Ireland’s Eurovision shortlist was announced today – and amid the young hopefuls was a surprise entry… Public Image Ltd, fronted by Sex Pistols singer John Lydon.
It’s almost 50 years since Lydon sang “I am an Antichrist, I am an anarchist” but his attempt to follow ABBA, Gina G and Sam Ryder onto the Eurovision stage still comes as a surprise.
Public Image Ltd has entered the song Hawaii, an emotional ballad that Lydon says is as close as he’ll come to baring his soul.
“It is dedicated to everyone going through tough times on the journey of life, with the person they care for the most,” Lydon said. “It’s also a message of hope that ultimately love conquers all.”
Both John Lydon’s parents came from Ireland, his mother from Cork and his father from Galway.
Public Image Ltd will perform the song – “a pensive, personal yet universal love song that will resonate with many” – on Ireland’s Late Late Show on 3 February, as part of the live contest to decide the country’s Eurovision representative.