Thursday 24 October 2019

Over 200 singing hopefuls enter into 'Eurosong'

Ryan Tubridy and Johnny Logan ready to go for Eurosong special.
Ryan Tubridy and Johnny Logan ready to go for Eurosong special.
Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst of Austria performs during last year's contest

Brian Byrne

IRELAND could have its best chance yet of recreating its historic success at the 'Eurovision' after more than 200 entries were submitted under RTE's new 'Eurosong' selection process.

The national broadcaster announced last month that it was reverting back to the public process after four years of the 'mentor' system.

An RTE spokeswoman revealed that well over 200 songs had been received by the broadcaster from members of the public by the closing date yesterday.

Hopefuls were asked to submit an original song, performer and any suggested performance or staging details, one of which will be selected to represent Ireland at the 60th annual Eurovision in Vienna, Austria next May.

Since 2010, RTE operated a 'mentor' system, in which music and entertainment professionals were nominated by the station to select a song and act which they believed had the potential to succeed at the European music competition.

However, after last year's entry, 'Heartbeat', performed by Can-Linn featuring Kasey Smith failed to qualify for the finals, RTE announced it was reviewing the procedure in order to make "some important changes" to the process.

A number of well-known faces are believed to have entered this time around, including former 'X Factor' contestant Mary Byrne, performing a song composed by Eurosong veteran Karl Broderick.

Also expected is a song by former 'You're a Star' winner Leanne Moore, with new girl band Lir.

Meanwhile, former participants Jedward and Ryan Dolan have expressed interest in returning to the competition.

Ireland still holds a record seven wins, but has failed to beat its European neighbours since 1996, when Eimear Quinn won with 'The Voice'.

Irish Independent

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