1994 Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan will play an ‘In the Round’ concert as part of the 2016 Belfast Nashville Songwriters’ Festival. The festival will take place at various venues in Belfast from 2nd-6th March and other acts include former D-Side Singer turned country singer Derek Ryan, Stephen Bishop, Iain Archer, Liam O’Maonlai and John Spillane.
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.
1. Earlier in the week Maraaya’s official video for their Eurovision song ‘Here For You’ was released. Have a look at the video here.
2. This week Eurovision fans were saddened to hear of the death of former winner Jorgen Ingmann. The 89 year old singer won the contest back in 1963 with his song “Dansevise” (Dance Ballad) for Denmark.
This week really has been hectic with 5 national selections having been made last weekend. Not only that but other countries who had picked their finalists also revealed their songs, Melodifestivalen staged its fourth and final heat and the rumour mill has been working over time since the UK and Australia announced their national selection reveal dates. As always we are here to keep you up to date so below are the 15 most important things that happened this week.
Last night saw Ireland choose Molly Sterling and her song ‘Playing with Numbers’ to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2015. The 16 year old was chosen over Kat Mahon who’s Charlie McGettigan penned ‘Anybody Got a Shoulder?’ finished in second place. Third place went to Swedish singer Erika Selin and in fourth was early favourite to win Nikki Kavanagh with her song ‘Memories’. Finishing bottom of the pack was Alex Saint’s ‘She’s So Fine’.
RTE have come under fire recently for choosing not only dated, boring and predictable songs to compete in the Late Late Eurosong special but also for the format itself. The studio is too small to accommodate any
It’s almost D-Day for Ireland. As friday and the all important Eurosong Late Late Show Special draws that bit closer, we want to know who you think Ireland should choose as their 2015 Eurovision entry. Listen to all the songs below and choose your favourite in our poll.
Ireland have announced the five songs in the running to be their pick for this year’s Eurovision and they had their first play on Ray Darcy’s RTE Radio One show this afternoon. Does Ireland have a potential winning song? Is there a good variety among the contenders? Listen to each of the songs below and let us know which is your favourite by voting in our poll and commenting with your thoughts below.