NAGA Munchetty was accused of using a ‘slur’ against Eurovision during Friday’s edition of BBC Breakfast.
The BBC presenter, 47, cohosted alongside Charlie Stayt when they chatted to Eurovision correspondent David Sillito in a live cross to Turin.
Naga and Charlie agreed that while the UK entrant, Sam Ryder, is likely to do well at tomorrow’s final, he won’t win the Song Contest.
Charlie joked that he refused to read the autocue about the “growing optimism” of UK winning Eurovision 2022.
Naga laughed and Charlie continued: “I am not going to read what it was going to say. I’m not going to say that.
Naga added: “The UK’s entry Sam Ryder is right up there among the favorites for the final. Now, here is us predicting, what do we know?”
They then introduced David via video link, and Naga put a controversial question to him.
David retorted: “I would say it is evidently fair, that’s an outrageous slur on poor Eurovision there, it is also entirely unpredictable.”
The arts correspondent then filled the team in on the results of the semi-finals.
“You don’t know what is going to go on and what drama we have had at the semi-finals,” David began.
“Poor Ireland, poor, poor Ireland is out. There was such hope they would get through to the final.
“You have got to remember Ireland is Eurovision royalty having won, I think, seven times.
“Serbia and Finland were through and they are truly an example of how bizarre Eurovision can be.”
David admitted he felt optimistic about the UK’s chances, especially in comparison to previous years.
“What I mean by UK’s year is a top 20 finish at least, that’s as far as I am going,” he said.
“However, yesterday I got to meet Sam Ryder, we had some time together, and the only thing you can say is wherever you are in Turin at the moment you keep on hearing his song Spaceman and there is a bit of a buzz about it . ”
William Lee Adams, founder of the largest Eurovision fansite said due to the ongoing conflict in Ukrainethe war “could push things in their favor”.
His odds are 11/2.
The 32-year-old will sing the original song Space Man.
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