‘A true legend of Eurovision!’ Song Contest host Mika grins as he poses for backstage snap with commentator Graham Norton ahead of competition
Eurovision host Mika looked delighted as he posed for a backstage snap with Graham Norton at the Palasport Olimpico arena in Turin, Italy on Saturday.
Singer Mika, 38, was seen grinning from ear to ear as he stood next to comedian Graham, 59, who does the commentary for the televised song contest.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Look who I bumped into backstage! A true legend of @eurovision! So good to see you again @grahnort #eurovision.’
Famous friends: Eurovision host Mika, 38, looked delighted as he posed for a backstage snap with Graham Norton, 59, at the Palasport Olimpico arena in Turin, Italy on Saturday
The pop star could be seen wearing casual attire, opting for a pink T-shirt under a lightweight jacket in a darker shade of the same colour.
He wore a pair of cream trousers as he stood with his arm over the shoulder of Graham.
Funnyman Graham wore a black T-shirt with black polkadots as he geared up to provide the commentary for the UK TV show.
Born to perform: Later in the evening Mika took to the stage in a white suit and a matching shirt which he wore open at the collar
Later in the evening Mika took to the stage in a white suit and a matching shirt which he wore open at the collar.
He had on a long white tie which he wore undone over his shoulders as he prepared to co-host the contest with Alessandro Cattelan and Laura Pausini.
Sam Ryder will take to the stage to perform his song Space Man during this year’s competition.
Star power: He had on a long white tie which he wore undone over his shoulders as he prepared to co-host the contest with Alessandro Cattelan and Laura Pausini
He found fame covering songs on the social media site during lockdown, amassing 12 million followers and catching the attention of global stars including Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys.
Sam himself admitted on Monday that he is not focused on winning the contest, and his ‘personal goal’ is to simply get up on stage and sing.
He told i newspaper: ‘My personal goal for this is to sing with the same intention that I always sing with, and then come away with the joy it has given me.
Fingers crossed! Sam Ryder will take to the stage to perform his song Space Man during this year’s competition
‘To make it strategic and to make it so that the happiness it gives me is dependent on where I come on a score board is something I really don’t want to mess with.’
Last year, the UK ended up at the bottom of the leaderboard after James Newman’s entry Embers scored zero points whilst Michael Rice’s 2019 entry Bigger Than Us also saw the UK finish last but Sam previously insisted that the ‘stigma’ of losing will not stop his enjoyment of taking part.
‘I love Eurovision. I think it’s such a privilege to be able to do. I don’t want to let the stigma or fear of coming at a certain place in a table stop me from doing something and being a part of something that I enjoy so much,’ Sam added.
The current favourites for the contest are still Ukraine however, after they advanced to the grand final, after band Kalush Orchestra took to the stage during Thursday’s semi-final in Turin.
However, track record over the past decade has shown that the pre-empted favourites of the competition have only taken home the prize half of the time.
Contender: Sam flashed a peace sign at the audience as he appeared on stage during the semi-final on Thursday