The Graham Norton Show will be welcoming a brand new host for one week only as Graham Norton is taking his first ever break from the programme in 20 years.

Comedian Jack Whitehall will be standing in for Norton on the BBC One show on May 17, when the host will be in Tel Aviv in Israel preparing for this year's Eurovision grand final.

Whitehall said he feels "fear and excitement" ahead of the gig.

"I was so honoured Graham asked me to do this for him. The thought of stepping into his huge showbiz boots fills me in equal measure with fear and excitement", he said in a statement.

Jack Whitehall

"Worst case, I will make everyone appreciate just how lucky we are to have him", Whitehall added jokingly.

Norton has assured fans that he will be returning to the show after the Eurovision.

"I'm thrilled to know that I am leaving the show in Jack's capable hands. He is bound to do an amazing job", he said.

"I should warn him not to get too comfortable in my chair though, because like a slightly fey Terminator, I'll be back."

Whitehall's guests on the famous red couch on May 17 will be Luke Evans, Paloma Faith and Gwendoline Christie.

Norton has presented his award-winning show on the BBC since 2007, and it has had a home on BBC One since 2009.

The one-off Whitehall show will air on Friday, May 17 on BBC One.

The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final airs on Saturday May 18.