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Let’s stop whining – Ireland (and RTÉ) can learn the secret of the UK’s Eurovision success

Kirsty Blake Knox


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There was much complaining when Irish entry Brooke Scullion failed to make it to the final. Photo: EBU/Corinne Cumming/PA Wire

There was much complaining when Irish entry Brooke Scullion failed to make it to the final. Photo: EBU/Corinne Cumming/PA Wire

There was much complaining when Irish entry Brooke Scullion failed to make it to the final. Photo: EBU/Corinne Cumming/PA Wire

Anti-Thatcherism, Eastern-bloc conspiracies, revenge for Brexit. For more than 20 years, there have been countless theories as to why the United Kingdom failed to make a (positive) impact at the Eurovision Song Contest.

But then, at the weekend, Sam Ryder came second in the 66th Eurovision — first in the jury vote and fifth in the public vote — and all those theories were exposed as being complete and utter guff.


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