Linda Martin won Eurovision for Ireland back in their heyday, when they could do no wrong in Europe and won an unrivalled seven times (five of which in the short span of 1987-1996). Linda herself is no stranger to Eurovision having applied to represent her country four times as part of band Chips, four times as a solo artist and once as part of band Linda and friends making her the most frequent applicant in the national selection’s history. Desperate. She has represented Ireland twice, once in 1984 finishing second and again in 1992 when she won with Johnny Logan penned song ‘Why Me?’
Since Eurovision Linda Martin has sat on the selection panel on the Late Late Show to choose Ireland’s Eurovision entry. This year’s selection process was particularly controversial and heated words were exchanged between Linda Martin and Aslan guitarist Billy McGuinness. Linda choosing to fight the corner of Louis Walsh whose presence on the panel had been called into question as he’d had previous experience in mentoring two of the acts competing. Click the video below to see the two argue it out.
Linda has also been judge on RTE’s Irish version of Popstars where she saw future Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle be ejected from the show for being outside the lower age limits for the show. Linda was a judge once again on You’re a Star which was responsible for launching the careers of Mickey-Joe Harte, Chris Doran and of course Donna and Joe.
In the recent past Linda Martin has become a bit of a national embarrassment performing horrendous renditions of fellow-Eurovision alumni Loreen’s ‘Euphoria’ and that unforgettable spin she put on Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’. Even Eurovision are laughing at her as 2013 host Petra Mede when giving a run down of Eurovision history commented how Johnny Logan won the Eurovision an unprecedented three times; twice as a man in 1980 and 1987 and once while dressed as a woman in 1992. ‘I recognise a drag queen when I see one.’
Check out Linda Martin’s version of Get Lucky here:
And if you managed to watch all of that, then try listening to her version of Loreen’s Euphoria here:
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