All very amusing – turns out Mr. Rotten WAS going to Eurovision…
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The rumours were true – John Lydon and his band PiL were all set to represent Ireland in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest – until ‘The Man’ at RTE put the mockers on it.
John, along with songwriter Niall Mooney had their punk-country entry “Please To Meet You” removed from the running by RTE bosses, as they are ‘nervous that John might say or do something controversial during the live broadcast’.
Instead, they will opt for an as yet undecided faux-trad act, serving up some bland, ‘fiddle-de -dee’, half assed, pop-folk trash. *(or perhaps not, we’ve not actually heard any of the other Eurosong entries yet)* Speaking to the Irish Sun, Lydon said, “It would be a great honour for me to represent Ireland for the Eurovision Song contest. You may be surprised but we totally get this.” Mooney responded on twitter by saying, “He’s the Son of Irish parents living in London during the height of the troubles – I couldn’t think of a more relevant entrant to send from Ireland considering where the world is now.”
Unfortunately, Low Life RTE bosses have taken a shocking U-Turn, and are refusing to let Johnny and PiL to even enter the preliminary ‘Eurosong’ heats. They have signed The Order Of Death on Ireland’s best chance of a Eurovision win since Eimear Quinn’s 1996 entry, ‘The Voice’. Well the voice of the people will not be silenced this time round.
Sign the petition now to have PiL reinstated to their rightful place in the running.
We need to keep Banging The Door of RTE until they Open Up and let us back in. Perhaps they’re scared of winning again, and want to lose on purpose? *(see ep5 series 2 of Father Ted for reference) And so what if he says or does something outrageous? It’ll only serve to boost the flagging ratings of recent years. Everyone will tune in just to see what happens. If the organisers were smart, they’d put him on last too. This is discrimination at its worst and we won’t stand for it. Surely they’re not afraid of little ole John Lydon …… Are they???