Eurovision Song Contest legend Johnny Logan believes he knows what Ireland needs to do to once again compete for victory.
The country has won the contest seven times, a current record with Sweden following closely behind on six wins, but their last victory came in 1996.
In the time since their victory they’ve only achieved five top ten finishes and also two last place results.
However, speaking to the Irish website Goss.ie, the three-time Eurovision Song Contest winner believes that Ireland are on the right track to picking up their eighth win.
We should do exactly what we did last year. Find a good singer with a good song and a good performer. There was nothing wrong with the song we sent last year…stop trying to send people who can’t sing and treating it like an X Factor – take it a bit more seriously.
Do a proper national song contest, not a guest spot on the Late Late show and put a bit of thought into it.
Logan has been a long-standing critic of the Irish national selection, which is usually held as a special edition of RTE’s Late Late chat show.
Johnny Logan has a hat trick of Eurovision Song Contest wins. His first win came in 1980 with the song Hold me now.
Seven years later he notched up his second win, and Ireland’s third, with the song What’s another year?
His third and final win to date came in 1992 when he wrote Why me? for Linda Martin.
This year Molly Sterling represented Ireland. Her song Playing with numbers finished 12th in the semi-final, meaning she missed out on reaching the grand final.