Open selection format for Ireland!
After speculation that RTE were going to use the format of television show “The Hit,” we have now learned that this will not be the case for Ireland’s 2015 selection.
For the first time in four years, RTE is calling on anyone in the Irish Republic to send their songs to them, in the hopes of being Ireland’s representative for Vienna.
Since 2011, RTE has used the mentor format. RTE chose five “mentors” to find an act and a song for Eurovision. This format has proved to be moderately successful, with Jedward making it to the Eurovision final in 2011 and 2012, and Ryan Dolan making it to the final in 2013. After reviewing this selection process, RTE has decided to make some important changes for their 2015 selection.
This year, RTE has invited the public to send in songs, performers, and any staging details to them, making it an open selection. The entries will then be short-listed by a panel chosen by RTE. It is not yet known if “The Late Late Show” will be used as the national final show, however, it is expected to be.
Executive Producer of Eurovision for Ireland, Michael Kealy said “Ireland has a track record at Eurovision which is second to none but finding a song and an artist who can perform at the biggest entertainment show in the world is not an easy task. This year we have decided to have an open selection process for Eurosong 2015 and we want to hear from the very best songwriters and performers who believe they have what it takes to compete at the highest level in Vienna next May.”
To read the rules for the Irish selection click here.
Kasey Smith and Can-linn represented Ireland in Copenhagen with “Heartbeat.” However, they failed to make it to the final and finished in 12th place in with 35 points in semi-final 2.