Linda Martin says she would like to represent Ireland again at Eurovision as she gives her opinion on Brooke’s exit

EUROVISION winner Linda Martin has said she will represent Ireland in the song contest again – if top crooner Johnny Logan writes a duet for them both to perform.

Ireland’s luck ran out on Thursday night after Derry-born Brook Scullion failed to qualify in Turin, Italy with his song, That’s Rich.

Ireland – who have won the Eurovision Song Contest seven times – haven’t qualified since 2018, when Ryan O’Shaughnessy represented us with his song, Together.

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But now Linda has told us she wants another chance – but only if Johnny Logan gets involved too.

Linda has represented Ireland twice at Eurovision. The first time was in 1984 with Johnny Logan’s Terminal 3 when she finished in second place, just eight points behind the Swedish winner.

She returned in 1992 with the track Why Me?, also written by Logan, which proved to be a hit in the song contest finals. Logan is the only performer to have won the Eurovision Song Contest twice, in 1980 and 1987.

Linda told us, “Tell Johnny to write a duet and we’ll do it. But even if we did, there’s no guarantee we’d do well.

“Of course, but the end result is that a good song will rise to the top, it always does. It doesn’t matter what happens in the contest.

Linda Martin

“Of course there’s the garbage (performers), then there’s the looney brigade and then you get the creme de la creme, who are actually fantastic singers.”

On Friday, a teary-eyed Brooke told fans that “it’s not the end” of the road for her as she reveals she’s set to drop her debut EP soon.

She said, “Look, it didn’t go our way tonight. We’re so, so happy with what we’ve done, and maybe that’s not for me right now.

“But maybe in the future, maybe bigger things will happen.

“I literally have an EP coming out like who knows. Thank you to everyone who voted.

” I could not any more. I am so happy.”

Brooke and her supporting dancers Amy Whearity, Amy Ford, Lizzy Benham and Sophie Kavanagh looked amazing as they delivered a polished performance with a spectacular fireworks display at the end.

Speaking on Friday morning, the 23-year-old said: “I’m so proud of how far we’ve come and the support from home has been amazing.

“This Eurovision experience is an experience I will never forget, and I hope it is just a stepping stone towards my career.

“Thank you all for your support and love!”

Tonight, 30 years after her victory in Sweden with Why Me?, Linda will reveal the results of the Irish jury during the Eurovision final.

Brooke Scullion performing at Eurovision

Linda’s success in 1992 launched a run of three consecutive Eurovision victories for Ireland, with Niamh Kavanagh’s In Your Eyes triumphing in 1993 and Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids in 1994 .

But Linda said she was shocked when Brooke didn’t make it to the final after receiving positive feedback all week from other artists in Europe.

“I wasn’t too impressed. I was very disappointed for Brooke. Like seriously because God bless she’s just a kid and I’d say she took it very badly so disappointed in that regard because I thought she was doing better than some of them who succeeded, especially there was one of the girls sitting there washing their hands… I dismissed that right away. It sucked. It’s a song contest, it’s not someone washing their hands.

“I was disappointed for her but that’s how it is. It’s a lottery, you never know what’s going to happen.

The Belfast-born singer said Ireland should ‘forget about trying to make high tempo songs’.

“We’ve never won with a pop song or a disco song. We’ve always won with the great ballads and the beautiful lyrics and the beautiful melody and with people who have been there for a while – and I include myself there -inside – and who know what they are doing.

“But Brooke will be able to use it as a platform. Where else in the world are you going to be able to perform in front of 300 million people?”

Marty at The Late Late Eurosong special studio

Marty Whelan, who is in Turin with the Irish delegation, said Brooke made us proud.

“Bravo Brooke, you have made us very proud.”

The head of RTE’s Eurovision delegation, Michael Kealy, said he thought Brooke deserved to pass.

He told the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk that a lot of work has gone into this.

He said: “Absolutely disgusted for Brooke and the people she brought into this team.

“It’s the culmination of three months of work – people think we show up the day before and do this act together, that’s not the case.

“It takes a lot to put an act like this together, and it all comes down to 10 excruciating minutes in the Green Room is brutal to be honest.

“It’s a tough competition, and I think anyone looking at it objectively can see the level of song, the level of performer, the level of singing in this competition.

“This is by no means a joke competition – this is the elite of performers across Europe.

“And that’s the level we have to compete at – and I think Brooke got to that level, absolutely, and I thought she deserved to go through.”

Irish fans were shocked when Ireland failed to qualify for Saturday’s final, Thursday night.

Ireland’s latest Eurovision winner Eimear Quinn praised Brooke for her “amazing job”, but added on Twitter: “So disappointed for you.”

Niamh Kavanagh, the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest winner for Ireland, praised Brooke for her “fantastic” performance, adding that “you made us proud”.

Kerry TD Brendan Griffin jokingly asked if Eimear Quinn “honked his horn passing a funeral on his way home from Eurovision ’96 or something?” by adding the hashtag #robbed.

Comedian Oliver Callan said: ‘I’m furious here! Poor Brooke! Who took care of the votes?! Thierry Henry?”

It’s A Sin actor and musician Olly Alexander said Brooke ‘killed it’ with his performance, while many agreed ‘That’s Rich’ was Ireland’s best entry to the competition for years.

Rte star Ryan Tubridy described it as “a travesty”.

Speaking on his Rte Radio 1 show, Ryan said he was really surprised when we didn’t qualify.

He said: “Poor Brooke. I was watching her last night and was very proud of her performance.

“I think she did really well. I think the singing was great, the song was great, her performance was great, the direction was great.

“She has no reason to be disappointed or ashamed, far from it!

“I thought it was going to be easy and I saw the points coming in, I couldn’t believe it. I was really, really surprised not to qualify.”

He added: “I don’t know what we can do at this point. We threw everything at it, including Brooke’s performance last night.

“What do they want from us!? So here we go again, back to the drawing board. Exhausted from going back to it.”

Belgium, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Australia, Sweden, Romania and Serbia will now join Ukraine, Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway, Greece, Moldova, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France and Spain in the final on Saturday.

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