Eurovision viewers were left stunned during the live broadcast of the contest on Saturday as commentator Mel Giedroyc appeared as a butter-churning milkmaid.
The television presenter, 54, donned a milkmaid’s outfit to appear in the back of shot behind host Hannah Waddingham, with her outfit being in the style of the 2014 Polish entry Donatan and Cleo.
Sharing a snap of her on social media, the BBC Eurovision Twitter account posted: ‘Mel Giedroyc as a butter churning Polish milkmaid! Give her an NTA right now!’
And Eurovision fans were unable to believe their eyes, with Mel’s fellow commentator Graham Norton having to hold his tongue as he saw her churning on screen.
Taking to Twitter after seeing the scenes unfold, one person wrote: ‘Best Eurovision moment Graham Norton trying not to say anything filthy when Mel Giedroyc appears on screen dressed as milk maid pumping butter churn – priceless! Oh and Hannah Waddingham for being just generally fabulous.’
Unexpected: Eurovision viewers were left stunned during the live broadcast of the contest on Saturday as commentator Mel Giedroyc, 54, appeared as a butter-churning milkmaid
Entertaining: The television presenter donned a milkmaid’s outfit, which left fellow commentator Graham Norton stumbling over his words during the broadcast
Another person wrote: ‘@grahnort your ability not to spit out your wine when seeing the sublime Mel Giedroyc in her Polish milk maid outfit was tv at its best.’
Someone else commented: ‘OK, Mel Giedroyc’s milk maid impression actually did genuinely make me laugh out loud! She was enjoying that far too much!’
While another viewer remarked: ‘Something I didn’t know I needed in my life until today, Mel Giedroyc dressed as a Polish milk maid churning butter behind Hannah Waddingham.’
‘Mel Giedroyc having the time of her life being the polish milk maids! I love it so much!’, wrote someone else.
One other Eurovision fan posted: ‘Mel Giedroyc popping up as an East European milk churner made me spit my tea out.’
‘I’m never going to recover from Mel Giedroyc’s milk churning,’ wrote another viewer, while someone else tweeted: ‘Mel Giedroyc as the Polish milk maid was genius. Bravo Mel bravo!’
Someone else posted: ‘I’d like to place all 20 votes on Mel Giedroyc milk churn please.’
And one other viewer posted: ‘Mel Giedroyc as a milk maid was not on my bingo card this year.’
Can’t miss her! Mel donned the milkmaid’s outfit to appear in the back of shot behind host Hannah Waddingham (right)
Looking back: Mel’s outfit was in the style of the 2014 Polish entry Donatan and Cleo, with a dancer appearing to churn butter during their performance
Blast from the past: Donatan & Cleo from Poland perform on stage during the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014
The 39-year-old from Stockholm was a contestant on Swedish Idol in 2004, coming in fourth place, and went on to represent the country at Eurovision in 2012.
She triumphed in Baku with the song Euphoria.
The track was an instant hit in both her native Sweden and the rest of Europe, going on to top the charts in dozens of countries.
She released the album Heal in the same year.
In the decade following the contest, Loreen released Swedish language music and made her acting debut in the film Vinterviken.
Last year she released song Neon Lights – about a modern-day Joan of Arc.
Returning to the contest for the second time in 2023 she was the bookies’ favourite, with the song Tattoo.
The song, a trance anthem, followed the same template as her first winning entry and was written by some of the same songwriters.
In Sweden, Eurovision acts are chosen on TV show Melodifestivalen, which has been staged nearly every year since 1959.
Champion: Swedish pop superstar Loreen made history after becoming the first woman to win the Eurovision Song Contest twice on Saturday
Success story: The 39-year-old from Stockholm was a contestant on Swedish Idol in 2004, coming in fourth place, and went on to represent the country at Eurovision in 2012
The country now matches Ireland with seven wins as the most successful country at Eurovision.
Loreen said she had decided to enter the competition again last November.
Speaking in the build-up to this year’s final, she said: “I have been focusing mind, body and soul on creating this and envisioning this positive vibration.”
She says she wants to continue using music to challenge her audience with messages of inclusion and representation.
Disappointed: The UK’s entrant Mae Muller looked solemn after it was announced she’d finished second to bottom in the competition