Charlie McGettigan who won the Eurovision Song Contest 1994 has called on RTÉ to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel.
Speaking to RTÉ Radio One, one half of the winning act from Eurovision 1994 has called on Ireland to boycott next years contest in Israel. The singer joins a growing number of voices both in the music world and politics in Ireland, who are calling on the national broadcaster to not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The singer took to the radio today saying;
the Eurovision should make a statement by not having the Eurovision in Jerusalem next year… I think the people who organise the Eurovision should make a statement by not having the Eurovision in Jerusalem next year, that they should have it somewhere else. I think they need to make a decision, but if they don’t. I think we (Ireland) need to make the decision not to go
It’s a chance for the whole of Europe who are involved in Eurovision to make a statement and sort of say, ‘Look, we don’t agree with this, to celebrate while other people are dying’. The Eurovision, first of all, should be encouraged to boycott it and have it in another country and if they don’t, we (Ireland) shouldn’t go.
Ireland is not the only nation that is questioning whether they will take part in the 2019 contest. In Iceland nearly 20,000 people have signed a petition asking for their national broadcast to boycott the competition in Israel.