THESUN.IE REPORTS / IRELAND – A massive 331,482 Euros was spent by RTE on this year’s Eurovision flop with the singer, backing vocalists and tour manager spending two weeks in Kiev, the Irish Sun can reveal. The broadcaster sent a team 16 people to Ukraine including ex-Hometown star Brendan Murray who represented the nation. And we can also reveal Louis Walsh, who used to manage the lad’s former band, was paid for his service as a consultant.
Brendan, 20, was attempting to get us into final for the first time since 2013 but the entry, Dying to Try, did not hit the right notes. The Galway heartthrob was pipped by Bulgaria, Belarus, Croatia, Hungary, Denmark, Israel, Romania, Norway, Austria and The Netherlands. The total cost will come to more than €331k, according to the response to our Freedom of Information request.
The broadcaster stated: “RTE incurred a cost of approximately €331,482 in delivering Eurovision Song Contest television programming to Irish audiences. However, please note that as the RTE annual accounts for 2017 are not yet been finalised, that these costs do not include charges for RTE labour and support costs, as these will only be finalised once the annual accounts have been completed.”
An RTE spokeswoman added: “This compares with last year’s figure of €337,000. “Along with the participation fee the overall figure includes artist and designer fees, the cost of staging the performance including full dress rehearsals, graphics, props, pyrotechnics, costumes, choreography, postcard filming and song recording.”