Louis Walsh, who was responsible for selecting Brendan Murray for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, has urged Irish artists and songwriters not to turn their back on the competition.
When asked a qiestion about Ireland’s future Eurovision participation during a recent appearance on the RTÉ chat show “Saturday Night with Miriam”, Walsh stated that Ireland’s should stick at the competition and continuing sending entries. He believes that by persevering and not getting too downhearted by the failures to qualify for the final, Ireland can return to the glory days it had in the Nineties.
He stated his disappointment at the unwillingness to take part in the contest amongst singers and songwriters, for fear of a bad result.
When asked about his involvement in this year’s contest and his choice of song, he stated:
“I picked a ballad this year because we always won with ballads – Johnny Logan and Linda [Martin] and Niamh Kavanagh and stuff. So, I thought we were going to do really, really well.”
He was shocked when Brendan Murray did not get through to the final, as he thought that he delivered a strong performance on the night and was convinced that Brendan would definitely make it to the final.
RTÉ recently organised a Eurovision Forum in order to generate ideas for turning the Ireland’s recent string of results around. Brendan Murray was the fourth consecutive Irish entrant not to reach the Eurovision final.
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Ireland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and is currently the most successful country to have participated in the contest, winning a total of seven times. During the 1990s Ireland was a powerhouse in the contest becoming the first country to win three years in a row from 1992 to 1994. Since 2000 Ireland has struggled in the contest having qualified from the semi-final into the final just five out of a possible 12 times. Ireland’s last top 10 result came in 2011 when Jedward finished 8th in Dusseldorf.