Friday 30 September 2016

Eurovision: What's another year? We simply weren't good enough. Again.

Published 13/05/2016 | 07:21

Ireland's Nicky Byrne performs the song 'Sunlight'.
Ireland's Nicky Byrne performs the song 'Sunlight'.
Nicky Byrne on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm (AP)

What's another year, as they say.

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We simply weren't good enough. Again.

RTE have big questions to answer now. How can you select an act with no public consultation?

We all thought that former Westlifer Nicky Byrne would scrape through.

Michal Szpak representing Poland performs the song 'Colour Of Your Life' during the 2nd semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Michal Szpak representing Poland performs the song 'Colour Of Your Life' during the 2nd semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

In fairness, he put on a good show.

While he has come in for his fair share of criticism during the week, Nicky's boyband rehearsals certainly came in handy as he confidently belted out his track, Sunlight.

It was hands down our best stage Eurovision performance since 2011 and, for a time, Nicky was in contention.

We had been critical of the poor staging during rehearsals, but Nicky and his team ramped things up for last night's show - but it just wasn't to be.

Ivan representing Belarus performs the song 'Help You Fly' during the 2nd semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Ivan representing Belarus performs the song 'Help You Fly' during the 2nd semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

All the same, the handsome Dubliner looked well. The same cannot be said for some of the other entrants.

We will say nothing of the Polish entry - who remarkably made it through. If his long hair and goatee wasn't enough to put hair on your chest (no pun intended) he chose to style himself in a red military coat reminiscent of Cheryl Fernandez Versini's Fight for This Love video.

Last night certainly did not disappoint on the weird and whacky scale, with a naked man and a wolf just one of the bizarre gimmicks on offer during the 18 performances that took to the stage in Stockholm.

Despite our own disappointment, I challenge anyone who was watching last night's Eurovision semi-final to tell me that it's not the greatest night's entertainment all year - it's just bonkers.

One of the stand-out performances from last night definitely came from the Australian entry.

It is pretty damning that this was only the second Eurovision entry from the land down under, but it was better than anything Ireland or the UK have sent this century.

We could be off to Sydney next year - if the rules allowed it.

But, from Ireland at least, it's g'day, mate.

Herald

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