John Lydon, the former frontman of the Sex Pistols and current lead singer of Public Image Ltd (PiL), has mixed feelings about the Eurovision Song Contest. In an interview on RTE’s Radio 1, Lydon revealed that he has never watched the beloved competition series and called it “absolutely awful” and “disgusting.” Despite this, Lydon’s band, PiL, announced this week that they will be competing to represent Ireland at this year’s contest in Liverpool.

The post-punk group, formed in 1978, has entered the song “Hawaii,” which Lydon described as a “love letter” to his wife of nearly 50 years, Nora, who has Alzheimer’s disease. Lydon expressed his excitement at the opportunity to participate in the contest, saying “What a fantastic opportunity these people have given me.”

When asked about how he plans to shake up the Eurovision Song Contest, Lydon was noncommittal, saying “I’ve no idea. Apparently, I have to do karaoke over a backing track.” Despite this, Lydon is optimistic that his band’s entry will break out of the mold of the typical Eurovision song.

We have to say that Lydon’s band Public Image Ltd is not your typical Eurovision band, they are known for their experimental and avant-garde approach to music, which sets them apart from the typical pop-infused offerings of other contestants. And Lydon being a controversial figure, known for his outspoken and often provocative statements, it will be interesting to see how he will approach the contest, and if he will be able to bring something new to the table.

Many fans of the contest are excited to see what PiL will bring to Eurovision, and whether Lydon will be able to change his tune about the competition. Despite his negative feelings towards the contest, Lydon’s participation in Eurovision is a reminder that the competition is open to all types of artists, and that there is always room for innovation and experimentation.

It is worth noting that Lydon has previously spoken out against the Eurovision Song Contest, calling it “disgusting.” However, his band Public Image Ltd has now announced that they will be competing to represent Ireland in this year’s contest in Liverpool. This presents a paradox, as Lydon is now actively participating in a contest that he has previously spoken out against. It is up to the reader to decide on how they interpret Lydon’s actions and opinions on Eurovision.