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Graham Norton shares fears he'd lose his "favourite" Eurovision job

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Graham Norton is on double duty this year when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest.

The chat show host will continue his usual commentating role, but he's also hosting the show alongside Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham, Britain's Got Talent's Alesha Dixon and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina.

Graham has now shared that he feared he could be replaced if he didn't continue his commentating role.

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"I know that’s really greedy of me, but I just thought if I let someone else do the commentating they could be better than me and then I’ve lost my favourite job," he said on The One Show.

"So I thought, 'No, I’m ring-fencing that'."

He continued: "I’ll have to go, 'Welcome to Eurovision', then I’ll run back into my little rabbit hutch."

Former Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc will also be alternating with him in the commentary box.

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Graham added how excited he was to see the contest take place in the UK.

Last year's contest was won by Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra, and while the winning country typically hosts the next year, the ongoing invasion from Russia has resulted in the BBC holding the event in Livepool for 2023.

Waddingham previously said of the presenting role: "There’s something really special about Eurovision which is why I’ve been an avid fan for years – from the camaraderie of all the acts backstage, to the epic scale of the show.

"It’s one of the world’s greatest music festivals, but this year, perhaps more than ever, it is such a great honour to be standing shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine, a country which has carried itself with such strength and unity.

"It is my great privilege to join Eurovision this year of all years."

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