Mikey hopes song written for wife can win Eurovision spot
A SONG Boyzone member Mikey Graham wrote for his wife is among five songs RTE have short-listed to represent Ireland in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.
'Baby, Nothing's Wrong', which Graham also performs, beat off competition from hundreds of other entries, including one by Ronan Keating.
Last night, Graham (38) expressed his delight at the song's selection by a panel including former Eurovision winner Linda Martin.
"I'm amazed and thrilled. If the Irish people like it as much as I do, it will be an honour to represent my country," he said.
Describing the song as a "Billy Joel-type piano ballad", Graham revealed its inspiration had been his wife Karen.
Graham said he believed the song's selection was part of a turnaround of his fortunes after years suffering depression.
"For a little while I didn't believe in myself, but now I've got back that self-belief. Things are starting to happen again and I'm excited," he said.
Another established name among the 2010 Eurosong finalists is singer Niamh Kavanagh. The former Eurovision winner will be singing 'It's For You', a song part-written by Niall Mooney and Jonas Gladnikoff.
Another song-writing team with Eurovision experience in the 2010 shortlist are John Waters and Tommy Moran, who have written 'Does Heaven Need Much Love' for 'You're A Star' winner Leanne Moore.
'Fashion Queen', performed by Monika Ivkic, and 'River Of Silence', performed by Lee Bradshaw, are the other two entries.