Two-time Eurovision winner Johnny Logan has hurled criticism at Irish state broadcaster RTÉ, saying they have become “the masters of their own destruction” and destroyed their credibility at Eurovision by entering contestants like Jedward.
Logan made the rather hostile remarks backstage at the Romanian national final on New Year’s Eve. He appeared on the show along with 2010 Irish Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh. A Romanian website was recording Logan, and they uploaded the footage to YouTube this week.
“It’s a song contest, it’s not an X Factor. The people in RTÉ, that’s their problem. They can’t get this simple fact into their heads that they need a song first. They have destroyed any credibility by using people like Dustin, by using people like this [Jedward] in the Eurovision Song Contest,” he said.
Some of his comments had a whiff of homophobia to them. Jedward are not gay, as far as I know, but Logan suggested they are light in their loafers. “I don’t want to give Jedward any credibility by talking about them. For me, I’m sure they are lovely boys. But, really, I found a pair of shoes in Munich that have wings on them, and I believe Jedward wear these. I wear them to embarrass my 18-year-old, you know?”
Um, he seriously deserves nul points for talking like that. Logan may have won the Eurovision Song Contest twice, but that doesn’t mean he’s in touch with today’s music fans, nor does it give him the right to slag off new talent. Jedward won the right to represent Ireland as part of a democratic process. If Logan is pissed he should poke fun of the Irish public, not Jedward. It only makes him look bitter and reminds us that he’s washed-up.