According to reports, John Lydon, the former lead singer of 70s punk band “The Sex Pistols” has been entered into the Irish national selection process for Eurovision 2018.
Lydon, also known by the stage name “Johnny Rotten,” was the frontman of the controversial but highly successful and influential punk rock band from 1975 to 1978. Their 1977 album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols is often considered to be one of the best albums of all-time.
According to the Irish Sun, Lydon’s proposed entry will be a song composed by Niall Mooney which has been described as a cross between country and punk. Niall Mooney will be a familiar name to Eurovision fans. He has previously co-written the 2009 Eurovision entry for Ireland, Et Cetera by Sinead Mulvey & Black Daisy and also the 2010 entry, Niamh Kavanagh’s It’s for you.
If the proposal is accepted by the Irish broadcaster, RTÉ, then Lydon will rework the song with his band Public Image Limited. Public Image Limited was formed by Lydon in 1978 as an experimental project following the break-up of the Sex Pistols. Since then, they have released 10 studio albums. Lydon is quoted by The Irish Sun:
It would be a great honour for me to represent Ireland for the Eurovision Song contest
Earlier this year, RTÉ held a Eurovision forum with music industry professionals, media figures and Eurovision fans. The forum discussed how Ireland could end its poor run of form of the contest and Irish Head of Delegation, Michael Kealy said that RTÉ were expressly looking for a “killer song perfomed by an act with vast experience of playing live to big crowds.”
Whether Mooney’s song, Pleased To Meet You, will be accepted by RTÉ remains to be seen. The Irish Sun quotes an insider at the station as saying that the Eurovision team are not keen on the proposal:
“This could be even worse for Ireland than Dustin the Turkey with John Lydon screaming into a microphone at Eurovision in Portugal next year.”
According to the rules of the Irish selection for Eurovision 2018, it is open to RTÉ to change the artist on a submitted entry if they see fit.
Ireland has failed to qualify for the Eurovision final for the past four years. In 2017, Brendan Murray finished in 13th place in his semi-final in Kyiv with the song Dying to Try.
Source: The Irish Sun
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.