27/04/2016 11:03 BST

Graham Norton Defends Terry Wogan After Eurovision Producer Accuses Late TV Presenter Of ‘Spoiling’ The Contest

'It is a night that will forever be associated with Terry.'

Graham Norton has jumped to Terry Wogan’s defence after a Eurovision Song Contest producer accused the late star of making a mockery of the annual musical competition.

Terry, who died in January at the age of 77, hosted the BBC’s Eurovision coverage from 1971 until 2008, when Graham took the reins.

But despite Terry’s kitsch style being a hit with viewers, he has been accused of “spoiling” the contest’s reputation by Swedish producer Christer Bjorkman.

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Terry Wogan presented the BBC's coverage of the Eurovision for 37 years.
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Joe Woolford (left) and Jake Shakeshaft will fly the flag for the UK at this year's Eurovision.

The 53-year-old chat show host added that he would be “raising a glass” to his predecessor during this year’s show.

He said: “For those who aren’t aware song number nine is famous because Sir Terry always warned me not to have anything to drink until that point.

“At song number nine this year the host country Sweden will be performing and I will be encouraging everyone to raise a glass.

“It has all worked out very nicely as Swedish people in the arena will be cheering their song in the stadium as everyone back in the UK will join me and cheers the memory and legacy of Sir Terry Wogan.”

This year the UK is represented by former ‘The Voice’ contestants Joe Woolford and Jake Shakeshaft with their song, ‘You're Not Alone’.

The final, which will be shown on BBC One, will be hosted by last year’s winners Sweden, from Stockholm's Ericsson Globe, on 14 May.

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