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Ireland: ‘Odious little man’ Billy McGuinness criticises selection

Ireland’s national final has come under fire once again from Irish musician Billy McGuinness for featuring an entry composed entirely of Swedish artists and writers. The Aslan singer – who made headlines last year when erupting into an argument with Linda Martin during Eurosong, with the Eurovision winner branding him an ‘odious little man’ – has said “Surely a Swedish …

Jedward to represent AUSTRALIA at Eurovision???

At least, that’s according to Jedward themselves. While the two hyperactive twins won’t represent Ireland this year, they’re hoping to fly the Australian flag instead. As you are probably aware by now, Australia is going to compete this year in Vienna for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.  And the twins from Ireland are allegedly eager to return to the contest. “John and Edward …

Ireland: Meet the participants

Ireland’s national broadcaster RTÉ has confirmed the five acts that will take part in this year’s Eurosong. Nikki Kavanagh returns after losing out to Jedward in 2011 with “Falling”. The other acts include Swedish singer Erika Selin who was set to perform Timoteij’s “Kom” at Melodifestivalen 2010. The five acts aiming to represent Ireland are; Alex Saint – She’s So …

Ireland: Radio premiere of NF Songs on Feb 9th

After what seems to be a excruciating long wait time, the Irish broadcaster RTE finally announced the the five entries taking part in the National Final Eurosong, will be played on the radio on Monday, February 9th. The first radio airplay will take place on the Ray D’Arcy radio show on RTE Radio 1. So tune in between 15:00 and …

Ireland: First Eurosong participant leaked?

The Irish broadcaster RTÉ has been rather silent about artist information regarding their national selection this year so far. It has been confirmed, however, that this year the mentor system will be replaced with an open selection method. The national final will take place on 27 February – possibly integrated in the Late Late Show again. Now it appears the …

39 countries represented in Eurovision 2015

The EBU has confirmed that 39 countries will be represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, hosted between 19-23 May in Vienna, Austria. The number is two up on last year, representing the first increase in participation since Germany’s hosting in 2011. Amongst the participants is a surprising return from Czech Republic, who will take part for the first time …

Ireland: Jedward will not return

Jedward, Ireland’s two-time participants in 2011 and 2012, have announced that they will not be putting a song forward for the Irish national selection for 2015, after the submission period was ‘too short to find a winning song’. The twins, who first came to public attention during The X Factor in 2009, gave Ireland its best result in recent years, …

Ireland: Rules for Eurosong 2015 released

Today the Irish broadcaster RTÉ has announced the rules of their national preselection for 2015. Unlike in previous years, music industry professionals who act as mentors won’t be involved – instead the Eurosong selection will be completely open. Michael Kealy, Executive Producer of the RTÉ entertainment programme, is motivated to find a suitable representative for Ireland in Vienna next year: …

Ireland: Goodbye Eurosong?!

It seems that the Irish broadcaster RTÉ has had enough of the Late Late Show’s Eurosong selection and has scrapped it altogether for 2015, according to Irish website Goss.ie (or perhaps it was Linda Martin’s 2014 tirade?) The site reports that former Westlife star Nicky Byrne is being lined up to host a newly returned version of popular show The …

Ireland: Ryan Dolan back with new single

It’s been over a year since Ryan Dolan represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and it seems he’s been a busy guy since last May. His first single since Eurovision, “Start Again”, was released in February with the lyrics reflecting his coming out as gay since Eurovision, but now Ryan Dolan is set to release the follow up …

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