THIS FRIDAY Irish TV audiences will decide which of five acts – including last year’s entrant, Jedward – will go forward to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan.
Ireland has got a good pedigree in the contest – and with Ireland’s cultural scene consistently thriving, many see the Eurovision as a great chance to show off our wares (and, potentially, as way of roping in some tourists if we happen to win it.)
But hosting the Eurovision itself is an expensive business these days – and that’s after the costs of sending an act and their entourage to the contest in the first place, for a competition which it’s almost impossible for an island nation to win.
So – is the Eurovision just harmless fun, or an expensive distraction Ireland could do without? Should Ireland still take part in the Eurovision?