Sara announced on her Radio 2 show on Monday: “I’m really excited, I’ve got a new little job this week. I will be co-hosting the Eurovision semi-finals on BBC Four.
“Rylan is unwell, so obvs we wish him better.”
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She added that she’d be “stepping into Rylan’s sparkly tux” on both Tuesday and Thursday’s live shows.
HuffPost UK has contacted the BBC for comment.
While Graham Norton will be in Rotterdam when he delivers his usual commentary from the live final at the weekend, the pandemic meant that the semi-final commentators had to remain in their home countries.
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Rylan previously expressed his excitement for offering his commentary on the semi-finals, declaring (via Metro): “There was a big Eurovision shaped hole in my life last year, so I am super excited to see what everyone brings to the table for 2021 – it’s the best time of the year!”
James Newman will be representing the United Kingdom at Eurovision this year, with his song Embers.
The singer-songwriter was supposed to have been the UK’s entrant in 2020, but the competition was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Frontrunners at Eurovision this year include France’s dramatic ballad Voilà, Switzerland’s epic Tout L’Univers and Malta’s upbeat empowerment anthem, Je Me Casse.