Graham Norton has revealed his favourite LGBT moment of last year: Conchita Wurst’s history-making win at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Wurst’s victory for Austria with ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’ in Copenhagen last May has been hailed by many as a big moment for human rights across Europe.
The BBC’s Eurovision commentator Norton told Digital Spy at the British LGBT Awards tonight (April 24) that he was moved by the show of solidarity among voters.
“From a personal point of view, I loved Conchita winning the Eurovision Song Contest,” Norton recalled. “At the end of the day, it’s a stupid song contest, but there was something amazing about that.
“There were Eastern European countries voting for Conchita, and you realised that actually horrible governments don’t reflect on a horrible population. People are good and it’s a shame that legislators don’t keep up with that.”
Norton also made it clear that he is not worried about a mixed reaction to Britain’s 2015 entry Electro Velvet.
“Every year our song is divisive,” he said. “We reveal what it is and everyone says it’s rubbish. It’s a tough gig and a really horrible job.”
Norton added: “I’m thrilled Electro Velvet are going. Whatever you think about it, it is a really catchy song. Also, it is a year of endless power ballads so actually the few high energy numbers stand out.
“I’ve listened to the CD and Electro Velvet really do stand out, so maybe it will do well on the night.”
The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will be held on May 23 in Vienna.
The British LGBT Awards are being held tonight at The Landmark Hotel in London.
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