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ballad to worse Top composer insists Ireland won't win Eurovision again unless we do something 'different'

"The stubborn resolute resistance of RTÉ to accept that they need to revert to the old successful system is just mind blowing really"

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Lesley Roy ‘didn’t have right song’.

Lesley Roy ‘didn’t have right song’.

Lesley Roy ‘didn’t have right song’.

Top composer Frank McNamara insists Ireland will never win Eurovision again unless we enter another ballad.

The 61-year-old, who gained fame as musical director on the Late Late Show for 20 years, arranged two of Ireland's winning entries, Linda Martin's Why Me? and Niamh Kavanagh's In Your Eyes.

But he says RTÉ's Eurovision bosses are blind to the secret of success, and while Lesley Roy was a good singer, she failed to make this year's final and even come close to the triumph of people like Johnny Logan.

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Frank McNamara.

Frank McNamara.

Frank McNamara.

"I am reminded again of Einstein's definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result," the piano man declared.

"We've taken that insanity rule to a whole new level. We used to have a selection system that delivered us seven winners, plus several Top Five placings, but we changed that.

"The stubborn resolute resistance of RTÉ to accept that they need to revert to the old successful system is just mind blowing really."

He added: "Not one euro dance pop track featured in the final shake-up in Eurovision 2021. Yet that is what you insist on sending every year. Songs that stand out and don't blend into the crowd were always the way to go and still are."

Frank says we must change track to score an eighth win. "We are much more likely to win with a ballad or with something different like Lordi or the guys who won this year," he said.

Italy's Maneskin won with their heavy rock tune Zitti E Buoni.

"Italy was different," he stressed. "And had something. I can understand how it won with the younger voter. Really the professional ­juries tend to be a little older.

"Switzerland had a fabulous song, a ballad, as did France and they came second and third and nearly won. Irish people have been writing good songs like that for years.

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"Ireland has potential and talent to send a winner. They need a new strategy for composing and stage presence."

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Johnny Logan.

Johnny Logan.

Johnny Logan.

Frank has written for ­Eurovision but failed to be selected.

"If I was to do something it would be different," he reflected. "But it's not about getting me to do it."

He added: "I'd be quite happy to enter next year, but I doubt I'd be asked. Do they even accept submissions these days?"

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