Can-Linn and Kasey Smith have been selected to represent Ireland in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after quite a controversial selection process. RTE’s Eurosong 2014 saw judging panelist Louis Walsh being accused of bias towards two of the competing acts by Aslan’s guitarist and mentor to competitor Laura O’Neill, Billy McGuinness (Eoghan Quigg who he knew through his time on the X-Factor and Kasey Smith who he knew through mentoring her band Wonderland). McGuinness cited that Walsh had One Direction’s Niall Horan tweet his thousands of followers to vote for Quigg. The result of this accusation saw Linda Martin jump to Walsh’s defense and have a Jerry Springer-esque argument with McGuinness on live TV. Check it out for yourself here:
Anyway, back to the song in hand. Kasey Smith has teamed up with Can Linn to perform ‘Heartbeat’, penned and mentored by Hazel Kaneswaren, former Popstars contestant and brother of the Wanted’s Siva Kaneswaren. It’s not just Hazel who has exemplary pop credentials, but performer Kasey is a former member of short lived girl group Wonderland with band mate Jodie Albert (formerly of Girl Thing and Hollyoaks fame). Kasey also vied to compete in 2013’s Eurovision but lost out to Ryan Dolan.
The song sees Ireland return to its Eurovision roots with an up tempo tune that features many irish traditional instruments including the bodhran and fiddle, but which also has a modern twist with Smith’s vocals. Not only this but Ireland will use two male Irish dancers in their staging which sees them draw on the popularity of their 1994 Riverdance interval act. While not having overwhelming odds with the bookies (the best being 25/1), the song is a strong effort and will definitely make the final, but how well it does beyond that is anyone’s guess. Let us know what you think of the song by commenting on this entry.