Preview: Ireland’s “Eurosong 2014”

LateLate09_RTE-FullClr Ireland, despite holding the record for the most Eurovision wins (a whopping seven, including an unprecedented three-peat back in the 90’s), has had a spot of bumpy luck recently at the Contest.  In their last ten participations, the country has had two last-place finishes in the Final (2007 and 2013), three non-qualifiers (2005, 2008, & 2009), and only two Top Ten placements (10th in 2006 and 8th in 2011).  Can tonight’s Eurosong Final, a special presentation of the Late Late Show on RTÉ, give us a song that can bring the Emerald Isle back to its former glory?

Using the same “mentor system” as they have since 2011, Ireland has five contenders for this year’s trophy.

  1. Patricia Roe – “Don’t Hold On.  Mentored by her sister, Valerie Roe
  2. Eoghan Quigg – “The Movie Song.  Mentored by Mark Murphy. Eoghan (prononuced like “Owen”), like Spain’s Ruth Lorenzo, was an alum of the 5th season of the UK’s “The X-Factor“.  He came in third, while Ruth came in 5th.
  3. Can-Linn featuring Kasey Smith – “Heartbeat“.  Mentored by Hazel Kaneswaran. Kasey, formerly of the girl-group Wonderland, came in third place in last year’s National Final with “Kiss Me“.
  4. Andrew Mann – “Be Mine“.  Mentored by Cormac Battle.  Andrew came in second place in the 2012 National Final with “Here I Am“.  He also took part on this year’s season of “The Voice of Ireland“, but was eliminated in Week Four of the live shows.
  5. Laura O’Neill – “You Don’t Remember Me“.  Mentored by Billy McGuinness.

The results will come from a blend of public televoting and a regionally-based jury, with scores coming in from Cork, Limerick, Sligo, Galway, and Dublin.

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