Wednesday 20 September 2017

Johnny Logan slams 'cheap and nasty' approach to Eurovision song

Johnny Logan
Johnny Logan
‘Eurovision’ King Johnny Logan
Johnny Logan
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Eurovision legend Johnny Logan has slammed RTÉ's approach to a song to represent Ireland as "cheap and nasty".

The Hold Me Now singer was speaking after Louis Walsh suggested he would love him to pen a song for this year's bid.

"I like Louis but he knows I would never have anything to do with our Eurovision entry the way it’s currently being done by RTÉ. Because at the moment, it’s cheap and nasty — that’s how it seems to me," Logan told the Sun.

The artists, who won the competition in 1980 and again in 1987 said he wasn't surprised Louis was drafted in to lead the charge this year.

"They seemed to have tried everything else at this stage," he said.

While in the past there has been a competition to allow the public to have a say in selecting the song, it is now selected in a one-off Late Late special.

“RTÉ should go down to the BIMM music college and find the best new songwriters to come up with songs.

“RTÉ should have a show running for several weeks like they do in Norway, Sweden and Denmark to find a song for Ireland.”

Singer Brendan Murray will represent Ireland this time out.

The state broadcaster said it is not in a position to dedicate whole series to select and entry for this year's Eurovision.

“By appointing Louis to help select a song, RTÉ can put all of the resources available into the production of the act for the stage show in Stockholm and, of course, get the benefit of the many years of experience Louis has," the broadcaster said in a statement to the newspaper.

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