The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest final’s intro song set has sparked criticism from viewers over host Graham Norton’s frequent narration. As the intro video played, the commentator described each new star as they appeared, interrupting the various performances and leaving some fans frustrated.
The intro song set began with a performance by the previous year’s winners, Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra, who sang their hit song, Stefania. The video also featured clips of Joss Stone, Kate Middleton, and other stars singing in different clips.
However, Norton’s repeated interruptions during the intro set did not sit well with some viewers. Taking to Twitter, fans expressed their displeasure, with one viewer writing, “Will somebody please tell Graham Norton to shut the ** up so I can hear what they are singing.” Another commented, “Stop talking and let us enjoy the music, Graham!!”
The British host’s commentary was perceived as a disturbance by many viewers, who felt that it detracted from the performances. Some even questioned why Norton felt the need to describe each new star, considering that the intro video included on-screen text identifying the performers.
Despite the criticism, Norton has remained a beloved host of the Eurovision Song Contest for many years. Known for his quick wit and humorous commentary, he has become a fixture of the annual event, with fans eagerly anticipating his appearances.
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest was held in Tirana, Albania, and featured performances from 26 countries. The contest has been a beloved event in Europe since its inception in 1956 and has since grown into a worldwide phenomenon, attracting millions of viewers every year. With the competition becoming more fierce each year, it remains to be seen how the Eurovision Song Contest will evolve in the future, and whether Norton’s narration will continue to be a point of contention for viewers.