Saturday 20 December 2014

'Why were we robbed of this?... them's the breaks' - Eurovision mentor Hazel Kaneswaren

Composer says one act got through to the final for 'making butter on stage and having their boobs out, but that’s the way it goes'

Published 09/05/2014 | 11:01

The mentor for Ireland’s entry to the Eurovision has told of her disappointment at failing to qualify for the final of the song contest.

A disappointed Hazel Kaneswaren, composer of ‘Heartbeat’ and mentor to Can-Linn, says she was “100 per cent sure” the song would qualify.

But she conceded that the context of Eurovision has changed, with acts qualifying for making butter on stage or “getting their boobs out”.

She told Newstalk’s Pat Kenny she did not attend the after party last night because she was so exhausted.

“Obviously it’s disappointing for me. You see some other acts that went through and they weren’t great, and you’re there going, ‘how can we be robbed of this?’”

“It’s not like when Johnny Logan won... It’s not the same anymore. It’s about the show. Some had trapeze artists on stage, and others had more dancers than we had.”

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, 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)
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

“One got through by making butter on stage and having their boobs out, but that’s the way it goes.”

“[Last night] I had one glass of Guinness and then I went to bed because I was absolutely exhausted.”

The song ‘Heartbeat’ tells the story of “going from darkness into light”, Ms Kaneswaren added, and now the Can-Linn team faces one of those dark moments.

“I was absolutely 100pc sure that we were going to get into the slot on Saturday night. We couldn’t have done anymore. I’m so proud of them, they’re a young team. Kasey’s only 23.”

 “In the three minutes that we had, we gave the best performance we possibly could... but here’s another dark moment for us, but it’s never going to be the end.”

“Them’s the breaks. Sometimes the doors close, and the doors closed on us last night.”

When Conchita Wurst representing Austria had not yet been named as a qualifier by the ninth announcement, Kaneswaren said she new Ireland would not get through.

“You want to hear the roars in the place in the arena [for Conchita]. I knew that she was going to get through.”

 “I’m only getting over it this morning and now I’m going to get on the phone and talk to my kids.”

“I am a mum of four, that’s what I am, and I took myself out of family life for five months and I put my heart and soul into it.”

While Hazel said she hasn’t yet decided whether she will stay in Copenhagen for the final tomorrow night, she will never “turn her back” on the Eurovision.

“I would never turn my back on Eurovision... it’s nice to be here,” she added.

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