Friday 26 December 2014

‘Lowering the tone’ – Twink wades in on the Eurosong debate

Published 03/03/2014 | 13:01

Linda Martin confronts Billy McGuinness on the the Late Late Eurosong special as presenter Ryan Tubridy tries to restore order. Picture Andres Poveda
Louis Walsh and Linda Martin react to Billy McGuinness comments on the Late Late Eurosong special.

The Eurosong contest debacle live on television on Friday night ‘lowered the tone of the evening’, Twink has said.

The Irish entertainer criticised Aslan’s Billy McGuinness’s calls for Louis Walsh to leave the Eurosong judging panel.

“Billy is a decent guy and he has done a lot for the business,” Twink told independent.ie, “but Louis doesn’t have anyone in his back pocket.”

“Get over yourself,” she continued.

“We all know each other. Ireland is a small place. People have access to people, Louis has access to people. Of course he will encourage them to vote, it’d be looking a gift horse in the mouth not to.

“I think Billy should stop – Louis has a right to be [on the panel].”

Linda Martin confronts Billy McGuinness on the the Late Late Eurosong special as presenter Ryan Tubridy tries to restore order. Picture Andres Poveda
Linda Martin confronts Billy McGuinness on the the Late Late Eurosong special as presenter Ryan Tubridy tries to restore order. Picture Andres Poveda
Louis Walsh and Linda Martin react to Billy McGuinness comments on the Late Late Eurosong special.

Twink, who has had her differences in the past with Linda Martin, declined to comment on Martin’s role in the argument.

Eurosong mentor Billy McGuinness used the opportunity on the Eurosong contest on the ‘The Late Late Show’ Friday evening to repeat his calls for Louis Walsh and Linda Martin to leave the judging panel for a ‘level playing field’.

He has since called for an apology after Mayoman Walsh said live on air that he thought the Aslan guitarist was ‘on something’.

“I don’t know what Billy is on but he is on something and it’s not a good thing,” Louis said from ‘The Late Late Show’ stage.

Meanwhile, Linda Martin left her seat to approach Billy McGuinness in the audience and called him an ‘odious little man’.

Adele King, otherwise known as Twink, told independent.ie today that she didn’t watch the show but she ‘heard about the kerfuffle’.

“They’re obviously all passionate about their acts,” she said.

“I didn’t see it but I don’t like when an event like that in the Irish music industry is reduced to a verbal brawl on live television. It lowers the tone of the evening.”

Twink also said she believes the public texting vote should be abolished and the Eurosong voting system should return to panel vote only.

“I think the panel vote is better,” she said.

“They say ‘vox populi’, the ‘voice of the people’ and that’s what the panel vote was. It was a fair representation and a fair vote.

“Having said that, I do believe the right song was chosen on Friday night.

“Kasey Smith is very talented, she’s brilliant.”

Can-linn, featuring Kasey Smith, was announced on Friday night as the winning act to represent Ireland at the 59th Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark this May.

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