Friday 31 October 2014

RTE announce five acts hoping to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2014

Published 05/02/2014 | 14:17

Eoghan Quigg
Singer Andrew Mann. Picture:Arthur Carron
Singer Andrew Mann. Picture:Arthur Carron
Patricia Roe

FORMER X Factor star Eoghan Quigg is among the names in the running to represent Ireland at this year’s Eurovision.

The 21-year-old Derry native shot to fame after finishing third on the ITV talent show when he was just 15, mentored by Simon Cowell.

Quigg’s song, ‘The Movie Song’,  will be penned by Karl Broderick – who wrote Ireland’s failed 2005 entry ‘Love’ performed by Donna and Joe McCaul in Kiev.

The singer will be mentored by Mark Murphy.

The other names in the running are Patricia Roe, Can-linn, Andrew Mann and Laura O’Neill.

RTE announced in November that it had tasked five industry experts to find an act and a song for Eurosong.

The other mentors are Valerie Roe, Hazel Kaneswaran, Cormac Battle and Billy McGuiness.

Valerie Roe chose her sister, 1993 Eurosong veteran Patricia Roe and her self-penned song Don’t Hold On,

Hazel Kaneswaran chose trad act Can-linn featuring Kasey Smith, to perform a song called Heartbeat which Hazel composed along with Jonas Gladnikoff, Rasmus Palmgren and Patrizia Helander.

Gladnikoff co-wrote Ireland’s Eurovision entries for Sinead Mulvey in 2009 and Niamh Kavanagh in 2010.

2FM presenter Cormac Battle wrote Be Mine for former ‘Voice of Ireland’ contestant Andrew Mann to perform.

Aslan’s Billy McGuinness chose Laura O’Neill as his act and the song ‘You Don’t Remember Me’, which was composed by Don Mescall and Lucie Silvas.

The public will get the chance to hear the five songs for the first time tomorrow afternoon on 2FM at 2pm.

The winning act will be selected on Eurosong 2014 on The Late Late Show on Friday 28 February. As was the case in previous years, Ireland’s Eurovision entry will be selected by a combination of public and regional jury vote.

This year’s Eurovision will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, with Ireland competing in the second semi-final on Thursday May 8th. The Eurovision final takes place on Saturday May 10th.

Last year Ireland finished last in the Grand Final in Malmo with just five points, when Tyrone’s Ryan Dolan failed to light up the scoreboard with ‘Only Love Survives’.

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