The names of the five candidates in the running to represent Ireland at the next Eurovision Song Contest will be revealed on 6th February on RTÉ Radio. The country will decide upon its entrant to Copenhagen during The Late Late Show to be held at the end of next month.
For the fourth consecutive year, Ireland will use the mentor system whereby five candidates will each be allocated a mentor on their way towards their competition to take place during the popular The Late Late Show broadcasted on RTÉ. The Irish selection is scheduled to take place on the 28th February.
RTÉ announced that five candidates will be in competing for the ticket to Copenhagen. The artists and their songs will be revealed on 6th February on The Mooney Show on RTÉ Radio. The show hosted by Derek Mooney will also feature a couple of Eurovision experts.
Late last year, the Irish broadcaster announced the five mentors who will be assisting the Irish finalists. The mentors are:
- Hazel Kaneswaran – former judge on Eurostar
- Billy McGuinness – member of the Irish band Aslan
- Cormac Battle – DJ on 2FM
- Valerie Roe – former member of The Dooleys
- Mark Murphy – tour manager of Olly Murs & former X-Factor entrant
Ireland is the most successful country in the Eurovision Song Contest. The country has achieved an enviable total of seven victories. Dana and the Eurovision evergreen All kinds of everything started the impressive run in 1970, with wins in 1980 and 1987, followed by the famous hat-trick of 1992, 1993, and rounded off by Eimear Quinn with The voice in 1996. Last year Ryan Dolan represented the country with the song Only love survives. He managed to qualify from the semi-final but finished last in the grand final, gaining a paltry five points.
Below you can watch our 3D video of Ryan Dolan’s appearance at this
year’s Eurovision Song Contest where he came in last in
the final. If you don’t yet have the suitable equipment this can easily be turned off in the player for regular 2D viewing.
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