Monday 24 July 2017

Declan Lynch: Eurosong drama had us hooked even if the winning entry didn't

Linda Martin's 'gobshite' outburst and embarrassing scoreboard debacle stole the show, writes Declan Lynch

Louis Walsh and Linda Martin react to Billy McGuinness comments on the Late Late Eurosong special.
Louis Walsh and Linda Martin react to Billy McGuinness comments on the Late Late Eurosong special.
Mentor Billy McGuinness and Linda Martin argue in front of a surprised Ryan Tubridy last night
Can-linn feat Kasey Smith performing their song “Heartbeat” during the Late Late Eurosong special.
Eoghan Quigg perforning his song The Movie Song during the Late Late Eurosong special.
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Tubridy swallowed hard. You could see the gulping motion of the Adam's apple, reflecting his inner turmoil as he gazed at the old scoreboard, which was telling him that two songs had finished on 99 points.

In that part of his brain which is rational, he knew that something was not right. Some ancestral voice was telling him that 52 plus 50 probably does not make 99, and that 54 plus 60 does not make 99 either. And yet that other part of his brain which had been perhaps permanently darkened if not entirely incinerated by the disturbing events of the night, told him to keep going.

The old scoreboard – and it must have been a very old scoreboard indeed – had never been wrong before.

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