Ireland: “My Lovely Horse” writer Neil Hannon says he will never write a song for Eurovision


He’s the Divine Comedy frontman who co-wrote the iconic Eurovision parody song “My Lovely Horse”. But now the Northern Irish musician Neil Hannon has revealed he will never write an actual Eurovision entry. Hannon has told The Irish Sun that he feels Eurovision has lost its cheesy charm.

Hannon is the founder of the Northern Irish “chamber pop” group the Divine Comedy. They have a long career, with ten albums to their name. However, to Eurovision fans, Hannon is best known as the co-writer of the Eurovision parody song “My Lovely Horse”.

The song featured in a 1996 episode of the British sitcom Father Ted. The episode was based on the idea of the Irish broadcaster choosing a deliberately awful song in order to lose Eurovision and end Ireland’s costly winning-streak.

Neil Hannon revealed to The Irish Sun that in the past he has been asked to seriously contribute a song for Ireland’s Eurovision entry. He said, “I have been asked many times to write for Ireland, and I’ve always said no. Well, maybe not many times — but I’ve definitely been asked.”

But, as he explained, he’d never write for Eurovision because he’s no longer a fan of the song contest. He said, “Even though I know a lot about Eurovision and I’ve enjoyed elements of it over the years, I kind of don’t like the way it’s gone.”

Most of all, he feels that Eurovision has lost its cheesy appeal. “I don’t really want to be a part of it now. It’s rather lost its fun cheesiness — it’s all too seriousness now.”

Eurovision fans may disagree with that. In recent years, the contest has seen gloriously cheesy performances such as the self-love of Slavko Kalezic‘s “Space”, Serhat‘s disco extravaganza “I Didn’t Know”, the hot cops of Eduard Romanyuta‘s “I Want Your Love” and the busty milkmaids of Donatan & Cleo‘s “My Slowianie – We Are Slavic”.

But considering that only one of those songs made it into the grand final, perhaps it’s best to stay away from cheese  in a Eurovision entry.

In the meantime, Ireland’s broadcaster RTÉ is internally selecting its entry for Eurovision 2018. While no details have been revealed yet, earlier in November punk legend John Lydon hinted at potential Eurovision involvement. Other rumours have emerged, suggesting that 2000s pop star Samantha Mumba and an unnamed Irish boyband are also under consideration.

What do you think? Does Eurovision need to be cheesier? Should Ireland send another song about a lovely horse? Share your thoughts below!