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Wild Youth selected to represent Ireland at Eurovision, as Public Image Ltd come in fourth

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Dublin pop band Wild Youth have been selected to represent Ireland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Which means, of course, that John Lydon and Public Image Ltd have not.Both Wild Youth and Public Image Ltd were down to the final six acts shortlisted to go forward to represent Ireland at Eurovision in May.

The winner was selected by a public phone vote and two jury votes as part of a special edition of ‘The Late Late Show’ on Irish telly on Friday night.Although Lydon’s ballad ‘Hawaii’ was commended for it lyrics dedicated to his wife Nora and her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, the song ultimately finished fourth.

Many felt that Lydon had lost much of the early goodwill towards him when he said in a radio interview that he felt that Eurovision was “awful”, “disgusting” and “dreadfully phoney”.Asked ahead of the result on Friday if he had enjoyed his time in Dublin, Lydon replied: “No I have not, but that’s not the point”.Wild Youth won with their song ‘We Are One’, with a total of 34 points to PiL’s eighteen.

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