Preview: Ireland’s “Eurosong 2014”
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.
- Patricia Roe – “Don’t Hold On“. Mentored by her sister, Valerie Roe
- 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.
- 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“.
- 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.
- 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.