See Xnthony play here
Yesterday: Sunlight Into Wine
Previously: Give Him His Douze
Former Westlife singer and RTÉ 2FM broadcaster Nicky Byrne (above) has reportedly been selected to represent Ireland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden.
What this represents is an extremely lazy choice for RTÉ. Nicky is a lovely guy, great personality but time and time again Eurovision is used by singers who have been out of the music business for a long time (Think Englebert Humperdink, Bonnie Tyler etc). RTÉ could have done three things:
a) Revive the Castlebar Song Contest
b) A ten song final broadcast on a Sunday evening or Saturday/Friday night
c) Asked a current band – my choice would have been a floor filler with Le Galaxie and Sinead O Connor
Another opportunity wasted by RTÉ again….
He has a dream.
Wannabe popstar, Xnthony, who you’ve previously featured signing autographs on Grafton Street, last night announced his bid for Eurovision glory in 2016 outside the Gaiety Theatre.
Xnthony will seek the guidance of the public in selecting a song for the competition in a series of special performances, titled Douze, in Smock Alley as part of the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival. It’d be great to be featured on the site again given how popular he’s been with your readers in the past….
Previously: Meet Xnthony
Don’t let that typo effect your enjoyment of this.
(H/T: John Gallen)
Elizabeth Laragy writes:
“Twenty years ago today Rock n Roll Kids performed by Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington [above] won the Eurovision in The Point. A documentary on the song’s songwriter Brendan Graham is going out this Monday at 2pm on RTÉ Radio 1…”
Where Were You On April 3rd, 1971?
In your mummy’s tummy you say?
Now read on.
RTE Archives sez:
April 3 1971 marks the first time that the Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in Dublin, following Dana’s win the previous year. The Eurovision production was also one of the first home produced colour television programmes broadcast by RTÉ.”
Angela Farrell represented Ireland in the contest with the song ‘One Day Love’ and came in eleventh place. The Eurovision Song Contest 1971 was won by Monaco with the artist Séverine singing ‘Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue”.
Watch (in full Eurocolour) here.
(H/T: John Gallen)
It’s judgment night.
Tonight is the Eurosong final, can you ask fellow Broadsheet readers to get behind Can-Linn and Kasey Smith [top with Ryan Turbridy] It’s the only song that stands a chance of doing well in Eurovision as it’s good. Eoghan Quigg’s song is a downer, 1989 called and asked Patricia Roe for her song back, Andrew Mann while talented is not Eurovision and the other song is so forgettable that I cant even be bothered looking for it. Come on Kasey!!!
UPDATE: Can-Linn wins!
(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)