BBC Eurovision viewers fume just minute into show as Graham Norton addresses big issue

Eurovision viewers were left complaining minutes in
Viewers have been left complaining about Eurovision's UK commentator Graham Norton just minutes into the final -Credit:BBC

The 2024 Eurovision song contest kicked off with viewers immediately raising complaints as host Graham Norton addressed an audio issue.

As Saturday night's live final began, fans were quick to voice their frustrations, struggling to hear UK commentator Graham Norton, who was narrating the event as per tradition.

Graham eventually acknowledged the problem, clarifying the situation for viewers who had taken to social media to express their annoyance.

At the start of the show, during the opening sequence, Graham's commentary was meant to be heard by BBC audiences, the Mirror reports.

However, a significant sound problem resulted in his voice being barely audible, prompting viewers to take to social media to demand a fix.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 final on Saturday did not get off to the best start
The 2024 Eurovision Song Contest final is being held in the city of Malmö in Sweden -Credit:BBC

Fans implored the broadcaster to "sort it out" desperate to hear the host's commentary.

One viewer pleaded: "Ok BBC can we sort the sound out, I wanna hear Graham! ".

Another commented: "Sort ya sound out, Graham," while a third echoed: "Dodgy sound there."

A fourth disgruntled fan wrote: "Great start, the sound isn't working," with numerous others reporting the same issue.

Addressing the technical hiccup, Graham stated: "I think there might have been some problems with my microphone at the beginning."

Despite this clarification, some viewers continued to experience sound issues, although for many, Graham's voice became clear and distinct afterwards.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced several changes to the grand final following the disqualification of Dutch contestant Joost Klein.

It was confirmed that the singer is going to miss the ultimate contest, whilst Swedish police conduct an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behaviour by Klein, revealed the EBU.

A statement from the EBU declared: "The Dutch artist Joost Klein will not be competing in the Grand Final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

Swedish police have investigated a complaint made by a female member of the production crew after an incident following his performance in Thursday night's Semi Final."

"While the legal process takes its course, it would not be appropriate for him to continue in the Contest. We would like to make it clear that, contrary to some media reports and social media speculation, this incident did not involve any other performer or delegation member."

Netherlands' Eurovision act Joost Klein has been disqualified from the competition -Credit:AP
Netherlands' Eurovision act Joost Klein has been disqualified from the competition -Credit:AP

"We maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards inappropriate behaviour at our event and are committed to providing a safe and secure working environment for all staff at the Contest.

"In light of this, Joost Klein's behaviour towards a team member is deemed in breach of Contest rules. The Grand Final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest will now proceed with 25 participating songs."

The organisers of Eurovision have confirmed that all contestants would maintain their official running order.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) stated that the jury results, received after the second dress rehearsal on Friday, had been recalculated to ensure that the Netherlands would not receive any points.

Jury members rank all songs from one to 26 now there are only 25 performers. This implies that if the Netherlands was ranked ninth by a national jury in any country, the song ranked tenth would shift down to number nine.

It has been verified that during the grand final, no points would be awarded to the Netherlands from the viewing public and the country would not appear on the scoreboard.

However, Dutch viewers can still vote in the grand final and the Dutch jury result remains valid.

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