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28.05.12

Ireland Will Never Win Eurovision Again...

As Jedward arrived home from Eurovision disaster yesterday something dawned on us folks, Ireland will never win Eurovision again. Yup. Just like the Brits we like to run-down the world’s biggest music contest but as last weekend showed, Europe has talent in bags and all your Engelberts and Jedwards aint convincing anyone...

Jedward

Fair play to Jedward folks, they really gave it everything to win Eurovision. They went over two weeks before the contest, done all the media, wore all the outfits, charmed everyone in their wake. Can’t fault their effort. But no amount of global trending on Twitter could stop their on-stage fountain raining down Johnny Logan's tears from yesteryear... As Graham Norton quipped, the song sounded the same when the microphone was away from their lips and only the four backing singers could be heard.

Jedward

Truth is folks, Europe has talent. A hell of a lot more than anything Ireland or Britain has produced in over a decade. And no matter how many turkeys or spiky haired twins we throw at the contest, ultimately we end up with egg on our faces. And deservedly so... For the most part, it's no longer a gimmicky cultural freak show. Those Euro acts can sing and dance and boy do they look great... Even the Russian Grannies had a decent tune.

Jedward

And as Ireland and Britain give each other points even when nobody else does with Marty Whelan and Graham Norton complaining about Euro bloc voting, we should just be honest with ourselves. We just aint good enough anymore and the process we go through to choose our acts is completely outdated and so flawed that it means Ireland will never win the Eurovision again... They system needs a radical shake up.

Jedward with brothers Nathan & Cian Delaney

Back in the day when Ireland had nothing else going for it other than its outstanding Eurovision record, the show actually meant something here. And to this day no one has topped our Riverdance half-time-show... So we can do it, if we really want to... Somewhere along the way we lost our way and as the Celtic Tiger roared our Eurovision dreams seemed trite. And look where that got us... Ireland needs to get its mojo back.

Jedward

And you may say, big deal, but it is a big deal. Ireland used to be good at producing world beater musicians and singers. It was what we did best... Now we only produce assembly line singers on franchised talent shows... And after a single hit, they go the way of your average Big Brother contestant. Down the swanny.

Jedward

If Ireland is serious about Eurovision, the RTE producers in charge of selection cannot put us through that horrific Late Late Show talent show thingy they do each year. Truth is, they need to be searching for a band or singer that can go beyond the Eurovision, win or no... They shouldn't be trying to build a one-off act for the sole reason of winning the contest on the back of trying to plicate to some outdated idea of what Europe wants. A great song will win the day. And no amount of gimmickry and bloc votes will change that.

Jedward & manager Liam McKenna

So there you have it folks, as Jedward's Eurovision dream rides off into the sunset we need to dust ourselves off and reset our Eurovision ethos. And it's as simple as this - actual talent will always win the day, so instead of trying to create some monster hybrid of gimmicks and nonsense to plicate to some non-existent Pan-European taste bud. All we need are great singers singing great songs. Simple as... Anyone remember raw talent?

Jedward

But it has to be said, well done Jedward. You gave it everything lads.

 

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Horace – Kerry
January 28, 2013 - 01:43

send nellie smudge over shes a ticket and could win the thing outright - bring on nellie

Joe – Departure Gate 2 - Dublin Airport
June 01, 2012 - 16:26

Agree with Donny, it's all about Diaspora voting. So there's an simple way for us to start winning again...... Yes all we have to do is move Austraila, Canade, New Zealand & the USA to Europe... lol

Reinhard Heydrich – Bohemia & Moravia
May 30, 2012 - 08:20

Will their popularity fade when they reach puberty?

Strawbs – Limerick
May 30, 2012 - 02:18

Even though this site is usually ridiculous this article hit the nail on the head. The selection process is a big part of the problem. If we don't fix that we're going nowhere.

Donny – Dublin
May 29, 2012 - 17:58

It's NOT Bloc or Political or Cultural voting. It's called Diaspora voting. It has nothing to do with neighbours voting for one another but rather people of a certain nationality who LIVE in another country voting for tgheir own country. For example, there are a lot of Lithuanians and Poles in Ireland, hence the tendency for Ireland to give them high marks. This has been the case since telephone voting was introduced. Bring back jury only voting and Ireland and the UK have a chance again.

Ruddiger – Winterfell
May 29, 2012 - 12:03

Well said Herr Himmler mein Freund.

Heinrich Himmler – Berlin
May 28, 2012 - 21:23

When I see things like this I wonder if Ireland deserves to be mired in mass unemployment and emigration.

q – c
May 28, 2012 - 17:55

Who wrote this nonsense??

Sharon – Denver, Colorado
May 28, 2012 - 04:40

Back to Basics! Avoid the gimmicks and imagery. We need a solid ballad - a female with a powerful voice.

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