Well it all kicked off at Eurosong last week. Firstly, information pills I want to say sorry to Laura O’Neill for being drawn into an argument BEFORE she performed. I should have controlled the situation and given her the moment to shine. She was fantastic and a lesser singer would have let the situation get to her. She delivered and gave the vocal performance of the night.
When I arrived into RTÉ on Thursday for rehearsals and heard that Louis Walsh was on the panel, mind I could not believe it. Louis was connected to two of the five acts that were to perform. He managed Kasey when she was in a band called Wonderland and he also had connections to Eoin Quigg through X-Factor. In fact, pilule Eoin was being mentored by the X-Factor tour manager Mark Murphy.
Louis should NOT have been there plain and simple. Now, after putting in five months of work, finding a singer, finding a son, recording the song, working on the performance, shooting a video etc, I at least expected a LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. But with Louis on the panel it was anything but.
At the press conference on Thursday, I made my feelings known and as I was leaving the press room, Mark wanted a word with me and asked me to retract my statement. I told him I would not and it got a bit heated in the corridor. We both went on Ryan Tubridy’s radio show Friday morning and aired our grievances. On Friday night on the Late Late Show, Ryan asked Mark what was going on so I knew I would be asked the same. What happened next was hard to believe. When I said that Louis should not be there because of his connections to the acts, Linda Martin, who I have never met or spoken to, called me an “Odious Little Man”. Now Linda was there to comment on the songs and the singers. Why was she attacking me? But everyone knows she works for Louis now and again and when I said this, she got up and headed towards me. I’m sure you have all seen the clip so you know what happened next.
I think Louis’s comments about me being “on something” was a low blow and I’m sure if I said the same to him on national television, I would be hearing from his lawyers.
Also, the comment made about Louis not getting paid by Aslan was nasty. It would be nice if Louis was man enough to apologise for his comment but I won’t hold my breath.
As for the stories of me swaning around in the green room with cans of lager in my hands acting the bully; I did not touch a drop of alcohol until the voting had started and by then I felt I deserved a drink.
I think the text voting has to go as all five mentors, myself included, were trying to get celebs to tweet about their act and when I heard Niall from One Direction, who has 15 million followers, and Ollie Murs, who has 5 million followers tweeted “Vote Eoin Quigg”. The mentor with the biggest celeb contacts has an unfair vantage I feel.
Anyway, nobody died and it made for great television. I want to wish Hazel and Kasey all the best in Copenhagen in May. Come on Ireland!
I also want to thank Joe Jewell and Ray Traynor for producing and recording the song. Don Mescall and Lucie Silvas for the song “You Don’t Remember Me”. Christy for helping Laura with her vocals. Alan and Rod for playing drums and bass. Gar from Red Empire for playing piano. Ed, Darragh and the girls on violins. Paul Andrews and Daragh Murphy for making the video and Jake for playing guitar.
Please keep a close eye on our website and Facebook as there is some FANTASTIC news coming soon about Aslan!
Thanks for your continued support
Cheers, Billy 😉
P.S. Who did Louis and Linda give their best comments to on the night?? Hmmmmmmmmm.