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Ireland will select through Eurosong format

Ireland will select through Eurosong format
Eric Nocito

Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ, has announced the details of how they will choose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

RTÉ has chosen to once again use the format of Eurosong and the entry will be chosen during a special broadcast of “The Late Late Show.”

“RTÉ wanted to again offer the Irish public a say in deciding who Ireland’s Eurovision entry should be. We felt the last year’s mentoring process was successful in delivering five strong acts which could represent Ireland,” said Michael Kealy, RTÉ Eurovision Co-ordinator.

The five mentors for 2014 are:

-Aslan guitarist, Billy McGuinness:  “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. If there are songwriters out there who want to send me songs please email: billymcguinness@gmail.com.”

-Singer and songwriter, Hazel Kaneswaran:  “I am really looking forward to mentoring my act for the Eurosong. I’ve always loved the Eurovision Song contest ever since I fell in love with Johnny Logan as a young child! Every year the Eurovision winner is different, so it’s hard to know what the public want but I’ll give it my best shot. Artists and songwriters can contact me by clicking on: www.hazelkaneswaran.ie.”

-RTÉ 2fm presenter and Kerbdog frontman, Cormac Battle:  “I thought they were joking when they asked me to be a mentor for Eurosong 2014 but on reflection I have been heavily involved in the music making process for a long time albeit in a different sphere – so why not? A brilliant song is a brilliant song no matter what. And this is one of the most exciting and challenging projects I have ever taken on. I am in it to win it. If anyone would like to contact me please email: eurobattle@rte.ie.”

-Band manager Valerie Roe:  “Music is my first love and my vision for Ireland this year is to go back to our roots with a powerful song and an exceptional singer with strong production and the inimitable artistic style that Ireland is famed for worldwide. Artists and songwriters can contact me via my email: valerie@valerieroe.com.”

-Tour manager Mark Murphy:  “I got involved to find a great song and singer to represent Ireland. I feel there is so much musical talent out there that it’s the right time to get involved and find the perfect song for Eurovision. I would love to hear from songwriters and artists and they can contact me via email: markmurphyeurosong@gmail.com.”

 

RTÉ said the mentors “will source songs and singers who, in their view, should compete to best represent the country” in Eurovision. “The five mentors this year represent a wide range of experience and talent and the songs and acts they choose will deliver a very thrilling and energetic Eurosong final in February,” Kealy continued.

The mentors must submit the details of their artist and song by January 3, and the final version of the song must be submitted by February 3.

The five artists and songs will be announced in early 2014 and then will be performed for the first time on “The Late Late Show Eurosong 2014 on February 28.

The winning song will be chosen by a combinations of the votes of the television audience and a regional jury.  The winner will go on to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Source Photo courtesy RTÉ

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