Eurovision commentary stalwart, Marty Whelan, says his upcoming Eurovision special will be "looking at some of the mad stuff that goes on in Eurovision", while "giving a sense" of his own feel of the much-loved annual singing competition.

With no Eurovision Song Contest being staged this year, Marty will instead take viewers through the highs and lows of Eurovisions past.

From Ireland's coveted title of most-wins in the competition to other stand-out winners like Dana International, the special hour-long show is set to revisit the Eurovision's magic moments.

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment, Marty said the upcoming show, which airs on RTÉ One on Saturday, will be taking a trip down Eurovision memory lane, while also giving his own take on the phenomenon. 

"I'm looking at some of the stuff that excited me. Some of the Irish acts like Johnny Logan and Dana, of course, while also looking at some of the mad stuff that goes on in the Eurovision, and picking highlight moments. I'm really giving a sense of my own feel for the Eurovision.

"I hope people enjoy it and they get a laugh out of it and also get to see some of the ridiculous things people do at Eurovision, because some of the people who went to do Eurovision shouldn't be let out on their own," he laughed.

Marty Whelan: "I hope people enjoy it and they get a laugh out of it"

Lesley Roy was due to represent Ireland at the contest in Rotterdam with her song Story of My Life, and while Marty admits it's a "disappointment" that the singer won't be partaking in the planned 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, he reckons she will continue to hit the right notes with fans around the world.

"We were getting an enormous response to her and the song this year, and because of that there was a great sense of hope from our contingent here that we would make it to the final without question, and then that she would have a chance of winning the competition.

"We really felt that she had everything - the look, the sound, a great song. We really thought that she was going to make the final this year because she is so good - so that's a disappointment. It's a disappointment for her too because this is a big chance for her.

"I still think that there are countries who will want to see her again. I still think that she is somebody who could make her mark yet."

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The popular RTÉ lyric fm presenter admits "this would normally be a very exciting week" in the world of Eurovision but insists people can still get into the spirit of the annual event by throwing a 'Marty Party'.

"You've got to get dressed up and have a bit of a giggle," he said.

"We've had dress up things at home the last number of Saturdays. We've had a Mexican night, and a James Bond night, and a country night.

"We've just dressed up and acted the maggot and made dinners around it. This is my wife and my two children and I.

"We've great fun and it's something to look forward to."

"Get into the spirit of the thing - I think that's the best way to do it," he enthused. "If anyone has a white jacket they can call themselves Johnny Logan for the night. You've got to dress up and have a bit of fun."

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"We'll be playing all the hits for that hour. I think if people get into the spirit of it, let it wash over you and have a laugh, because the Eurovision is a laugh.

"It's a great bit of fun. It's as joined as we can be in Europe and for me that's what it is," he added.

You can catch Marty's Magical Eurovision Moments, Saturday at 6.55pm on RTÉ One.

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