Eurovision fans were left fuming during Saturday night’s hotly-anticipated final when commentator Mel Giedroyc spoke over Hannah Waddingham speaking French.
Host Hannah, 48, has shown off her French-speaking talents on the show this week, and once again flaunted her language skills during the 2023 Song Contest’s final.
However, viewers were left unimpressed when commentator Mel, 54, decided to speak over Hannah’s words in English on the BBC’s live broadcast.
While the Ted Lasso star addressed French-speaking viewers, Mel instead decided to read out the voting rules for UK viewers in English.
After briefly speaking French herself, Mel said: ‘While Hannah is speaking French, I should let you know that viewers in the UK can vote for your favourite act later in the show by phone and via the EBU’s Eurovision app but you cannot vote by text, put those thumbs away!’
Upset: Eurovision fans were left fuming during Saturday night’s hotly-anticipated final when commentator Mel Giedroyc spoke over Hannah Waddingham (pictured) speaking French
However, her actions left viewers in the UK enraged, fuming that they wanted to listen to Hannah’s French-speaking skills, saying they would ‘never forgive’ her gaffe.
Taking to Twitter, one person fumed: ‘Mel Giedroyc talking over Hannah Waddingham while she was speaking French is a faux pas I cannot forgive.’
Another wrote: ‘Still livid that Mel Giedroyc felt the need to speak over what would have been the hottest TV moment of 2023.’
While a third commented: ‘No Mel Giedroyc, WE WANT to hear Hannah Waddingham speaking French ffs.’
A fourth tweeted: ‘Ok; I’ve got a LOT of time for English TV presenters speaking French but of course Mel Giedroyc talked all over Hannah Waddingham there.’
And a fifth said: ‘Mel Giedroyc i love you but i need you to shut up and let me listen to Hannah Waddingham speak french #Eurovision.’
A sixth penned: ‘Mel, don’t talk over Hannah Waddingham speaking French! #Eurovision2023.’
Another added: ‘Mel Giedroyc, how DARE you talk over Hannah Waddingham while she’s speaking French! #Eurovision2023.’
Fuming: While the Ted Lasso star addressed French-speaking viewers, Mel instead decided to read out the voting rules for UK viewers in English
Anger: Viewers were left unimpressed when commentator Mel, 54, decided to speak over Hannah’s words in English on the BBC’s live broadcast
It is not the first time that Hannah caused a stir and impressed viewers with her French-language skills as she previously flaunted the talent at the semi-finals.
The actress stunned viewers around the world as she spoke in fluent French to recite the contest’s rules at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
Her co-presenters Alesha Dixon, 44, and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina, 32, had read from the teleprompter in English.
Impressed by Hannah’s abilities, viewers at home rushed to Twitter to heap praise on her.
One joked, ‘Hannah Waddingham speaking French, Maybe I’m not gay.’
Another wrote: ‘People train their entire lives to be as effortlessly charismatic and likeable as Hannah Waddingham #eurovision.’
Someone else said, ‘Watching the #Eurovision semi-finals, massive crush on Hannah Waddingham… she is just what I want to be when I grow up.’
One Australian viewer quipped, ‘Hannah Waddingham speaks French and I’m a little gayer than I was 5 minutes ago… #SBSEurovision.’
And one more concluded, ‘I think I’m now in love with Hannah Waddingham. Beautiful, funny, great voice and she can speak French #Eurovision #EUROVISION2023.’
Hannah had also sent fans wild as she made a cheeky dig at Amanda Holden’s language skills while speaking French herself.
Wow! It is not the first time that Hannah caused a stir and impressed viewers with her French-language skills as she previously flaunted the talent at the semi-finals
Hannah left viewers in hysterics when she made a cheeky dig at Amanda Holden – who awarded points on behalf of the United Kingdom during the 2021 ceremony.
Amanda came under fire at the time for making an awkward joke while presenting, quipping she didn’t know the difference between between French and Dutch, with shocked viewers branding her ‘arrogant’.
Hannah appeared to reference the blunder as she took on presenting duties, explaining the voting rules for the semi-final in perfect French before saying pointedly: ‘You see Europe, some of us Brits do bother to learn another language.’