Naga Munchetty is not here for people who think the UK could win the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.
This year, Sam Ryder will take the stage in Turin, Italy, where he will represent the UK with his song Space Man.
The track has been well received by Eurovision fans, and a lot of people are getting their hopes up and, let’s face it, optimism is what we need right now after finishing with zero points last year.
However, BBC news anchor Naga called the competition’s voting system on air, saying she did not think it was a “fair process”.
Joined by his BBC Breakfast co-host Charlie Stayt, the pair discussed the grand final this weekend and whether Sam has a chance to take home the title.
Charlie told viewers that UK entry does not, in fact, stand a chance, to which Naga agreed, however, questioning the vote to a current Eurovision correspondent – yikes.
It started when Charlie refused to read the autocue any further after he said there was “growing optimism” that the UK could make it to Eurovision.
I’m not going to read what he was going to say. I’m not going to say that,’ he said as Naga laughed.
“What he’s saying is that it could finally be the year of the UK, but we all know that’s not going to happen because Ukraine has turned everything upside down and turned things around, right?”
‘UK entry Sam Ryder is among the favorites for the final. Now, here we are predicting, what do we know?’ added Naga.
BBC media and arts correspondent David Sillito joined the call, live from Italy, where he has been reporting on the build-up to the grand final on Saturday.
However, Naga got into trouble when he doubted the vote, saying, “That was our speculation on how the vote would go, and you wouldn’t say it’s always a fair process, would you?”
David replied: “I would say it’s obviously fair, that’s an outrageous insult to the poor Eurovision there, it’s also completely unpredictable.”
“You don’t know what’s going to happen and the drama we’ve had in the semis,” he continued.
‘Poor Ireland, poor, poor Ireland is out. There was so much hope that they would go through to the final.
“You have to remember that Ireland is Eurovision royalty having won, I think, seven times.
“Serbia and Finland are done and they are a true example of how weird Eurovision can be.”
Although Naga and Charlie were feeling rather pessimistic about this weekend’s outcome, David seemed to disagree, saying he thinks it could be the “year of the UK”.
“What I mean by the UK year is a top 20 finish at least, that’s all I mean,” he explained.
The correspondent said he praised this year’s entry from Sam, whom he met yesterday.
He said ‘wherever you are in Turin right now’, Space Man is still playing, and ‘there’s a bit of a stir about it’.
We can only cross our fingers that the vote will shift in favor of the UK this weekend, but Naga and Charlie aren’t the only public figures doubting our chances.
Katrina and the Waves singer Katrina Leskanich has thrown her support behind Sam Ryder but also doesn’t think he can win, also criticizing the vote as “political.”
The Walking On Sunshine hitmakers won the 1997 competition, the last time the UK triumphed, with their hit Love Shine A Light, so the 62-year-old pop icon knows a thing or two about lifting the trophy of Eurovision.
It’s been 25 years since the UK won Eurovision and the contest was held here, but Katrina is sure it will be at least another 12 months before it returns.
No, you can’t win. He will not win. Ukraine will win. It’s political, but it can be a sincere political moment. We have to give it to Ukraine, come on,” he said on Friday’s episode of This Morning.
Ukraine is currently the favorite to win the competition.
The Eurovision Song Contest final airs tomorrow at 8pm on BBC One and iPlayer.
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