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ESC Reporter | January 19, 2018

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ESC Reporter speaks to Charlie McGettigan!

ESC Reporter speaks to Charlie McGettigan!
Emma Kiernan

ESC Reporter exclusively talked to one half of Ireland’s winning duo from 1994, Charlie McGettigan. McGettigan’s performance of “Rock ‘N Roll Kids”, along with Paul Harrington, became Ireland’s sixth victory. It was also the third win in the string of their three back-to-back wins in the 90s.


Charlie McGettigan spoke about this year’s contest and how Eurovision has changed his life.



Hi Charlie. Did you watch the contest this year?

I watched the contest as a judge this year, in that I was on the Irish panel.



“My favourite was The Common Linnets”



What is your opinion on Conchita Wurst? Do you think she has done something good for Eurovision? 

I think she sang really well and the song was very strong. However, my favourite was The Common Linnets – “Calm After The Storm,” the Netherlands’ entry. It was great to see a country song in the contest. I think Conchita certainly brought a lot of attention to the contest in that she was a transvestite and kept her beard.


There have been talks to change Ireland’s selection format. Do you think this is a good idea?
I think that we should go back to the old way when the contest was a contest open to all songwriters. The songs were judged by a supervised panel having been sent in anonymously. The final eight were allowed to sing in the National Song Contest and were judged by panels from all over the country. If they want to include telephone contributions, they could allow people to choose what they feel the judges will vote for and be eligible for a prize if they can match the top three.


Who would you like to see represent Ireland?
The best song sung by the best singer.


You won in 1994, do you remember what songs were your favourites or your competition that year?
Isn’t it sad to say that I can’t remember any of them. I do remember Riverdance though.


What did you think of Riverdance?
It was one of the most exciting things I’ve ever seen in the world of Irish entertainment..



“Eurovision made me a household name”



How did the contest change your life?
Winning the Eurovision made me a household name and people still come up to me and talk about it. It can be a little embarrassing sometimes too. Parents bringing their children up to meet you and they haven’t a clue who you are because they weren’t even born in 1994. I still sing the song everywhere I play and everyone sings it with me which is nice.


What are you up to at the moment?
I still gig, record, and write songs. I present radio programmes on my local radio station. I do quite a bit of television work and am quite busy producing records for other artists.


Lastly, do you have a favourite Eurovision song?

Yes, although it didn’t win. It was “Let me be the one” by the Shadows in 1975.




Thanks to Charlie McGettigan for doing this interview with us!


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