Ireland’s Eurovision fortunes have really taken a turn for the worse ever since their hey days of the late 80s/early 90s when they won a record breaking seven times. While still unbeaten to this day, Ireland haven’t even come close in recent years. They failed to qualify in 2014 with Cann Linn and Kasey Smith. They came in 26th place of 26 in the Final in 2013 with Ryan Dolan. It took Jedward’s ‘Lipstick’ in 2011 to see Ireland with any decent chance of doing well. Read on to see what we make of their chances in 2015.
The Netherlands have really turned their Eurovision fortunes round as of late. After a dry spell of 9 years failing to qualify for the final of Eurovision, Anouk’s ‘Birds’ finished in 9th place in 2013 and then last year the Common Linnets’ ‘Calm After the Storm’ took second place. This year the Dutch entry sees veteran female pop and jazz singer and The Voice coach Trijntje Oosterhuis take centre stage with her song ‘Walk Along’. Read on to see what we made of the song.