RTE announces Eurovision mentors for 2014 selection
RTE have this afternoon confirmed the mentor format will return to select Ireland's Eurovision entry in 2014.
Five new Mentors have been appointed representing different backgrounds in the music and entertainment business in Ireland.
In the coming months they will source songs and singers who, in their view, should compete to best represent the country.
The five Mentors are:
Billy McGuinness is as a member of popular Irish rock band Aslan and has been involved in the music industry for over 30 years. With great songs such as Crazy World, This is and numerous No 1 albums, Billy has toured the world playing in venues across the USA, Australia and Europe.
“Normally I wouldn’t have had the time to be involved as a mentor for Eurovision, but with Aslan on a break I feel I can commit myself to finding a great song and singer to represent Ireland."
Hazel Kaneswaran has been a part of the Irish music industry since 1996. Her talent as a singer and a songwriter is augmented by her gregarious personality. She was in a band, Dove, took part in Popstars- The Rivals and was a judge on RTÉ’s You’re a Star. Hazel took a step out of the entertainment industry to prioritize bringing up her four sons and while at home has written a whole new catalogue of songs.
“I am really looking forward to mentoring my act for the Eurosong. I've always loved the Eurovision Song contest ever since I fell in love with Johnny Logan as a young child! Every year the Eurovision winner is different, so it hard to know what the public want but I’ll give it my best shot."
Cormac Battle is a presenter on 2fm. He has his own rock show on Sundays and co hosts with Rick in the Afternoon. Before joining RTÉ he wrote, recorded and toured worldwide with his bands Kerbdog and Wilt. He was also involved with RTÉ’s summer TV series The Hit.
“I thought they were joking when they asked me to be a mentor for Eurosong 2014 but on reflection I have been heavily involved in the music making process for a long time albeit in a different sphere - so why not? A brilliant song is a brilliant song no matter what. And this is one of the most exciting and challenging projects I have ever taken on. I am in it to win it."
Valerie Roe was chosen by Louis Walsh to be part of a UK chart topping band and she toured the world with the band. She sang in the Tokyo Song Festival coming 2nd to Dionne Warwick and did backing vocals for the Malta entry in the Eurovision when it was in Ireland. She managed girlbandChill and also did A & R and PR for boybands D’Side & Zoo.Valerie is currently managing Out Of The Blue, who made it to bootcamp stage on The X Factor.
“Music is my first love and my vision for Ireland this year is to go back to our roots with a powerful song and an exceptional singer with strong production and the inimitable artistic style that Ireland is famed for worldwide."
Mark Murphy has worked in the music industry for over twelve years. Mark is the tour manager for Olly Murs and also a tour manager for X Factor acts. Mark won an award affiliated with the Brits (Music Matters) for Unsung Hero of the Year, which celebrates people behind the scenes in the music industry.
“I got involved to find a great song and singer to represent Ireland. I feel there is so much musical talent out there that it’s the right time to get involved and find the perfect song for Eurovision."
Artists and songwriters who would like to take part should make contact with the mentors immediately.
Mentors must submit details of their act and song to RTÉ by 3rd January 2014 and recorded versions of the song should be submitted to RTÉ by 3rd February 2014.
Details of the five acts and songs will be announced in the New Year and the mentors' five chosen songs will be performed for the first time by their acts on The Late Late Show Eurosong in February.
The winner will once again be decided by a combination of public vote and regional jury.
RTÉ Eurovision Co-ordinator Michael Kealy said: "RTÉ wanted to again offer the Irish public a say in deciding who Ireland’s Eurovision entry should be.
"We felt the last year’s mentoring process was successful in delivering five strong acts which could represent Ireland.
"The five mentors this year represent a wide range of experience and talent and the songs and acts they choose will deliver a very thrilling and energetic Eurosong final in February.”
Next year's Eurovision takes place in Copenhagen in Denmark.
Tyrone's Ryan Dolan finished last in this year's final in Malmo, Sweden.