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Ireland: 'Open competition, no Johnny Logan'

18 December 2008 at 12:16 CET

The open competition will see strong similarities with last year's national selection. If the Irish end up in Moscow with an act as remarkable as this year's Dustin The Turkey remains to be seen.

This immediately ends speculations that Eurovision Song Contest veteran Johnny Logan would represent the green island in Moscow, aiming at a fourth victory at the contest. According to our well-informed sources, the option was discussed with the artist, but it did not come to an agreement with the singer - in an amicable way, we understand.

Logan sang Ireland to victory in 1980 with What's Another Year and in 1987 with Hold Me Now. In 1992, he wrote the winning song for Linda Martin, Why Me. In 2004, the singer-songwriter wrote The Story Of My Life for the Dutch Eurovision Song Contest selection. The song didn't make it to the national final. Logan also recorded songs with former Eurovision Song Contest participants Barbara Dex and Nicole, as well as with 2001 Eurovision Song Contest host Natasha Crone