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Sunday 20 April 2014

Eurovision hopefuls to battle it out on tonight's Late Late

Ryan Tubridy with contestant Aimee Fitzpatrick, who celebrates her 18th birthday today

BROADCASTER Ryan Tubridy will enjoy another ratings boost tonight when contestants try to win favour to represent Ireland at Eurovision.

The contest has already been marred by controversy after One Direction singer Niall Horan told his 10 million followers on Twitter to vote for his friend, Mullingar vocalist Zoe Alexis Bohorquez.

However, the Westmeath woman made no apologies for the superstar's support.

"I don't think it makes any difference. Niall is a good friend and wants to lend his support," said Ms Bohorquez.

Today FM presenter Mairead Farrell, mentoring act Kasey, discounted the impact of Horan's backing.

"I don't think Niall's fans will be up that late," she joked.

Meanwhile, 39-year-old Ryan said he's enjoying his 2fm show which has been enjoying something of a turnaround recently.

"I am just going to keep doing what I'm doing. I love the show. I love the team," said the broadcaster.

"We are just going to keep going. There is nothing else we can do," Tubridy told the Irish Independent.

The presenter was all smiles when he joined the five acts who are competing to represent Ireland at Eurovision on 'The Late Late Show' tonight.

It will be an extra special night for one performer, Leaving Cert student Aimee Fitzpatrick, who will celebrate her 18th birthday on the TV special singing track 'Crashing Down'. "Whether I win or lose, it'll be a birthday to remember," said Aimee.

Meanwhile, Eurovision veteran Shay Healy is mentoring Irish/Turkish band Inchequin, and Ryan Dolan from Strabane is the fifth act competing, and was chosen by mentor Stuart O'Connor.

Irish Independent

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