onto the UK.

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Graham, 60, has been a regular face on the singing competition since 2008 after he took over from Terry.

Speaking to Daily Star and other press at a the Eurovision Song Contest hosts press conference, the TV talk show host revealed the former commenter would have been "thrilled" at the UK hosting the competition.

He said: "I think he would have been thrilled, because bringing it home, it’s such a different atmosphere.

“I go every year and this is my 14th and the atmosphere is always great, but the atmosphere in the Semi-Finals [this year] – I’ve never felt anything like that at another Eurovision.

“This crowd seem so happy to be here and so ready for Eurovision. It’s sort of transformed the whole thing. It’s not just an audience waiting to see a show. They’re so keen and so invested in it.

"I love it. It’s great.”

The Irish star added: “I think we’re going through a golden age of Eurovision. I think the shows the past few years have been great. Really great songs.”

The beloved Irish broadcaster provided the BBC's radio commentary for Eurovision for more than 30 years and co-hosted the contest with Ulrika Jonsson in 1998.

He also hosted the UK selection show on and off across three decades until 2008.

Sir Terry passed away aged 77 in January 2016 after a battle with cancer.

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