BBC interview appears to confuse Eurovision fan with Finnish entrant Kaarija
A BBC reporter appeared to confuse a Eurovision fan with Finland’s competition entrant Kaarija, during a vox pop interview.
The first Eurovision semi-final took place on Tuesday, with Kaarija among the 10 acts selected to advance to the grand final on Saturday.
Following a show preview, BBC North West Tonight aired a selection of interviews with fans, several of whom tipped Finland to go the distance in the competition.
Speaking to an unidentified man in a similar luminous green top worn by Kaarija onstage, the reporter remarked “we even managed to catch up with the main man himself”.
The strapline underneath the interview also read “Kaarija – Finland entrant”.
Asked about how Liverpool was as a host city, the man replied: “Incredible.
“In comparison with all the other countries that I have been (to), this is better organised.
“Everything is walking distance, and it’s just so friendly. Everything is just so easy around here. It’s incredible.”
During Tuesday’s semi-final, the real Kaarija gave a high energy performance of his track Cha Cha Cha, a surreal combination of techno and anthemic pop, prompting a raucous response from the audience.
The BBC has been contacted for comment about the interview.