THESUN.IE REPORTS / IRELAND – Publishers Penguin won the bidding war to secure the rights for the titillating tome which hits shelves in October. Among the book’s jaw-dropping claims is that Mother Theresa is still alive and owns a chain of Costcutter supermarkets across Dublin’s northside.
Dustin told the Irish Sun on Sunday: “Mother Theresa doesn’t work there herself. She’s on the till in an Apple Green outside Moate and survived the crash because she has a 30 per cent share in Lillie’s Bordello nightclub.”
Other chapters in the book include Dermot Bannon Does The Famine, Beach Yoga with Van Morrison, and Kipadvisor in which Dustin visits and reviews the more run-down parts of the country.
Dustin said: “It’s all about telling it like it is. Hopefully after the book comes out, I won’t have to hide in the Ecuadorian embassy. I think the public are ready for it.”
The TV star has also threatened to lift the lid on his failed 2008 Eurovision bid. Irish entry, Irelande Douze Pointe, failed to qualify from the semi-finals in Belgrade — but Dustin claims this is what RTE wanted.
He said: “RTE came to me and said we’re going to send you off to Eurovision, because we don’t want to win this thing. Here’s ten grand in a brown envelope — I said ‘grand’.
IRELAND – RTÉ is pleased to announce that Ireland will be taking part in The 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal in May 2018. The ESC is the world’s biggest music show and consistently one of the most popular annual television events both in Ireland and across the globe.
This year’s Eurovision, hosted by Ukraine in Kyiv was watched by more than 180 Million viewers worldwide. The ESC is highly competitive and as such the competition attracts top music professionals from around the world, 42 countries competed in the competition in 2017
RTÉ continually reviews its selection process in an effort to succeed in this increasingly competitive event. RTÉ would now like to invite accomplished songwriters and performers, preferably with a proven track record of success in the music industry to submit a song to be considered to represent Ireland in the competition which will take place in Lisbon, Portugal next May.
All songs received will be considered by a number of expert music industry panels to be appointed by RTÉ. Songs submitted must strictly comply with the rules of Eurovision and RTÉ reserves the right to arrange, produce or otherwise alter any song selected for entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Songwriters/composers may only submit one song (including co-writes) for consideration. If more than one song per composer is submitted only the first song received will be considered. Songs must be no longer than 3 minutes in duration.
Compositions submitted for consideration (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released and/or publicly performed including online video platforms or social networks, in full or in part, before the 1st September 2017.
It is important to note that any entries submitted through this process will be considered alongside other compositions and performers which RTÉ may commission or secure independently of this process and RTÉ reserves the absolute right to approach established acts and songwriters and to select a song and/or a performer(s) at its sole discretion from outside this process. RTÉ also reserves the right to match any song selected with a different artist to the one submitted with the entry.
If you would like to submit an entry, it must adhere to the EBU 2018 competition rules, a full list of rules is published on the official Eurovision website at: www.eurovision.tv. Entries will ONLY be accepted by email as an MP3 (192kbps) file or Soundcloud link. No entries will be accepted on CD, cassette or any other format.
Email entries to Eurovision2018@rte.ie
The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Monday 6th of November 2017.
IRELAND – The Irish representatives at the 2011 and 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will go ahead with a performance in Frankfurt today despite the cancellation of the ECON Eurovision convention. Jedward were initially at the Frankfurt zoo at 15.00 and will perform at the Dippemess Frankfurt Fun Fair to honour all the fans that planned to attend the convention. Of course the fans didn’t miss the chance to meet and greet them (and Tweet their selfies).
— Lisa Hafey (@LisaHafey) September 9, 2017
— Emma⚡️ (@partofnoworld) September 9, 2017
— 🌸Juliet 🌺Jedward🌸 (@Julietannb) September 9, 2017
IRELAND – They surely were happy to see each other back in 2011 but I am not sure Jedward want to meet Taylor Swift in the near future. The Swifties (that’s the Taylor Swift fan base) managed to make Twitter to ban the the official profile (which was also approved as official profile by Twitter) and the fan profile. The Jedward fans might be struggling to get it back through this #GetPlanetJedwardBack but the story seriously suck.
It seems that the Swifties wanted to beat the 2015 Adele record of most views in the first 24 hours and supported a specific link of the latest Swift video through the YouTube VEVO channel of hers. Jedward made the mistake to post another link (oh my let’s kill them) and immediately the fns started reporting the tweet. The attack was massive.
