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People don't like claims Terry Wogan ‘ruined’ the Eurovision Song Contest

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
People don't like claims Terry Wogan ‘ruined’ the Eurovision Song Contest

Comments by the producer of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest that the late Terry Wogan ‘ruined’ the competition has generated some serious reaction online.

Christer Bjorkman, who will helm next month’s contest in Stockholm, was responding to a question at an event in London on why people in Britain seemed to think the contest was frivolous.

“There are several reasons, one is Terry Wogan himself,” Bjorkman said of the beloved TV star.

“He did this for 28 years and his ¬commentary always forced the mockery side and there is a grown-up generation in Britain that doesn’t know anything better

“He raised a generation of viewers believing this was a fun kitsch show that had no relevance whatsoever.

Bjorkman, who represented Sweden in the contest in 1992, added:  “It totally spoiled Eurovision. Because of what Terry Wogan did, the UK don’t put in their best efforts.

The broadcaster, who died in January of this year, was known as the voice of Eurovision for millions of viewers and people have been quick to defend Tel’s legacy online with some shouting ‘sour grapes’.