The one-time dominant force finished with only six points - but Louis Walsh claims Westlife's Bryan McFadden has written a song which could have won the contest...

WESTLIFE manager LOUIS WALSH has claimed the band’s BRYAN MCFADDEN had written a song for Ireland’s entry to the EUROVISION SONG CONTEST that could have won the competition.

Speaking out after Ireland finished with only six points at the weekend (May 12), their lowest ever position, barring them from entry next year, Walsh said:

“Bryan McFadden of Westlife had written a song which would have been perfect. It could have won it.”


Before major international success with Boyzone, Samantha Mumba and Westlife, Walsh managed Eurovision winners Johnny Logan and Linda Martin. He felt Ireland’s poor show was down to a couldn’t-care-less attitude of the Republic of Ireland’s national television station.

“I blame RTE, who don’t appear to have any interest in it any more,” he told the BBC. “They allow people to enter who have had no previous television exposure.

“Ireland’s poor showing was not Mr O’Shaughnessy’s [Irish performer] fault, but there is no place for amateurs at this level.”

An estimated television audience of 600 million watched the event, held in Copenhagen.

Walsh did not say if he intended to put forward an act or McFadden intended to write a song for the next time Ireland can compete in 2003. Westlife spokespeople could not be reached for comment this afternoon (May 14).