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Sunday 21 January 2018

And so the drama begins... Aslan's McGuinness calls for RTÉ to remove Louis Walsh from tonight's Eurosong contest

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Bitching, conspiracy theories and power ballads – ah yes, it must be the 2014 Eurosong competition.

We expected there to be some drama surrounding tonight’s all singing all dancing showdown but Aslan’s Billy McGuinness has come out fighting form slamming Louis Walsh and claiming the music mogul has a stranglehold over the 2014 Eurosong Competition.

Rock legend McGuinness believes RTE need to “remove Louis Walsh from Eurosong completely or else they might as well call it Louis-song.”

Walsh will appear on ‘The Late Late Show’s Eurosong Discussion Panel’ along with Linda Martin, Eoghan McDermott and Maia Dunphy.

The four ‘Eurovision experts’ will critique each song after it is performed.

 “They need to take Louis out of the equation,” McGuinness said. “Louis is in a position of power to manipulate the text vote. That's wrong.”

“We are David,” he said referring to his own Eurosong entry. “And Louis is Golaith.”

McGuinness believes Walsh has vested interest in two acts; former X Factor star Eoghan Quigg and Kasey Smith.

“This year, Louis Walsh is backing Kasey and he's backing Eoghan Quigg,” he said.

“He’s asking people to tweet his support of Eoghan and Kasey. How can we compete with that? We can’t.”

But Eoghan Quigg hit back McGuinness's claims saying he had not spoken to Louis since the X Factor while his mentor Mark Murphy said he was responsible for asking high profile celebrities to tweet their support.

McGuinness’s act, Laura O’Neill will perform single ‘You Don’t Remember Me’ along with the other Eurovision hopefuls Patricia Roe, Kasey Smith, Eoghan Quigg and Andrew Mann.

“Why not let an unknown act like Laura – who is very, very talented and is going to have a career – why not give her a chance?”

McGuinness believes we need to ditch the text voting if we want to return to our Eurovision glory days. “It's not fair. I'm trying to even the playing field.”

“We need to lose the text vote and go back to an anonymous vote. It has served us well in the past. Whenever Ireland won, it was not text voting.”

The five songs will be performed live on ‘The Late Late Show’ from 9:35pm with Marty Whelan rushing about backstage as a roving reporter.

Three time Eurovision winner Johnny Logan will sing a medley of his Eurovision hits while Rock and Roll kids Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington will perform their 1994 winner.

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