Former Eurovision boss, Julian Vignoles has said that the powerful voice of Sinéad O’Connor could be enough to win the song contest alone.
Vignoles said that RTE could take up O’Connor’s offer of representing Ireland in the song contest.
“Sinead would have a big recognition factor across Europe”, Vignoles said. “She’s also used to playing big stages and is massively charismatic”.
Julian continued, “There is the matter of the song but for a gifted songwriter with a proven track record like Sinead, I wouldn’t say it’s outside her capability to write a Eurovision contender”.
“Perhaps a quiet song would play to her strengths, and connect with millions of people”.
Vignoles was speaking about Sinéad’s potential future participation in the competition, as the “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer recently tweeted this.
“The whole country behind her”
Vignoles added that O’Connor would have the “whole country behind her”.
If she was to enter the song contest, O’Connor 54, would be one of the oldest contestants there, something which Vignoles does not see as an issue.
“Sinead would be the oldest singer at Eurovision but that’s not necessarily a negative, the juries wouldn’t mind, neither would the public voting”, he said.
“Her talent and ability would overcome all obstacles”, Vignoles insisted.
It also would not be the first time that Ireland has sent an established singer over to represent them at the contest. Brian Kennedy finished 10th in the 2006 Grand Final, while Jedward finished 8th in the 2011 Grand Final.
While singers Sarah McTernan and Leslie Roy finished last in their semi-finals in 2019 and 2021 respectively.
“I also think Sinead won’t come last for Ireland in her semi-final. We’d be in the final”, Vignoles said.
O’Connor’s memoir Rememberings
Sinéad O’Connor’s memoir “Rememberings” was released today. This book drew praise from American singing legend Bette Midler.
In Midler’s tweet, she said that Sinéad O’Connor “is simply who she is and not interested in appeasing anyone or making false moral claims”.
Adding, “Love, love, love her. I know what it’s like to be a woman who speaks honestly and not in a fake demure way”. See that tweet and the rest of that report here.
O’Connor rose to fame in 1991, with her cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U”. A track which was written by Prince. Recently, O’Connor claimed that Prince violently attacked her in his Hollywood home in the early 1990s.
Check out that story here.