And the “Why Me” singer remained true to form when asked her opinion on this year’s Eurovision and the subsequent calls for Ireland to boycott it in 2019 following Israel’s victory.
While full of praise for Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy – “the dancers were superb, I thought the whole setting was lovely actually” – she wasn’t a fan of Netta and “Toy”.
Appearing on the teatime chatshow The Six O’Clock Show, Martin branded the entry “nonsense”.
“It’s one of those songs and one of those acts that makes people sneer at the Eurovision”, quotes The Irish Sun. “I think when a novelty act wins it really knocks it back and people again start sneering. Put it this way, I would have no wish to buy a ticket to go and see that artist.”
Her sentiments echo those of Portugal’s Eurovision 2017 champion Salvador Sobral. Just days before handing the glass microphone over to Netta, he called her song “horrible”.
The reigning Eurovision queen is unlikely to be fazed by either’s comments. The official “Toy” music video recently became the most watched clip ever on the Eurovision YouTube channel. The song itself charted all over Europe, becoming the most commercially successful song contest winner since “Heroes” in 2015.
However, while Linda may not be a “Toy” fan, she is firmly against Ireland withdrawing from next year’s contest in protest.
“We send footballers to World Cups they won’t win, so we need to keep sending our singers. I would be really disappointed if we pulled out of it because we have to enter everything possible.
If you have somebody in a football match and they don’t score a goal, you don’t sack them. Let’s be honest about it, we are never going to win the World Cup but we enter every year and that’s the way it should be.
We have athletes who go off and maybe they don’t win but they are in among the champions, and I just think it’s credibility for the country.
We should be in everything possible.”
But not all of Ireland’s Eurovision personalities agree. Speaking on Irish radio in the immediate aftermath of the violence in Gaza, 1994 winner Charlie McGettigan called for the seven-time victors to boycott the event.
“I think they need to make a decision, but if they don’t, I think we need to make the decision not to go. It was dreadful… seeing Netanyahu and the Trumps celebrating while people are dead.
It’s a chance for the whole of Europe who are involved in Eurovision to make a statement and sort of say, ‘Look, we don’t agree with this’.”
It was like Nero in Rome, [he] fiddled while Rome burned.”
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