Ireland: Johnny Logan for Eurovision 2009?

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Three times winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980, 1987 and writer of 1992, Johnny Logan may represent Ireland once again for the fourth time in 2009.

In an article that appears in an Irish newspaper today, The Sunday Tribune, it reads that "Logan set to relight the flame for Eurovision."

After disappointing results for Ireland in recent years, bar the odd exception, theIrish public broadcaster, RTÉ, are set to "be pulling out all the stops to get three-time Eurovision winner Logan (54) to sing at the 2009 show in Moscow."

The deal

According to the Sunday Tribune, "RTÉ will offer Johnny Logan his own TV show if he represents Ireland… The deal is said to include a lump sum for Logan as well as his own prime time music show. This is similar to a package offered to Brian Kennedy after he rescued Ireland's Eurovision fortunes in 2006."

The approach to Logan accordingtothe newspapersource "…came from the highest level in RTÉ. They are just hoping he takes it."

Logan's Eurovision wins began in 1980, with "Whats Another Year?", in 1987 with "Hold Me Now," and in 1992 composing "Why Me?" sung by Linda Martin in 1992.

Contacted by the Sunday Tribune newspaper, Johnny Logan refused to deny or confirm his involvement with Ireland's Eurovision entry. RTÉ has made no comment as of yet.

However as reported by last month here, RTÉ are planning for their National Selection show for Friday February 20th, 2009 with a formal announcement before Christmas.

  • Watch Johnny Logan's appearance on RTÉ's Tubridy Tonight chatshow last October where he discussed Eurovision and his future here.
  • Watch Johnny Logan perform the winning song "Whats Another Year?" at the Eurovision Song Contest 1980.
  • Watch Johnny Logan perform the winning song "Hold Me Now" at the Eurovision Song Contest 1987.

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