Ireland Marty's Magic Eurovision Moments

Bit by bit, the alternative Eurovision 2020 viewing schedule is beginning to take shape as broadcasters reveal their plans to fill the gap left by the cancelled song contest. And Ireland’s RTÉ is the latest network to show its hand.

The station will air a special programme, entitled Marty’s Magic Eurovision Momements, hosted by the country’s long time commentator Marty Whelan. And he needs your help!

Marty’s Magic Eurovision Moments

In a video published on the official RTÉ One Facebook page, Marty appeals for fans to share their favourite moments from down through the years.

He lists off a few himself — Johnny Logan (Ireland 1980 and 1987), Dana (Ireland 1970), burning pianos (Austria 2015), Verka (Ukraine 2007), Finn Kalvik “getting nothing” (Norway 1981), Dustin (Ireland 2008), Poland “making butter” (2014)… “all of that”.

To take part, you simply send an email detailing your picks to [email protected].

“We want to include as many of yours as we can”, says Whelan. “I hope you’ll send in some of your memories, if you can remember them”.

But what are these moments being collected for?

RTÉ has told wiwibloggs that it will be airing a one-hour documentary. This will feature all of Marty’s own hand-picked moments from the entire history of Eurovision. The moments submitted by viewers will be considered for his shortlist.

The programme will be shown in May, but the broadcast date and time have yet to be confirmed.

Marty's Magic Eurovision Moments

He may not be going to Rotterdam but that doesn't mean we can't have our #Eurovision moment this May ????Tell Marty the standout Eurovision moments you want to see – martyeurovisionmoments@rte.ie

Posted by RTÉ One on Friday, April 17, 2020

Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light on RTÉ

As previously revealed by the EBU, RTÉ is one of the broadcasters which will air Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light — the Eurovision 2020 replacement show. It is believed that this will be shown live on RTÉ One, the broadcaster’s flagship channel.

It is set to air in place of the Eurovision 2020 grand final on Saturday 16 May at 21:00 CEST. It will be hosted by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit, who were originally set to be the hosts of Eurovision 2020.

The EBU intends for the two-hour long show to honour the 41 selected songs for Eurovision 2020 in a non-competitive format.

It won’t just be the 2020 acts that make an appearance. Former Eurovision stars from recent contests will also be invited to take part and perform iconic Eurovision songs. It has already been revealed that the 2020 representatives will take on “Love Shine A Light” by Katrina and the Waves. Fans have been asked to submit their versions of Johnny Logan’s “What’s Another Year”.

Dutch make-up artist and YouTuber NikkieTutorials will also create online content leading up to this alternate programme. The online media mogul was originally appointed to do this in the run-up to Eurovision 2020.

What do you think of Ireland’s alternative schedule? Will you submit a moment? Let us know in the comments.

Follow all of our Ireland Eurovision 2020 news.

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DaninDublin
DaninDublin
1 year ago

Marty Whelan is such a dreary commentator for RTE, no doubt it will be how great we were in the 80/90’s and how everything has gone downhill with bloc voting. Anyway, my ESC highlight is Mia Martini singing for Italy in 1992, amazing

Mimi1234
Mimi1234
1 year ago

Ryan O Shaughnessey qualifying for sure , I screamed I was so happy because I wasn’t expecting it and we hadn’t qualified since 2018

acp
acp
1 year ago

1. When Jana Burceska’s boyfriend ask her to marry him in ESC 2017
2. Eleni Foureira’s performance at ESC 2018
3. San Marino with Valentina Monetta finally qualifying in ESC 2014
4. Maybe a bit evil, but Sweden’s 21 points of televote in ESC 2018…

Leichhardtlad
Leichhardtlad
1 year ago

Here are some of my favourite moments …. in no particular order. 1. Alexandra’s reaction when Norway topped the televote in 2019 2. Epic Sax guy 2010 3. Azucar Moreno false start 1990 4. Kate Millar Heidke performance 2019 5. The moment when Bosnia-Herzegovina announced its votes at the height of the Balkan War 1993 6. Conchita’s win 2014 7. Surie stage invasion 2018 8. Páll Oskar performance 1997 9. Ulrika Jonsson’s faux-pas 1998 ….. and lastly, Riverdance 1994.

Mascha
Mascha
1 year ago

When Sweden got 21 points from the televote in 2018. Nothing will ever beat that.

Them Gooks!
Them Gooks!
1 year ago

Seriously, why does Ireland even bother to participate? They are incapable of goodness.

Zoom
Zoom
1 year ago
Reply to  Them Gooks!

If they are incapable, how come they hold the record number of victories?

Sale
Sale
1 year ago

Arcade crossed 100m streams on Spotify

Sale
Sale
1 year ago
Reply to  Sale

Well it’s a milestone for esc… only four acts and 3 winners crossed it, so…

Darren
Darren
1 year ago

Surprised RTÉ are not replaying on of their winning contest from the past, or one in which they hosted.

I will watch Marty’s Eurovision Moments.. he’s a national treasure here, and the only reason I watch ESC on RTÉ when I could easily watch on BBC at the same time.
I submitted the Jedward years and of course my favorite ever Eurovision winner, 2012 Sweden, Queen Loreen

Fionn
Fionn
1 year ago

Ah we love Marty, he’s a national treasure

Mikey
Mikey
1 year ago

2018

Joseph Mullins
Joseph Mullins
1 year ago

back eurovision back on Tuesday and Saturday