Mika left his Eurovision co-hosts red-faced when he apparently made a rude hand gesture during Saturday night’s live finale in Turin, Italy.
The singer, 38, hosted the show with Alessandro Cattelan and Laura Pausini who both tried to teach him Italian hand gestures.
They showed him the moves for ‘eating’ and ‘what do you mean?’ before warning him to be careful because some gestures may look like other more inappropriate ones.
Oops: Mika left his Eurovision co-hosts red-faced when he apparently made a rude hand gesture during Saturday night’s live finale in Turin, Italy
Alessandro said, “You have to be careful using your hands, because it only takes a slight gesture to completely change the meaning.”
Mika then proceeded to shake his right hand before his two co-hosts said “no!”, although the rudeness of the gesture was not explained.
After stopping him, Alessandro said, “It has a double meaning, check it out on the internet.”
However, it appears the gesture was lost in translation, as many viewers took to social media to wonder what it meant or why it was rude.
Star power: The singer, 38, hosted the show with Alessandro Cattelan and Laura Pausini who both tried to teach him Italian hand gestures
Signs: They showed him the moves for ‘eat’ and ‘what do you mean?’ before warning him to be careful that some gestures may look like other more inappropriate ones
One viewer wrote, “I won’t know peace until I find out what Mika’s hand gesture meant and why the presenter stopped it, it’s impossible to google.”
Another said: “I have no idea what that gesture was but I love Mika more for it now.”
Another wrote: ‘I don’t know how to look it up on the internet so what is the meaning of the gesture Mika made?
However, one Italian user claimed that the gesture signifies having sex, writing, “It’s a gesture used to indicate gender.”
Reaction: It appears the gesture was lost in translation, as many viewers took to social media to wonder what it meant or why it was being rude.
Explanation: However, an Italian user claimed that the gesture means having sex, writing: “It is a gesture used to indicate gender
‘We call it ‘pucciare il biscotto’ which means ‘to dip the cookie’. It’s not even that popular as a gesture, some Italians might not even know it.
Elsewhere during the show, Graham Norton had to correct a slightly embarrassed Mika because he made not one, but two blunders while hosting.
The star went to the Green Room to chat with some of the contestants taking part in the contest, but accidentally misrepresented two countries.
The singer approached Romania calling them Spain – before doing the exact same thing by introducing Poland moments later, calling them Holland instead.
The segment got off to a good start, as the Grace Kelly singer traveled to the Portugal camp to chat with their interpreter, Maro, but started to dip when Mika left.
Awkward: Elsewhere during the show, Graham Norton had to correct a slightly embarrassed Mika because he made not one, but two blunders while hosting
Saviour: Commentator Graham stepped in to correct the singer during the mistakes
Speaking to the camera, the star said “Here we have Spain”, while approaching Romanian contender WRS.
In a leap to right his mistake, Mika quickly corrected ‘Oh no it’s not Spain, we have Romania’.
But the solution wasn’t quick enough to go over Graham’s head, who started laughing at the voiceover saying “it’s not Chanel”, who represents Spain.
And although the error was quickly brushed aside, it wasn’t long before the second in the section arrived – as Mika introduced the next act as Holland, despite the Netherlands having already played earlier In the evening.
Not quite: when approaching Romanian competitor WRS, Mika accidentally called them Spain
Intervening to make a correction, Graham said: ‘No, it’s not Poland, the Netherlands isn’t even there’, with Mika looking visibly confused.
The presenter caught on quickly and exclaimed “This is Poland” after the correction, as the camera cut the performance.
Despite the mishap, Graham and Mika seemed to be having an enjoyable night – even smiling for a photo together earlier in the evening.
Calling the commentator “a true legend”, Mika took to Twitter to share the photo, writing, “Look who I met backstage!” A true @eurovision legend! So glad to see you again @grahnort #eurovision.’
Good start: Things were going well as the singer spoke to Maro, who represented Portugal during the evening