On the couch . . . with Johnny Lo­gan

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Born in Aus­tralia to a mu­si­cal Derry fa­ther, Johnny Lo­gan was reared in Dublin and got into show­busi­ness soon af­ter leav­ing school. Be­tween 1980 and 1992, he be­came the only per­son to win Euro­vi­sion three times: twice as per­former, once as song­writer. He also wrote his own 1992 win­ning en­try. Johnny con­tin­ues to en­joy pop­u­lar­ity through­out Europe, tour­ing and re­leas­ing al­bums.

Who con­trols the re­mote in your house?

Nor­mally when I’m home I have that hon­our, as long as I don’t change any of the set­tings the guys use or go near the leads at the back.

Did you watch a lot of mu­sic TV grow­ing up?

I re­mem­ber watch­ing The Bea­tles and The Rolling Stones, and dis­cov­er­ing Jimi Hen­drix when he per­formed Hey Joe on Top of the Pops. But most of the time as kids, my broth­ers and I were out­side play­ing.

Is there just too much good TV now to watch it all?

I love a good se­ries like The Black­list, Game of Thrones, Su­per­nat­u­ral and Sher­lock. There are also some great doc­u­men­taries and com­edy shows. I re­ally don’t watch re­al­ity TV or tal­ent shows, as I see enough re­al­ity around me and the tal­ent shows are about the judges, not the tal­ent. I also feel very strongly that some­where along the way, fame be­came more im­por­tant than be­ing great and I can never ac­cept that.

Are you a “telly on, lap­top on the knees and phone for tweet­ing” over-load kind of per­son?

I watch the TV when home, the iPad when trav­el­ling – and the phone I use way too much. I some­times feel con­trolled by it so these days I’m try­ing to use it a lit­tle less.

What are your un­miss­able shows right now?

Apart from The Black­list and Game of Thrones, there’s Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment and I’m al­ways on the look­out for a good art doc­u­men­tary.

How well do you re­mem­ber your first Euro­vi­sion ap­pear­ance?

All of my Euro­vi­sion ap­pear­ances are locked for­ever in my mem­ory. You can’t win three of them and not re­live the mo­ments ev­ery year at Euro­vi­sion time.

What TV show would you love to write songs for?

Great ques­tion. I re­ally love songs that en­hance and make you feel the mo­ment in any TV show, so I would love to work from that per­spec­tive.

Are there any shows you have on box-set, DVR or red but­ton that you haven’t quite got round to watch­ing?

I have all the Poirot se­ries, Sher­lock Holmes with Basil Rath­bone and count­less oth­ers.

What’s your all-time favourite TV theme tune – and why?

I have to say I love the theme mu­sic for Game of Thrones. Grow­ing up I loved the Avengers (I also had a ter­ri­ble crush on Diana Rigg).

Johnny Lo­gan plays Vicar Street in Dublin on Septem­ber 22.

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The Bea­tles

Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment

Sher­lock

Poirot

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