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Saturday 19 April 2014

Sister act – Valerie to mentor Patricia in race for place at Eurovision 2014

Patricia Roe and Valerie Roe  pictured at The Opening of the new Lemongrass Restaurant in Naas Co Kildare
Picture:Brian McEvoy
Patricia Roe and Valerie Roe. Picture:Brian McEvoy

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', was 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 former nightclub boss, the PR woman Valerie Roe, singer Hazel Kaneswaran, 2fm presenter Cormac Battle and Aslan's Billy McGuinness.

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.

Cormac Battle wrote 'Be Mine' for former 'Voice of Ireland' contestant Andrew Mann to perform.

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 this afternoon on 2fm at 2pm.

The winning act will be selected on Eurosong 2014 on 'The Late Late Show' on Friday. February 28.

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.

Irish Independent

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