Saturday 17 March 2018

All you need to know about this year's Eurosong hopefuls

Eurovision hopeful Eoghan Quigg
Eurovision hopeful Eoghan Quigg
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

This Friday the difficult decision of who will represent the country in this year's Eurovision Song Contest will be in your hands.

Five artists will take to the stage for the Eurosong Contest on 'The Late Late Show' and one will be chosen to represent Ireland on the Danish stage come May.

Here is all you need to know about the five contestants.

1. Patricia Roe

It is a family affair for the Roe family as Eurovision veteran Patricia Roe and her self-penned ballad ‘Don’t Hold On’ were chosen by her sister, mentor Valerie.

If Patricia wins the national Eurosong contest this Friday night, it will be her third time lucky.

Mentor Valerie has a lot of song contest experience; she sang in the  Tokyo Song Festival coming second to Dionne Warwick and did backing vocals for the Malta entry in the Eurovision when it was in Ireland.

Patricia Roe recently spoke to the Sunday Independent about her hopes for the contest.

Eurosong contender Patricia Roe bares her soul

Patricia Roe is going for the third time lucky

2. Eoghan Quigg

Former UK X Factor finalist Eoghan Quigg will take to the stage on Friday to sing ‘The Movie Song’ written by Karl Broderick. Mark Murphy, who is Olly Murs’ tour manager, is Quigg’s mentor and the 21-year-old already has the backing of a host of celebrities online.

Olly Murs, Marvin Humes, Brian Kennedy, Shane Filan and Brian McFadden have all wished the singer luck.

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Eurovision hopeful Eoghan Quigg

Eurovision hopeful Eoghan Quigg

3. Can-linn

Can-linn, featuring Kasey Smith, were chosen by mentor Hazel Kaneswaren and will perform up-tempo dance song ‘Heartbeat’. Hazel composed the song with Jonas Gladnikoff, Rasmus Palmgren and Patrizia Helander.

The mentor knows her music – she was in a band Dove, took part in Popstars’The Rivals and was a judge on RTE’s ‘You’re A Star’.

4. Andrew Mann

Mentor and 2fm DJ Cormac Battle wrote the song ‘Be Mine’ which Andrew Mann will perform in a bid to win the national Eurosong contest. The rock song will hope to repeat the success of Finnish band Lordi’s rocker anthem. 

Singer Andrew Mann. Picture:Arthur Carron

Can Andrew Mann do it?

5. Laura O’Neill

Aslan’s 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. “Normally I wouldn’t have had the time to be involved as a mentor for Eurovision, but with Aslan on a break I feel I can commit myself to finding a great song and singer to represent Ireland,” Billy told the Irish Independent recently.

The winning act will be selected by a combination of public and regional jury vote on ‘Eurosong 2014’ on ‘The Late Late Show’ this Friday, February 28.

This year's Eurovision takes place in Copenhagen in Denmark. Tyrone's Ryan Dolan finished last in this year's final in Malmo, Sweden.

Watch the Eurosong Contest on 'The Late Late Show' this Friday at 9:30pm on RTE One.

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