Photo: Ed Vill

Johnny Lydon + Public Image Ltd Lose Eurovision Bid: Look + Listen

In advance of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, John Lydon (pka Johnny Rotten) and his Public Image Ltd. failed in their bid to represent Ireland at this year’s competition.

Hoping to raise awareness to the Alzheimer’s disease, in January, the British-born Punk music icon announced plans to enter PiL’s latest song “Hawaii,” written for his wife Nora, who is suffering from the neurological disorder.

In a statement about the new music, Lydon said “It is dedicated to everyone going through tough times on the journey of life, with the person they care for the most.” “It’s also a message of hope that ultimately love conquers all.”

On Friday (2.03) the six finalists representing Ireland – including Public Image Ltd., Adgy, Connolly, Wild Youth, Leila Jane, and K Muni & ND – performed their respective entries, with Irish voters opting to go into Eurovision battle with Wild Youth’s “We Are One.”

Eurovision 2023 will take place this May in Liverpool, England, with 37 nations competing in the contest; the city is hosting on behalf of Ukraine, which won Eurovision last year but is still unable to host due to the ongoing Russian war.

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Ed Vill