DUBLIN, IRELAND – DEA-TRÁTHNÓNA Ó BHAILE ÁTHA CLIATH! GOOD EVENING FROM DUBLIN! Tonight, Eurovision champion, Ireland (7 victories so far), is about to select its 48th entry. For the sixth year in a row, the national selection show will be under the same format: “Eurosong”, a special edition of the world’s longest running chat show, Ryan Tubridy’s “The Late Late Show” on RTÉ 1. In late 2013, 5 mentors were nominated by RTÉ and each one of them has had the task to choose an artist and a song for Eurosong. Those are: Billy Mc Guinness, guitarist of famous Irish band Aslan, Hazel Kaneswaran, singer and song writer, Cormac Battle, RTÉ 2fm radio presenter and guitarist, Valerie Roe, band manager
Mark Murphy, tour manager. The winning song will be determined by a combination of 5 regional juries ‘votes (Cork, Limerick, Galway, Sligo and Dublin) and public televoting (from the Republic as well as from Northern Ireland)
HOW TO WATCH
WATCH THE SHOW ONLINE HERE (EUROVISION.TV)
In addition, a professional panel will comment on the songs after each performance. This year’s experts are: Linda Martin, 1992 Eurovision winner, Louis Walsh, manager and X Factor judge, Eoghan McDermott, presenter of The Voice of Ireland, Maia Dunphy, TV producer and presenter. The interval act will also be dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest, with Mr Johnny Logan (aka Mr Eurovision 1980, 1987, 1992), and the 1994 laureates, Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan. So let’s start the show!
WHAT THE BOOKIES SAY
The Movie Song 9/4
You Don’t Remember Me 6/1
Be Mine 8/1
Don’t Hold On 25/1
Patricia Roe – Don’t Hold On (mentored by sister Valerie Roe)
Eurosong veteran Patricia (who finished second in 1992 and 1993) is opening the competition with a self-penned ballad. That’s as strong ballad and strong performance for a rather old-fashioned track. She could have won in the 1990’s for sure. The panel doesn’t seem overwhelmed by the performance, and even call it inoffensive and dated.
Eoghan Quigg – The Movie Song (mentored by Mark Murphy)
Former UK X-Factor contestant (finishing 3rd in 2008) is now taking the stage. Another ballad but more up to date. Eoghan is playing the guitar and is giving a flawless performance, in Tom Dice style. The song has nothing special but is sweet and could be a surprise on Eurovision stage, just like Malta 2013 or Finland 2011. That could definitely be the dark horse tonight. The audience is enthusiastic and the panel is very positive about Eoghan’s performance, even calling it a worldwide hit (ok those are strong words!).
Can-linn feat. Kasey Smith – Heartbeat (mentored by Hazel Kaneswaran)
And here is the favourite of the night. Though Kasey finished third in Eurosong 2013, she’s back tonight with a very effective track: a clever mixture of pop, dance and Celtic music. That’s exactly what one could expect from Ireland in the 2010’s, and it’s less messy than last year’s Irish entry. Particular attention has been given to the staging; we even have two Irish dancers. From the studio version of the song one could have expected a more energetic performance. It is good but it seems small RTÉ studio is not the right place to appreciate this song. It could do well on B&W Hallderne’s stage. The audience appreciates the song, and so does the panel.
Andrew Mann – Be Mine (mentored by Cormac Battle)
And it’s a pop-rock ballad for Andrew. It’s pleasant and well performed but… that’s all. Despite the singer’s efforts and the nice melody this one could be easily forgotten amongst 36 other entries. The panel just agrees with this idea of “good song but not for Eurovision”. You have to give it to the Irish, their panel is the most honest ever!
Laura O’Neil – You Don’t Remember Me (mentored by Billy McGuinness)
A classy act from Laura. A nice Adele-like ballad. The voice is powerful and the performance is flawless and surpringly professional for a newcomer. Well-deserved good reactions in the audience. The panel is extremely positive about the song (but not about the mentor…).
And now an unexpected virtual fight between last mentor Billy McGyuiness the panel. According to many, Louis Walsh’s presence in the panel is not fair as he’s strongly connected to Kasey and Eoghan. Linda Martin is strongly reacting and Ryan is trying to calm them down… and the lines are now open!
114 pts – Heartbeat – Juries (12+8+12+12+10=54) + Televote (60)
102 pts – The Movie Song – Juries (10+10+10+10+12=52) + Televote (50)
084 pts – You Don’t Remember Me – Juries (8+12+8+8+8=44) + Televote (40)
056 pts – Don’t Hold On – Juries (4+6+6+6+4=26) + Televote (30)
034 pts – Be Mine – Juries (6+4+4+4+6=14) + Televote (20)