Alan Fletcher aka Karl Kennedy from Neighbours has said he’ll put his name forward to sing for Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest this may.
Speaking to Radio 5 Live, the Neighbours actor said that Australia’s involvement is the “most exciting thing ever,” adding that he would “absolutely love” to head to Vienna to perform. “I’d be there with bells on. I think I’d probably have to wear a wig and grow a beard. But I’d be happy to do anything. The sequin suits: I can see it all now.”
As long-time Alan admirers here at RadioTimes.com, here’s why nobody- and we mean nobody- would (or could) do it better than Fletcher.
If he was singing, even Eurovision sceptics would tune in for a bit of Karl kennedy…
Is @doctorkk doing Eurovision this year? Might be the one year I can actually persuade my mum to watch, she does love a bit of Karl Kennedy!
— Lynds Maple (@lyndsMaple) February 10, 2015
He’s in a real band
Fletcher formed The Waiting Room with two Melbourne musicians in 2004, and they they’ve done four UK tours playing to tens of thousands of fans.
Here’s a live performance in Aberdeen…
He’s also in a seven piece function band Ubersavvy which “offers the best in party music across a broad range of musical styles designed to please all age groups and musical tastes.” If that is isn’t crowd-pleasing enough for Eurovision, we don’t know what is.
AND he’s in a fake band
Alan Fletcher’s passion for music is so strong that it informs his fictional character Dr Karl Kennedy too. If Erinsborough’s finest medical mind can entertain the locals in a diner in the suburbs of Melbourne, he can drive the drunken Eurovision-watching public wild with glee.
The limelight won’t get to him
Doctor Karl Kennedy has the Right Prescription (that’s the name of his on-screen band, guys!) for success. After cutting his teeth as a musician in front of television cameras and lights in Neighbours. He won’t crack under the pressure of Eurovision.
He wouldn’t be boring
Just look at his Christmas card!
— Alan Fletcher (@doctorkk) December 18, 2014
And finally, because he *might* get the Neighbours cast on stage as backing dancers.
Yeah, Kylie might be busy, but to be honest we’d rather see Toadfish do the sweet harmonies and smooth finger clicking.
That’s enough reasons.