Naga Munchetty blasted for 'outrageous slur' on BBC Breakfast

NAGA Munchetty was accused of using a 'slur' against Eurovision during Friday's edition of BBC Breakfast.

The BBC presenter, 47, cohosted alongside Charlie Stayt when they chatted to Eurovision correspondent David Sillito in a live cross to Turin.

Naga and Charlie agreed that while the UK entrant, Sam Ryder, is likely to do well at tomorrow's final, he won't win the Song Contest.

Charlie joked that her refused to read the autocue about the "growing optimism" of UK winning Eurovision 2022. 

Naga laughed and Charlie continued: "I am not going to read what it was going to say. I'm not going to say that.

"What it says it might finally be the UK's year, but we all know that is not going to happen because Ukraine has tipped everything on its head and changed things right?"

Naga added: "The UK's entry Sam Ryder is right up there among the favourites for the final. Now, here is us predicting, what do we know?" 

They then introduced David via video link, and Naga put a controversial question to him.

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She asked: "That was our speculation about how the voting would go, and I would not say it's a fair process always, would you?"

David retorted: "I would say it is evidently fair, that's an outrageous slur on poor Eurovision there, it is also entirely unpredictable." 

The arts correspondent then filled the team in on the results of the semi-finals.

"You do not know what is going to go on and what drama we have had at the semi-finals," David started.

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"Poor Ireland, poor, poor Ireland is out. There was such hope they would get through to the final. 

"You have got to remember Ireland is Eurovision royalty having won, I think, seven times. 

"Serbia and Finland were through and they are truly an example of how bizarre Eurovision can be." 

David admitted he felt optimistic about the UK's chances, especially in comparison to previous years.

"What I mean by UK's year is a top 20 finish at least, that's as far as I am going," he said.

"However, yesterday I got to meet Sam Ryder, we had some time together, and the only thing you can say is wherever you are in Turin at the moment you keep on hearing his song Spaceman and there is a bit of a buzz about it." 

Ukraine is favourite to win at 2/5 with their entry, Kalush Orchestra who will perform their song Stefania.

William Lee Adams, founder of the largest Eurovision fansite said due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the war "could push things in their favour".

Despite the UK's poor Eurovision history in the 21st century, singer and songwriter Sam Ryder is second favourite to win.

His odds are 11/2.

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The 32-year-old will singing original song Space Man.

Ryder started music in 2009, but only rose to prominence in 2021 after he became well known for sharing clips of himself on the social media app TikTok.

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