Representing Ireland at Eurovision 2023: Johnny Lydon. Wait–what?

It’s time to start getting excited about the annual batsh*t craziness that comes with the Eurovision Song Contest. And here comes Johnny Lydon to make things even a little more interesting.

Lydon (ne Rotten) has announced recorded a song with his band Public Image Ltd. called “Hawaii,” which was inspired by his long-time wife’s battle with Alzheimer’s. They’ve been together for five decades.

“It is dedicated to everyone going through tough times on the journey of life, with the person they care for the most,” says John. “It’s also a message of hope that ultimately love conquers all.”

Why Ireland? Johnny is very proud of his Irish roots (his dad was from Galway while mom was born in County Cork).

PiL will go up against other Irish entries for the right to represent the country: ADGY, CONNOLLY, Wild Youth, Leila Jane, and K Muni + ND. We’ll find out which of them goes on to Eurovision on February 3.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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