Sunday 22 September 2019

Michele McGrath's band Lir miss out as five Eurosong finalists are revealed

Michele McGrath
Michele McGrath
Eurovision entrant Nikki Kavanagh
Kat Mahon
Eurovision entrant Erike Selin
Molly Sterling

Elaine McCahill

Model and singer Michele McGrath's girlband Lir has failed to make it to the finals of the Eurosong contest to represent Ireland at the Eurovision in Vienna this May.

Michele (27) is in the band with former You're A Star winner Leanne Moore and Voice of Ireland contestant Kim Hayden but the girls recently said they'd continue to work together even if they didn't make it.

"Myself, Leanne and Kim are definitely going to do stuff together anyway because it's been working great between us and we have a nice mix," she told the Herald recently.

The girls have been rehearsing constantly since before Christmas and have become fast friends since forming the band.

With more than 300 entries, the girls had stiff competition and the five finalists and their songs were revealed yesterday.

Public voting opened after the songs debuted on the Ray D'Arcy Show yesterday afternoon but a judging panel will also have their say as to who will follow in the footsteps of Johnny Logan, Linda Martin and Dustin the Turkey to represent Ireland in the contest.

The winner will be selected on the Late Late show on February 27 after a live performance from the five acts.

This year's hopefuls are Zambian-born rapper Alex Saint and the Mjs; Tipperary woman Kat Mahon; Swedish native Erika Selin; former Eurosong hopeful Nikki Kavanagh; and 16-year-old Molly Sterling.

Kat Mahon had a double whammy on Sunday when it was revealed that she had also made it to the Battle Stages of the Voice of Ireland.

"It's incredible, I don't know which I want more but luckily there's no clash in the schedule so I can do both," the 28-year-old said.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the song competition and traditionally Ireland fared well, picking up more wins than other countries.

However, Ireland haven't had a winner since 1996 and RTE are keen to do well with their "back to basics" approach to picking the Irish entry.

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