Sneak peek: Graham Norton, 59, gave Eurovision Song Contest fans a behind the scenes glimpse at his commentary box at the Palasport Olimpico arena in Turin, Italy on Saturday
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Graham Norton gave Eurovision Song Contest fans a behind the scenes glimpse at his commentary box at the Palasport Olimpico arena in Turin, Italy on Saturday.

The comedian, 59, took his seat high above the stage and the crowds in a special booth as he prepared to deliver his amusing takes on the action from the legendary competition.

Opening the clip, he said: ‘You’ve found me in my commentary box at Eurovision 2022. Let me show you around.’

Sneak peek: Graham Norton, 59, gave Eurovision Song Contest fans a behind the scenes glimpse at his commentary box at the Palasport Olimpico arena in Turin, Italy on Saturday

Sneak peek: Graham Norton, 59, gave Eurovision Song Contest fans a behind the scenes glimpse at his commentary box at the Palasport Olimpico arena in Turin, Italy on Saturday

Going on to make a joke at the small size of the room, he continued: ‘That’s a wall, there’s a wall over there, there’s a wall behind you and this is where it all happens.’

Pointing towards the clear glass window in front of him, he directed the camera to look down at the arena and the stage, saying: ‘Through this glass, that’s the main stage of Eurovision.’

Grabbing the microphone of his headset and pointing to a control panel, he added: ‘This is how I talk to you and I use these buttons, and soap comes out of them if I swear but hopefully that won’t happen.’

Sky high: The comedian took his seat high above the stage and the crowds in a special booth as he prepared to deliver his amusing takes on the action from the legendary competition

Sky high: The comedian took his seat high above the stage and the crowds in a special booth as he prepared to deliver his amusing takes on the action from the legendary competition

Ukraine won the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest with the UK’s Sam Ryder coming in second place.

Kalush Orchestra moved viewers with their poignant performance of Stefania amid the war in their country.

Led by rapper Oleh Psiuk, the group – completed by Ihor Didenchuk, Vlad Kurochka, Tymofii Muzychuk and Oleksandr Slobodianyk – were victorious at the grand final, scoring 631 points. 

Eurovision legend: Opening the clip, he said: 'You've found me in my commentary box at Eurovision 2022. Let me show you around'

Eurovision legend: Opening the clip, he said: ‘You’ve found me in my commentary box at Eurovision 2022. Let me show you around’

After wowing with their performance, which merged rap with folk and featured breakdancing, flutes and bold ensembles, they thanked everyone supporting their country amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

After they were revealed as the champions and performed the song for a second time, they said: ‘Thank you, thank you so much.’

They had been given special permission to travel to Italy, as men their age are currently fighting for their country back home. 

Champs: Ukraine won the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, with Kalush Orchestra moving viewers with their poignant performance of Stefania amid the war in their country

Champs: Ukraine won the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, with Kalush Orchestra moving viewers with their poignant performance of Stefania amid the war in their country

The band said of the song, which is a tribute to mothers: ‘We’re showing off our roots, and we’re showing how to take something from the past and make it work for the present.

‘That’s why we’ve found success at home, and we hope that we can find that sort of reception internationally, as well. We take something old, and we make it sound modern.’

The UK came second – the highest place for the nation in more than two decades – with Sam Ryder’s ‘Space Man’ scoring a whopping 466 points.

Born to perform: Sam Ryder took to the stage to perform his song Space Man for the UK during this year's competition, coming in second place

Born to perform: Sam Ryder took to the stage to perform his song Space Man for the UK during this year’s competition, coming in second place

The TikTok star – who shot to fame with his lockdown covers on the video-sharing platform – has changed the UK’s run of bad luck after scoring nil points for the past two years.

Sam said in the green room: ‘Honestly, this is amazing. It’s wicked.

‘We signed up here to come and sing we enjoy music, and I know that every single artist involved this year absolutely smashed it. Everyone was a credit to themselves and a credit to what Eurovision is all about; unity peace, love, togetherness, inclusivity and expression. Thank you for having us, appreciate [it].’

Backstage glimpse: Eurovision co-host Mika posed with commentator Graham before the competition

Backstage glimpse: Eurovision co-host Mika posed with commentator Graham before the competition

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