Thursday 27 November 2014

Eurovision voting system's killing Ireland, says mentor Hazel Kaneswaran

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 10/05/2014 | 07:07

Ireland's Kasey Smith
Ireland's Kasey Smith

Eurovision mentor Hazel Kaneswaran has hit out at the current voting system which she says is hurting Ireland's chances of winning the song contest for an eighth time.

The former Popstars finalist has stood by Kasey Smith's performance of Heartbeat, which she co-wrote, arguing that at the moment it is too difficult for any Irish act to win the Eurovision.

However, the Dubliner said that Ireland is too steeped in Eurovision tradition to pull out of the competition and should "not be defeated" despite Thursday night's disappointment.

"I don't think we will ever bow out because we have won it so many times, we would be mad to accept defeat," the Blanchardstown native told the Herald.

"I think that they will tweak and change the rules and it will help us down the road, but right now you can see that what has been going through to the final is not about the song."

Hazel's group Can-Linn featuring Kasey Smith failed to make it into the top ten acts from the second semi-final who will perform in tonight's grand final in Copenhagen and the mum of four admitted she was "shocked" at the result.

Can-Linn, representing Ireland, perform the song
Can-Linn, representing Ireland, perform the song "Heartbeat" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Can-Linn (featuring Kasey Smith) representing Ireland perform the song 'Heartbeat' during the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest in the B&W Halls in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday, May 8, 2014.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Carl Espen, representing Norway, performs the song "Silent Storm" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Vilija Mataciunaite, representing Lithunia, perform the song "Attention" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
People wave flags during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, May 8, 2014. The competition's two semi-finals will take place on May 6 and May 8, while the grand final will be held on May 10. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (DENMARK - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Firelight, representing Malta, performs the song "Coming Home" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Firelight, representing Malta, performs the song "Coming Home" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Mei Finegold, representing Israel, performs the song "Same Heart" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
The Shin and Mariko, representing Georgia, performs the song "Three Minutes to Earth" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, May 8, 2014. The competition's two semi-finals will take place on May 6 and May 8, while the grand final will be held on May 10. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (DENMARK - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Donatan & Cleo, representing Poland, perform the song "My Slowianie- We Are Slavic" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
The band Shin and Mariko representing Georgia perform the song 'Three Minutes to Earth' during the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest in the B&W Halls in Copenhagen, Denmark
Mei Finegold representing Israel performs the song 'Same Heart' during the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest in the B&W Halls in Copenhagen
Donatan & Cleo, representing Poland, perform the song "My Slowianie- We Are Slavic" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Conchita Wurst, representing Austria, performs the song "Rise Like a Phoenix" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Conchita Wurst, representing Austria, performs the song "Rise Like a Phoenix" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Sebalter representing Switzerland performs the song "Hunter of Stars" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Sebalter representing Switzerland performs the song "Hunter of Stars" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Sebalter representing Switzerland performs the song "Hunter of Stars" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Sebalter representing Switzerland performs the song "Hunter of Stars" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Softengine, representing Finland, perform the song "Something Better" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Can-Linn, representing Ireland, perform the song "Heartbeat" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Teo, representing Belarus, performs the song "Cheescake" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Teo, representing Belarus, performs the song "Cheescake" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Tijana, representing Macedonia, performs the song "To the Sky" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Tijana representing Macedonia performs the song "To the Sky" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Sebalter representing Switzerland performs the son "Hunter of Stars" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Sebalter representing Switzerland performs the song 'Hunter of Stars' during the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest in the B&W Halls in Copenhagen, Denmark
Paula Seling & OVI representing Romania perform the song "Miracle" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Tinkara Kovac representing Slovenia performs the song "Round and round" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Freaky Fortune representing Greece performs the song "Rise Up" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Freaky Fortune representing Greece performs the song "Rise Up" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Tinkara Kovac representing Slovenia performs the song "Round and round" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Donatan & Cleo representing Poland perform the song "My Slowianie- We Are Slavic" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Donatan & Cleo representing Poland perform the song "My Slowianie- We Are Slavic" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Paula Seling & OVI representing Romania perform the song "Miracle" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Conchita Wurst representing Austria performs the song "Rise Like a Phoenix" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
Mei Finegold representing Israel performs the song "Same Heart" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen
The Shin and Mariko representing Georgia performs the song "Three Minutes to Earth" during the second semi-final at the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen

"I believed that out of the 15 songs that were performed on Thursday, we were definitely going through because some of the others were s***e and you could see that," she added.

Hazel (37) also defended her decision to work the song around a Celtic theme and argued that the use of Irish dancers was not outdated.

Meanwhile, RTE have confirmed that they will be making changes to the selection process before putting through next year's Eurovision representative.

(The Herald)

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