Eurovision has become a complete farce
SO A bearded lady with flowing brown locks dressed in a glittery ball gown won the Eurovision at the weekend, yeah? That wasn't some horrendous nightmare I had while wishing we could turn the clock back to the glory years of Eurovision, when we went with a good song and had as fair a chance as anyone else of actually winning?
Ever since Finnish heavy metal act Lordi took the European crown back in 2006 I've lost all interest in the competition as a serious musical event. Remember, they were the ones wearing monster masks and bellowing and roaring God knows what at the tops of their voices, yet still managed to win the competition?
Don't get me wrong, it's not that I've ever taken the whole Eurovision concept all that seriously, but I'm not afraid to admit that the golden years of Johnny Logan, Niamh Kavanagh and the good ol' Rock and Roll Kids will always have a special place in my heart.
I genuinely used to love watching the Eurovision back then because we were always there or there abouts. I loved the voting system and seeing how many 'douze points' we were going to get, and had the pleasure of celebrating all seven times Ireland won.
Lately however, the competition has become a complete farce, and this was proven emphatically at the weekend when a 'lady' with a beard took the title.
I admit, the song wasn't bad and, in fairness, he had a great voice so why did it have to be turned into this spectacle? Is it a song contest or is it not? If it is about the singing, then let's stick to that.
For the first time since 2009, Ireland failed to even make it to the final and Hazel Kaneswaren, who wrote our song, was justifiably peed off. She and her act, Kasey Smith and Can Linn, put months of work into producing a great show (minus the ridiculous Irish dancers, admittedly), only to be 'robbed' as she said by ridiculous entries.
And she's absolutely right. They were robbed and unfortunately it looks as if that's the way it's always going to be.
If the Eurovision has turned into this embarrassing spectacle where bearded ladies and masked monsters is where we're at, then maybe it's timed Ireland bowed out gracefully - because it's simply not fair to those who put so much work in.
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