Graham Norton is a Eurovision pro at this point, having worked as the BBC’s commentator at the annual event since 2009. But even pros make mistakes.
The Cork man was tasked with announcing which UK city will host the sing contest next year. With the two finalists being Liverpool and Glasgow.
Revealing where Eurovision 2023 will be held on The One Show, Graham opened a silver envelope, taking out the card out, and pausing for dramatic effect before announcing Liverpool as the official host city.
But unbeknownst to Graham the back of the card, which was visible for the audience, said: “Eurovision Song Contest, United Kingdom, Liverpool 2023”
@bbceurovision The unforgettable moment Graham Norton announced that Liverpool will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, on behalf of Ukraine!#Eurovision #EurovisionSongContest #EurovisionSongContest2023 #EurovisionSongContest23 #BBCOne #BBCiPlayer #iPlayer #Glasgow #Liverpool #TheOneShow ♬ original sound – BBC Eurovision
In Graham’s defense, prior to opening the envelope, he revealed the team behind the production had told him to build up for dramatic effect.
Saying: “They’ve told me to build the drama, I just want to rip it open!” He also obviously hadn’t been informed the card was double-sided.
But still fans could help but find the mistake hilarious.
The tense moment where Graham Norton kept the nation guessing about the winner…
…and there was “Liverpool 2023” branding on the back of the card he read the result from. ? https://t.co/YkO9dh5vAL pic.twitter.com/q410DLQWq5
— Clean Feed @ The TV Room (@cleanfeed_ttvr) October 7, 2022
Anyone looking at their telly had the jump that it was Liverpool 10 seconds early had they studied Graham Norton’s card! #Eurovision2023 pic.twitter.com/HLnV6mLkS3
— Joe Gibney (@joegibney15) October 7, 2022
Incredible scenes during the Eurovision announcement as Graham Norton builds some tension before the big reveal… holding a card saying ‘Liverpool 2023’ pic.twitter.com/Jz5fTve9BI
— Ryan Love (@RyanJL) October 7, 2022