Singer Sinead O’Connor has spoken online about representing Ireland at The Eurovision Song Contest.
Speaking on Twitter, Sinead said:
Always wondered why they’ve never sent me to sing the Eurovision song for Ireland: why send a child to do a man’s job, like? I’d have blown them all off the stage::::
— Sinead O’Connor (Shuhada Sadaqat) (@MagdaDavitt77) May 22, 2021
Speaking to the Irish Newspaper The Irish Sun, Former Irish Head of Delegation Julian Vignoles said that the Irish broadcaster RTE should take up on Sinead’s offer, adding:
“Sinead would have a big recognition factor across Europe. She’s also used to playing big stages and is massively charismatic.
“There is the matter of the song but for a gifted songwriter with a proven track record like Sinead, I wouldn’t say it’s outside her capability to write a Eurovision contender.
“Perhaps a quiet song would play to her strengths, and connect with millions of people.”
Head of Irish Delegation Michael Kealy recently spoke about how he’d like to see a National Final for Ireland, but Julian spoke about how if the broadcaster could get Sinead, RTE could go internal instead, adding:
“I don’t think anyone would mind because Sinead would have the whole country behind her.”
Sending established names to Eurovision has worked well for Ireland in the past, with Brian Kennedy finishing in tenth place in 2006 (selected internally with a public selected song) and Jedward finishing in eighth place in 2011 (selected via a National Final).
Below you can hear Sinead’s classic ‘Nothing compares to you’ which reached Number 1 in over 20 countries:
What would you like to see Ireland do next year? Would you like RTE to have a National Final, or would you like to see Sinead represent the country? Let us know in the comments section below!