Tristan Gemmill: Corrie actor blasts Amanda Holden’s ‘arrogant’ Eurovision remarks

Amanda Holden reveals UK's results during Eurovision 2021

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Coronation Street actor Tristan Gemmill, 53, has taken to Twitter to blast Amanda Holden for her “arrogant” remarks during Saturday night’s Eurovision Song Contest. The ITV media personality was delivering the UK’s points when she said good evening in French and Dutch, before claiming not to know which language was which.

What a staggering misread of an audience that was

Tristan Gemmill

In view of his nearly 25,000 followers, the actor slammed the star for her presentation of the UK’s points.

He wrote: “The lowlight of the evening wasn’t the nul points, but Amanda Holden demonstrating perfectly why Europe thinks we’re an arrogant nation with a grossly overrated sense of our own importance, and why no one will ever vote for us.

“What a staggering misread of an audience that was,” he added.

Saturday evening saw the UK receive a historic “nil points” in the Eurovision Song Contest following James Newman’s performance of his song, Embers.

The UK placed last in the international singing competition.

Meanwhile Italy came first after rock band Maneskin’s performance of their song Zitti e Buoni.

While viewers were up in arms about the tragically low score, many blasted the presenter’s delivery of the UK’s points, labelling it “arrogant”.

Appearing during the scoring section in an elegant ball gown, the Britain’s Got Talent star delivered the UK’s jury votes.

During her segment she started off by speaking French and Dutch, saying: “Bon Soir. Goedenavond.”

Amanda continued: “That is good evening in French and Dutch although I’ve got absolutely no idea which is which.

“This is London calling. What a fantastic show this evening,” she added.

She went on: “I am Amanda Holden – I love Eurovision.”

“The drama, the excitement, and all the wildly over-the-top outfits – and that’s just me.”

Viewers of the show flocked to Twitter to air their thoughts on the star’s presenting skills.

“Amanda Holden’s ‘lol I don’t know which European language is which hehe I’m so British’ is the exact reason we get nil point. #Eurovision2021”, one viewer wrote.

“Oh cheers for that Amanda Holden, really helping us with the pariah status,” penned a second.

Despite the Coronation Street actor’s initial tweet, he soon took to Twitter to separate himself from the trolls that were using what he said to direct personal attacks to the ITV presenter.

Tristan wrote: “Last night I criticised Amanda Holden on here for what I felt was a clumsy faux pas which, intentionally or not…..

“Confirmed to a European audience that there is a strain of self-importance in our national character that makes us hard to like. I stand by that criticism of her words.

“What I do NOT stand by are the instances where my tweet has been used to attack Ms.H personally”, the Corrie actor wrote, before going on to give pointers to social media users on twitter etiquette.

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