Ryan calls for song to inspire nation
Ireland needs to win the Eurovision song contest to "lift the country" and put us back on the musical map, 'The Late Late Show' host Ryan Tubridy said last night.
"Of all the years for us to do something in this contest, 2010 is the one. We need a win. It would musically put us back on the map and even more importantly, give us a lift.
"It would be like beating Brazil but that didn't happen.
"After all, these acts winning the Eurovision in the last few years. . . wouldn't look out of place in the bar in Star Wars.
"It would be nice to have a pasty-faced Irish win," said Tubridy.
The 'Late Late' host was speaking ahead of tonight's Eurosong 2010 edition of the programme in which Ireland's entry for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Norway, next May will be chosen.
While defending previous unsuccessful Irish Eurovision bids, with the exception of Dustin the Turkey's 2008 ironically titled 'Irlande Douze Points', which Tubridy described as "an atrocity", the 35-year old said Ireland boasted "an embarrassment of riches in our songs and music rather than an embarrassment".
Among the judges on tonight's panel will be Ireland's twice Eurovision winner Johnny Logan, who will be taking part despite a number of grievances with RTE.
Last year the singer claimed an appearance he was due to make on 'The Late Late Show' had been cancelled at short notice because he had been interviewed on Ray D'Arcy's Today FM programme the same day.
Tubridy said Logan's previous rows with RTE "were not an issue" and that he had interviewed the singer many times on his radio show.
"I was keen to have Johnny on and put any kind of other shenanigans behind us, in terms of his fraught relations with whoever it might be," he said.
Meanwhile, Eurosong finalist Mikey Graham has revealed the difficulties he has faced preparing for tonight's show while competing in ITV's 'Dancing on Ice' and rehearsing with Boyzone.
"It's like I have three separate personalities but it has been a struggle preparing for Eurosong with 'Dancing on Ice' happening every weekend," he said.
Along with Mikey Graham, performing 'Baby Nothing's Wrong', the other four Eurosong finalists are Leanne Moore, singing 'Does Heaven Need Much More?'; Lee Bradshaw with 'Rivers Of Silence'; Monika Ivkic performing 'Fashion Queen'; and 1993 Irish Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh singing 'It's For You';
The winner of tonight's Eurosong 2010 will be decided by a 50pc regional jury vote and 50pc public tele-vote, which replicates recent changes to the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest itself.