We understand you were unhappy with Graham Norton’s comments about Albania.
For clarification, Graham made the following comments: ‘The bad news is you’re about to watch Albania. In every Eurovision there’s a moment when you go…what! You may think you’ve had that moment, trust me you haven’t! Kejsi Tola is representing Albania, singing Carry Me In Your Dreams. She’s only 17 so please bear that in mind, she wasn’t strong enough to tell the people she didn’t want these creatures on stage with her! But where was her mother? Why didn’t she step in and say no?’
From watching the clip we feel that it seems consistent with his comments on the other countries’ performances.
We feel that Graham was referring to the act and not being critical of the country. He didn’t like the outfits the dancers were wearing.
The commentary was tongue in cheek and not intended to be offensive or xenophobic and on this occasion we don’t feel it was either.
Nevertheless we appreciate your views and we’d like to assure you that we’ve registered your comments on our audience log. This is the internal report of audience feedback which we compile daily for all programme makers and commissioning executives within the BBC, and also their senior management. It ensures that your points, and all other comments we receive, are circulated and considered across the BBC.
Thanks again for taking the time to contact us with your concerns.