Tubridy hopes Euro dreams come true as rivals do battle
RYAN Tubridy has a dream -- he wants to host the Eurovision Song Contest from Dublin.
Getting in the mood, the 37-year-old yesterday donned a very expensive sparkly jacket belonging to Jedward ahead of tonight's 'Late Late' Eurosong special to choose this year's entry.
"I would love to host a Eurovision in Dublin. I would be honoured to do such a thing. I think we are due it," he said.
And for sparkle yesterday it was hard to beat pop twins Jedward, who turned up at RTE in the matching silver jackets costing a cool $2,000 (€1,500) each.
"They're the most expensive bits of tin foil on the planet," said Jedward about their wardrobe choice, unsurprisingly purchased in a California boutique frequented by Prince.
Last year the twins managed to pull off what has eluded seasoned pros in the past, gaining Ireland entry into the main Eurovision Song Contest final in Dusseldorf where they finished eighth.
And tonight they will again face strong competition. Their rivals include another former Irish Eurovision entrant Donna McCaul, who represented Ireland in the semi-finals of 2005.
But Jedward are reaching even further back in time by securing the services of 1992 Eurovision winner Linda Martin, who revealed their entry 'Waterline', written by Swedish songwriter Nick Jarl, was "Jedward's first love song".
"'Waterline' is a fantastic European pop song. Nick uses the word 'Waterline' as a metaphor for falling in love," she said.
The 'Jedheads' plan to be brandishing snorkels and flippers to highlight their water-themed anthem tonight.
Just like last year, Ireland's entry will be selected by public and regional jury votes.
Meanwhile, mentor Bill Hughes described his entry 'Mercy', sung by singer Donna, as a "mix of Lady Gaga and Steps".
"It's a big dance track in the style of a club anthem," said Mr Hughes.
Former B*witched singer Edele Lynch, mentoring Donegal singer Maria McCool, emphasised how their song, 'Celtic Aura' "was a representation of Ireland".
Ireland's rock tradition is represented by producer and Brilliant Things member Greg French and his act Andrew Mann, with song 'Here I Am'.
"I wanted to bring something to the Eurosong competition that represented what I believe to be Ireland's best musical genre: rock," said Mr French.
Well-known showbiz agent Julian Benson will be depending on experienced duo Una Gibney and David Shannon to deliver his "positive European anthem" which he penned with songwriter Eanan Patterson, entitled 'Language Of Love'.
This year's Eurovision will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, in May with Ireland competing in the first semi-final on Tuesday May 22.