We’ll joke about and laugh all we want at the Eurovision, but when it comes down to it, the votes are clocked up and the results are in, we really do take it personally that we didn’t make it.
Ireland’s act Can-linn featuring Kasey Smith failed to make it to the final last night at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest’s second semi-final.
Judging by the Twitter reaction, we did take it personally, but we also acknowledged the fact that our performance just wasn’t strong enough.
If we’re to relive the Eurovision glory days, which we can, there are a few things that need to be fixed.
Here are only some of them, no doubt you have more...
1. Quit the paddy-whackery
They know we’re Irish, there is no need to adorn our performance with things that are ‘typically Irish’. We don’t need a fiddle, flute or an Irish dancer, Europe knows who we are and they will vote when they see something good.
Let’s stop trying to endear them with our ‘Hey, we’re Irish, we’re a great bunch of lads, remember us?’ performances.
2. Anything goes
Let’s not hold back.
Watching the show last night, it seemed anything goes. Polish maids in traditional costume, albeit with a lot more cleavage, washing clothes – well, why not? An infinite piano that didn’t even play music? Well, it got people talking.
Next year, let’s have the show that people won’t leave the room for, no matter how many cans of fizzy drink they’ve consumed in the past hour.
3. Become independent
Even more Irish fans have mentioned how we need to become independent from the national broadcaster in our Eurovision bid. RTE control how the Eurovision entry is selected and how it is presented on stage.
The Eurosong Contest hosted on the Late Late Show does not help the matter in attempting to appeal to a young Eurovision-enthusiastic audience. We know RTE were there in the glory days but times have changed.
4. What works in the market?
Think about what works in the market today.
A One Direction-like band called ‘Softengine’ performed for Finland last night. None of them had particular amazing voices, but the package as a whole looked good, quite like One Direction themselves.
Malta presented a Mumford & Sons-like band called Firelight that had a strong following on social media. Yes, we were quick to mention they sounded like Mumford & Sons, but the song was good and an easy listen.
5. Stop the history lesson
Finally, a lot of Eurovision fans both last night and this morning were quick to mention it looks like Ireland tries to copy years gone by.
Everybody saw the massive commercial and Eurovision success of Sweden’s Euphoria in 2012, it’s highly unlikely another dance tune will beat that in the next few years.
Let’s break the mould, why should we be a carbon copy of past performances? Let’s take a risk.