Jedward made no comment on the story. But the good news is that the twins got their Twitter account back online today!
IRELAND – X Factor judge Louis Walsh has said that Ireland must “stick at” the Eurovision despite our recent semi-final disappointments in the song contest.
Walsh was among Miriam O’Callaghan’s guests on Saturday Night with Miriam where he admitted that he is still none the wiser as to why Ireland failed to qualify for this year’s final in Ukraine with Galway man Brendan Murray singing Dying to Try.
“He sang so well,” said Walsh. “I chose the song and the singer… I thought he was going to sail through.”
Asked by O’Callaghan how Ireland could win the Eurovision again, Walsh replied: “By just sticking at it. I picked a ballad this year because we always won with ballads – Johnny Logan and Linda [Martin] and Niamh Kavanagh and stuff. So, I thought we were going to do really, really well. I still think RTÉ should do it.”
Walsh said that while trying to find Ireland’s Eurovision entry he contacted lots of well-known songwriters but “they didn’t want to know”.
“And some of the singers they don’t want to touch it because they’re afraid of not doing well at it,” he continued.
When O’Callaghan inquired if that is a problem unique to Ireland, Walsh answered: “It’s everywhere, but I still think we should stick at it.”
Walsh went on to pay tribute to young Irish performers, adding that radio needs to do more to develop homegrown artists.
“We have the talent here; we just need to encourage it,” he said.
IRELAND – For the first time RTÉ held a Eurovision Forum to discuss what is going wrong with their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in order to get a deeper insight into what Eurovision Song Contest is today with representatives from Irish music industry media and fans. There were three speakers: the Irish Head of Delegation Michael Kealy, Austrian Head of Press, Roman Horacek and from the official Eurovision website Paul Jordan.
THESUN.IE REPORTS / IRELAND – A massive 331,482 Euros was spent by RTE on this year’s Eurovision flop with the singer, backing vocalists and tour manager spending two weeks in Kiev, the Irish Sun can reveal. The broadcaster sent a team 16 people to Ukraine including ex-Hometown star Brendan Murray who represented the nation. And we can also reveal Louis Walsh, who used to manage the lad’s former band, was paid for his service as a consultant.
Brendan, 20, was attempting to get us into final for the first time since 2013 but the entry, Dying to Try, did not hit the right notes. The Galway heartthrob was pipped by Bulgaria, Belarus, Croatia, Hungary, Denmark, Israel, Romania, Norway, Austria and The Netherlands. The total cost will come to more than €331k, according to the response to our Freedom of Information request.
The broadcaster stated: “RTE incurred a cost of approximately €331,482 in delivering Eurovision Song Contest television programming to Irish audiences. However, please note that as the RTE annual accounts for 2017 are not yet been finalised, that these costs do not include charges for RTE labour and support costs, as these will only be finalised once the annual accounts have been completed.”
An RTE spokeswoman added: “This compares with last year’s figure of €337,000. “Along with the participation fee the overall figure includes artist and designer fees, the cost of staging the performance including full dress rehearsals, graphics, props, pyrotechnics, costumes, choreography, postcard filming and song recording.”
THESUN.IE REPORTS / IRELAND – The famous puppet admits he was only winging it when he performed at the song contest in 2008 and failed to reach the finale.
The Den legend said: “When RTE came to me and said we’re going to send you off to Eurovision, cos we don’t want to win this thing, here’s ten grand in a brown envelope – I said grand.”
The Irelande Douze Pointe singer added: “Ireland didn’t win it, RTE saved money, all the maddsers phoned Joe Duffy, everyone was happy.
“I was the lead item on Questions and Answers before Pat Kenny put on that Frontline rubbish, that’s how mad the country is.”
Dustin is now eyeing up a stint at hosting RTÉ’s Dancing with the Stars show, but ruled out taking to the dancefloor himself.
He told the Irish Mirror: “I’ve no legs. I wouldn’t be going on making a show of myself. I thought Des Cahill was great on it.
“I thought Hughie was great; he had every minority – he was gay, at one stage he was black, and then he was a Traveller. He was brilliant.”
The former Den star weighed into the election of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach.
He said: “I think it’s brilliant that we do have a Taoiseach who is gay but it’s a pity it’s him – I would have put Al Porter in for the craic.”
The turkey puppet believes in equality for all, except for people from Sligo.
He said “I think equality is the way it is – besides if you’re from Sligo then you shouldn’t have any rights – black, white, Catholic, Muslim, poultry, who cares, I think we should all get on.”