IRELAND – Linda Martin wants to sing a duet with Johnny Logan as Ireland’s Eurovision entry. The potential dream duo is Ireland’s most successful Eurovision entrants – Mr Logan is the only act to have won the competition twice and he also wrote Why Me?, the song Ms Martin sang in Malmo to secure her own victory in 1992.
She also narrowly missed out on winning the 1984 Eurovision with the song Terminal 3, also composed by Mr Logan, 67.
‘I think we could pull it off but it needs the right song and I know that Johnny has the ability to write it. I often say it to him and he says: “Oh please, don’t start!” But I’m going to keep at him because I know there is that ballad still in there,’ she said.
Mr Logan won Eurovision in 1980 with What’s Another Year and in 1987 with Hold Me Now.
Ms Martin, 69, wants to bring powerful ballads back to Eurovision, a contest she says now features too many gimmicks.
‘It’s been taken too far. It’s distracting when you have someone dressed as a banana,’ she said. ‘There are half a dozen amazing acts every year but I’m not happy with the voting system and wonder if the right acts are getting through.’
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The singer also said she does not agree with the public phone-in vote system and that Eurovision should return to a jury voting in every country.
‘I think it’s obvious that the phone-in votes are a money-making system for the Eurovision but I don’t think it gets the right result,’ she said.
She added that too many acts are now trying to catch the public’s eye to get the votes. She switched off the TV when Italy’s winning entry, Måneskin, came on to perform last year.
She said: ‘I just saw your man with his bare chest and I thought: “Oh sweet Jesus.” I didn’t watch it.’
But she will definitely be watching Eurovision when it is broadcast from Turin in May.
‘I don’t think the music industry will be opened up by May but if it goes live, I will watch it,’ she said.
Ms Martin’s chances of persuading Mr Logan to come back into the Eurovision fold appear slim. Following her victory in 1992, Mr Logan declared that he would never again take part in the show. She now wants him to reverse his decision and help her win Eurovision one last time.
‘I know he has it in him. He is a great songwriter,’ she added.