Eurovision legends lean on each other
IF only RTE bosses could organise it, this pairing would be a dream team for Europe.
Shoppers outside the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin yesterday were treated to a performance by Irish Eurovision royalty, with three-time winner Johnny Logan sharing vocal duties with 1993 winner Niamh Kavanagh.
The two were singing their hearts out to launch the new mental health awareness campaign 'Lean on Me', aimed at encouraging friends and family to support those affected by depression.
Backed by the Bray Gospel Choir, Logan and Kavanagh certainly cheered up everybody as they performed the Bill Withers 1972 hit of the same name.
"I knew I'd get back to The Gaiety one day," joked Logan (55).
"Johnny and I belong to the Irish Eurovision club but it's the first time we've ever sang together," Kavanagh said.
Winning the Eurovision for Ireland in 1993 with 'In Your Eyes', the former bank worker had less luck representing the country in Moscow in May this year, finishing 23rd out of the 25 countries.
However, the 42-year-old mother of two revealed she would be prepared to compete again next year.
"If it was the right thing to do for the song, yes I would. Why wouldn't I?" she said.
Logan claimed he was prepared to advise RTE on their song selection this year, if not compete himself or write the song.
"If I felt there was anything I could do to help Ireland in Eurovision, I would do it. But in certain cases I feel that my hands would be tied. However, I'm not even sure I'm the right person to write the song anymore," he added.
Both singers were keen to promote the 'Lean On Me' campaign and accompanying website www.leanonme.net.