What’s with Russell Grant and Eurovision?
IS Russell Grant the face and sound of Eurovision? In recent weeks, stories about Grant’s involvement in Eurovision have appeared in the press. There’s a Facebook page called Russell Grant For Eurovision. Only, all the stories are false – unless the stargazer has peered into the future and seen something we’ve missed, Engelbert Humperdinck is singing for The UK and Graham Norton is fronting the show on the BBC:
Daily Star – November 17, 2011:
Strictly Come Dancing 2011: Russell Grant is set to sing for Europe.
Says a source:
He’s camp just like Eurovision. But he can also sing and dance, unlike some of our past entries.
Evening Standard – November 25:
Russell Grant is set to host of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star – who left the ballroom competition last weekend – is the frontrunner to present the BBC’s coverage of the annual singing competition next year, taking over duties from Graham Norton.
The 60-year-old star is keen to diversify his career following his appearance on the BBC One talent show and wants to move away from astrology, which is how he made his name on television in the Eighties, and thinks the Eurovision job would be perfect for him.
The Sun – 28 December 2011:
Astrologer Russell Grant has been asked to represent MALTA at Eurovision. Organisers from the Mediterranean island got in touch with the flamboyant star after he impressed them with his turn on Strictly Come Dancing.
Malta Today explains:
Eurovision Malta chief organiser and PBS chief executive Anton Attard described the report as “absolute nonsense”….”Mr. Grant may have been contacted by any composer who would have offered him a song, and we do not go into that as long as the competition regulations are observed.”
The stories seem to be rooted in Bang Showbiz, a news source self-billed as “Tomorrow’s New Today”.