Eurovision 2023: Ex-Sex Pistols singer John Lydon will not represent Ireland in the song contest

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He was not selected in the national final for the selection of Ireland’s representative in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, after the band Wild Youth prevailed in the relevant voting.

Former British punk band Sex Pistols singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) has not been selected in the national final to represent Ireland in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after Wild Youth won the vote.

The Dublin band’s “We Are One” beat the other five nominees – including that of Public Image Ltd, the band Lydon formed after the break-up of the Sex Pistols – in a panel and public vote. , which was televised by public broadcaster RTE.

As such, Wild Youth will represent Ireland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in May in Liverpool, UK. “We just want to do our best for Ireland (…) we want to give it our all and we hope people will support our song,” said Wild Youth singer Conor O’Donoghue.

The band Public Image Ltd were nominated with a song written by John Lydon as a dedication to his wife Nora, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. “I have to endure the slow death of my wife … I consider the fact that I was able to write a song about it, which I think is very beautiful, is a major achievement,” said the 66-year-old rocker.

Last year, Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest, while the United Kingdom came in second. Although the winning country usually hosts next year’s competition, organizers have given this year’s competition to Liverpool due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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