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Thread: Johnny Logan on Late Late: RTE's Eurovision catastrophes

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    Default Johnny Logan on Late Late: RTE's Eurovision catastrophes

    Johnny Logan firing with both barrels at RTE for messing up the Eurovision. Tubridy trying to play it cool.

    Johnny says Eurovision belongs to the Irish people not some some elite group in RTE.

    Where did he get that idea? Oh sure, he won it once or twice (OK three times!) but where does he get off criticising RTE!

    Look at the fantastic representatives they've sent in recent years







    Here's where the rot set in:



    18. Ireland - Chris Doran - If the world stops turning
    Now, as we all know, Ireland have been running scared from hosting Eurovision again for many years, following their financially crippling run of success in the 1990s. And so, yet again, they've shoved some well-meaning hopeful into a suit, plonked a row of indifferent backing singers behind him, squeezed everyone from his home town on a plane with unlimited supplies of booze (you should see the size of the Irish "delegation" every year), and saddled him with yet another turgid dirge which threatens to stretch three short minutes into five long hours.

    (This one might be written by that guy who's just left Westlife - you know, the one with the wife who won that I'm A Celebrity doo-dah - but that changes nothing.)

    Yes, it's a toilet break. Ireland, the emptying bladders of Europe will be serenading you tonight.
    Prediction: bottom 3.
    Actual position: 23rd. CORRECT.

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    Dana is growing old gracefully going by her first picture there with Dustin. How about a joint Euro attempt with those two?

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    Mikey Graham's song was the best so far. The first two were dire - but then John Waters was responsible for one, and he is the embodiment of "dire", dire as a songwriter, dire as a journalist, even with dire hair.
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    Not a bad effort that last one - Niamh Kavanagh

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    Didn't think much of any of them to be honest. Niamh Kavanagh's one was ok to start and finish, but all over the place in the middle

    Mikey Graham's was absolutely horrendous

    The Fashion Show one was a rip off of Christina Aquilera's Candyman.. and a pretty bad rip off.. but would hold out the possibility of putting on a crazy dress performance at the actual Eurovision

    The first one.. was that Water's one ? ... five blondes.. you coud do something with them too

    And Rivers of Silence.. hmm... best keep silent about it

    Anyways, that wasn't what I wanted to write about. I wanted to knock on the head the constant refrain that "RTE couldn't afford the Eurovision".. what an absolute load of nonsense.. not only could Ireland afford it.. but they should be probably begging to be allowed host it.

    It would cost the national broadcaster around 10 million or so.. but would be easily recouped by advertising during the semi finals and final itself, given the huge viewership that it still attracts...

    But, more importantly in my opinion.. the Eurovision has a loyal audience of between 150-300 million people every year... how better to show off the country to possible tourists than by using those little inserts between songs

    It would easily pay for itself
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    Mikey Grahams song was alright but his voice is just awful. I can see Niamh Kavanaghs song/voice performing better in a 15,000 seater stadium other wise the rest was awful. Logan looks like a cheap porn star but he can sure sing

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockofcashel View Post
    Didn't think much of any of them to be honest. Niamh Kavanagh's one was ok to start and finish, but all over the place in the middle

    Mikey Graham's was absolutely horrendous

    The Fashion Show one was a rip off of Christina Aquilera's Candyman.. and a pretty bad rip off.. but would hold out the possibility of putting on a crazy dress performance at the actual Eurovision

    The first one.. was that Water's one ? ... five blondes.. you coud do something with them too

    And Rivers of Silence.. hmm... best keep silent about it

    Anyways, that wasn't what I wanted to write about. I wanted to knock on the head the constant refrain that "RTE couldn't afford the Eurovision".. what an absolute load of nonsense.. not only could Ireland afford it.. but they should be probably begging to be allowed host it.

    It would cost the national broadcaster around 10 million or so.. but would be easily recouped by advertising during the semi finals and final itself, given the huge viewership that it still attracts...

    But, more importantly in my opinion.. the Eurovision has a loyal audience of between 150-300 million people every year... how better to show off the country to possible tourists than by using those little inserts between songs

    It would easily pay for itself
    Wrong. RTÉ couldn't afford it. The advertising wouldn't cover the cost. Even if it did, that money wouldn't come in until around the broadcast time. But the bills have to be paid over the previous year. So as in the past they would have to slash the budget for everything else to pay the bills at the start. It is a nightmare for broadcasters. Every one that gets it hates it because they end up having to slash budgets elsewhere, cancel longstanding programmes, and in RTÉ's case running on bread and water financially for that season.

    Their response, as they joke, when they win is always the same "Brilliant, we won. . . Ah sh1t, we won. Well there goes next year's drama budget."
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    Niamh Kavanagh has to win


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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyO'Brien View Post
    Wrong. RTÉ couldn't afford it. The advertising wouldn't cover the cost. Even if it did, that money wouldn't come in until around the broadcast time. But the bills have to be paid over the previous year. So as in the past they would have to slash the budget for everything else to pay the bills at the start. It is a nightmare for broadcasters. Every one that gets it hates it because they end up having to slash budgets elsewhere, cancel longstanding programmes, and in RTÉ's case running on bread and water financially for that season.

    Their response, as they joke, when they win is always the same "Brilliant, we won. . . Ah sh1t, we won. Well there goes next year's drama budget."
    Give RTE the bloody Bord Failte budget.. the publicity alone to a captive audience would more than pay back the cost of hosting
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    Johnny Logan is a ringer for Ron Atkinson!

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