Last night on RTE the Late Late Show has been the national selection for Ireland’s. There were five candidates all supported by respective mentors and an expert jury, one of them was Linda Martin, who won the ESC in 1992 with “Why Me”, the song was composed by Johnny Logan, who also appeared on stage with a medley of his Eurovision songs. The lightly matured Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan sang their song “Rock’n Roll Kids” for another time in front of an enthused audience.
Besides the voting the most entertaining part of the show was a fight between Linda Martin and one of the mentors Billy McGuiness, it was about being biased and why people are sitting in the panel to influence their favourites.
Watch here the funny part:
Among the solid entries for this year there was no real outstanding song, maybe the only song with a potential winning chance was “You don’t remember me” by Laura O’Neill
The voting procedure was as always first five juries from Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Sligo, where Kasey Smith with “Heartbeat” was the clear winner. The majority of votes came from the televoting and Kasey Smith was also put on first place by the Irish public. The song has a lot of Irish elements, there were even two Irish dancers accompanying Kasey. Judged by the panel, they wanted to have a song on which the Irish can be proud of and additionally the song must be clicking from the first minute. The ESC recipe is a bit different; mostly the songs with a uniqueness and authenticity are ending up on the top of the scoreboard.