Terry Wogan
Terry Wogan died in January 2016 after a short battle with cancerGetty

A moving tribute was paid to the late Sir Terry Wogan during the UK finals of the Eurovision on Friday (26 February). The late broadcaster had been the host of the Eurovision song contest for 35 years, presenting the show the first time in 1971.

He last presented the show in 2008, before passing on the role to Graham Norton. The veteran broadcaster died on 31 January, aged 77. He was surrounded by his family "after a short but brave battle with cancer", a statement said.

The video tribute comprised a compilation of some of Sir Terry's most memorable moments as a commentator on the show, demonstrating his rapier sharp wit and good humour.

Honouring Sir Terry, presenter Mel Giedroyc said: "Gone but never forgotten. His legacy and the love of Eurovision he inspired in so many of us will live on."

Guest judges Katrina Leskanich and Carrie Grant also shared their personal memories of the legendary Eurovision host. Grant said: "He was a legend, he was a giant in our industry back when they were real giants. He was the most encouraging man. I was just 17 at the time."

Fans of the broadcasting legend welcomed the tribute to the star. "Oh that terry wogan tribute was adorable," tweeted one.

Joe and Jake were selected to represent the UK at The Eurovision Song Contest which takes place on May 14 in Stockholm, Sweden and will air live on the BBC.

In the meantime, Sir Terry summed up the spirit of the contest best. "I don't make the mistake of thinking it's a major musical event," he said. "I love the Eurovision Song Contest and it will continue long after I'm gone. Just please don't ask me to take it seriously."