Getting A Semi


Last night.

Lisbon, Portugal

Ryan O’Shaugnessy’s performance – including same sex smoochiness (top) – secured a Eurovision final place for Ireland – the first time in five years.

In fairness.

Nation shares pride at Eurovision qualification (RTÉ)


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31 thoughts on “Getting A Semi

  1. Martco

    zzzzzzzzz. dirge.

    ah. i just wish some year we’d go for it with My Lovely Horse

    really really think it would have a proper shot

  2. Daisy Chainsaw

    I think the song is quite sweet and melodious. I don’t know if it will win because it doesn’t go for “Big Dumb Show” or scream novelty act like Israel, but quiet ballads have fared well recently. Good luck to him.

    1. Christopher

      Actually it does go for the “big dumb show”- two guys doing modern dance in fake streetscape with snow falling. For a song about a break up! Non-native English speakers all didn’t seem to get the lyric and stage show disconnect.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        sure aren’t the gays forever breaking up, getting it on again, breaking up, getting it on again, breaking up, getting it on again… you could hardly keep up with them.

        1. ReproBertie (SCU)

          That’s exactly why we couldn’t trust them with marriage.

          Well, that and the baby factories.

    2. PlumBobSmearPants

      It is a sweet song and our best entry in years. I thought last years song was the best song in years too. I remember sitting there on the sofa and exclaiming that I really liked it and was rounded upon. My wife thought it was a novelty song of sorts. I reminded her it was rooted in Portuguese Fado which we both really like. One of our favourite artists Melody Gardot did an album with a similar doubt. And worked with Sobral. He and his sister are serious musicians. Anyways. I was not surprised is won.

      This year I feel it will be something the kids call a ‘banger’.

      1. david

        Last years song was great totally agree
        But why is it the LGBT bullshit has to push the gay agenda
        Pretty tacky and they go on about Israel
        Contrary to LGBT many people are straight in Ireland and get sick of this in your face gay pride bull
        Mind you imam old fashioned because its now pride and the gay in gay pride has dissappeared and now I’m banned

        1. Grace

          Yeh! lets have everything 100% hetro just like it was five years ago, before the gays starting pushing their gay agenda on everything

    3. AssPants

      Full of novelty….isn’t that what the gay dancers are for; fashionably guy is what got Ireland through to the next round of Eurovision.

  3. Christopher

    Probably the biggest shock qualifier. Mad that anyone would think it has a chance on Saturday- it was a borderline qualifier helped by being at the very end of the running order (lets be real, do you think Albania and Lithuania will also be in with a chance?). Would not be surprise if it came in 10th even though they announce the qualifiers in random order.

    1. Rob_G

      Now now, it’s only a couple of nights each year – whereas that rugby scutter seems to be never off the television…

      People like it, let them to it.

  4. Martco

    if RTE were allowed to fail…how much money per annum would be saved?

    I’m thinking it’s in the region of €400m but I’m open to correction

      1. Andrew

        because that the only alternative is it? TV3 is a commercial entity only and doesn’t extract a licence fee. RTE does both.
        TG4 is what RTE should be, no more than that

        1. ReproBertie (SCU)

          TV3 does get a small cut of the licence fee.

          TG4 is brilliant and if RTÉ could be more like them I’d be very happy.

          1. Andrew

            If they get a cut at all it must be a minuscule cut of the licence fee, let’s face it. It does provide a news and current affairs service etc.

          2. Cian

            7% of the total revenue net of An Post’s commission is paid to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) for the operation of the Broadcasting Funding Scheme, which provides funding in support of high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience, and programmes to improve adult literacy. Revenue from this fund can be applied for by independent producers and broadcasters for specific projects of a public service nature.

            TG4 also receives an amount of the TV licence revenue and this is currently set at €4.245m per annum.

            An Post gets a commission for collecting the fee.

            All remaining revenues are paid to RTÉ.


  5. Andrew

    The song seems to be very representative of contemporary Irish popular music.
    Dreary ballads; each one unrecognisable from the next.

  6. Brian Dead

    It’s outrageous that we have homeless kids starving in the streets and are wasting money on this abomination

  7. Murtles

    It no lovely song about showering you with sugar lumps and riding over fences…..

  8. SOQ

    I really wouldn’t want to be a neighbour of that screaming queen, let’s hope he lives in the country eh?

    1. Frilly Keane

      Fluffy was actually in the EuroQueens pit
      He’s tipping France t’win btw

      He’ll be there again tonight
      Keep an eye out

      That lad there is a pal of Derek Mooney’s

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