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ESC Reporter | January 19, 2018

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Ireland to use "The Hit" to select entry?

Ireland to use “The Hit” to select entry?
Emma Kiernan

After Kasey Smith failed to qualify for the final this year in Copenhagen, reported that RTE will introduce a new way to select their entry.

Now, has reported that RTE are in talks to use “The Hit” to choose their song for Vienna.

“The Hit,” which aired on RTE in 2013, involves two established artists that choose a song pitched to them by songwriters, in a bid to sell the most copies of the song. This format has proved to be a success, with RTE having sold it to several other countries including The Netherlands and Norway.

“The Hit” already has had a Eurovision connection with both Johnny Logan and Brian Kennedy having taken part. The show is hosted by Nicky Byrne of Westlife.

Also, according to, the host of the Late Late show, Ryan Tubridy, has revealed that he no longer wants to host the Irish selection process.

If selected as the new national selection format, the winner of “The Hit” will go on to represent Ireland at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

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