Eurovision viewers were stunned after hearing presenter Hannah Waddingham speak fluent French on stage – although not everyone caught the amazing moment of watching her at home.
Ted Lasso Superstar Waddingham joins Alesha Dixon and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina tonight to introduce us to the Eurovision 2023 Final – featuring artists from Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, Poland, Serbia, France, Cyprus, Spain, Sweden, Albania, Italy and Estonia. Finland, Czech Republic, Australia, Belgium, Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine, Norway, Lithuania, Israel, Slovenia, Croatia and the United Kingdom.
But Waddingham ended up being a bit sarcastic when she suddenly started speaking French, with one onlooker tweeting, “Wait, Hannah Waddingham’s French was so good all she can’t do?! #Eurovision.”
Another person said: “I’m watching Eurovision for the first time and Hannah Waddingham is there??? and she speaks French they want me to explode.”
Another wrote: “Damn… Hannah Waddingham speaks French!!!! I love him more!!”
However, while some were impressed, others were frustrated that they couldn’t hear her, as BBC coverage saw commentator Mel Giedroyk talking to her as she spoke French.
One exasperated: “Can commentators stop talking about Hannah Waddingham every time she speaks French?”
Another said: “Talk to Hannah Waddingham and she speaks French… I will cry.”
Waddingham’s bilingual hosting skills also shocked viewers earlier this week when she gave viewers voting instructions – again in perfect French.
“My French teacher was so proud,” she said, as the audience erupted in applause and cheers.
Last year’s competition was won by the Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra, which was crowned the winner after scoring 631 points from the votes of the audience and the jury.
However, given the ongoing war against Russia in the country, the organizers decided it was too risky to host it for 2023 – as is customary for winning countries – which meant the tasks were running. in the United Kingdom, which took second place.
Sam Ryder of the United Kingdom achieved the country’s biggest achievement in decades with Space Man, winning the jury’s votes with a total of 466 points.
It did better than any other entry since 1997, the last time the UK won Eurovision with Katrina and Waves’ Love Shine a Light.
Since then, the UK has finished lower several times – including the 2021 entry, where James Newman managed zero points.