A number of panels are currently assessing potentials songs that could represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Eoghan McDermott, the host Ireland’s Junior Eurovision selection and radio presenter has revealed he was a member of one of the panels assessing songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Earlier this week the presenter was asked to listen to the ten songs that have been shortlisted by RTÉ for this years contest in Lisbon, Portugal.
The presenter stated on Irish radio yesterday that he felt that two of the ten submissions were strong contenders, while he felt another six were too similar to each other. Overall he is positive about the songs that have been shortlisted, reassuring listeners that none played up the “fiddly-aye” sound that past Irish entries have incorporated.
RTÉ has yet to reveal when they will announce the singer and song that will represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Earlier this year, RTÉ held a Eurovision forum with music industry professionals, media figures and Eurovision fans. The forum discussed how Ireland could end its poor run of form of the contest and Irish Head of Delegation, Michael Kealy said that RTÉ were expressly looking for a “killer song perfomed by an act with vast experience of playing live to big crowds.”
According to the rules of the Irish selection for Eurovision 2018, it is open to RTÉ to change the artist on a submitted entry if they see fit.
Ireland has failed to qualify for the Eurovision final for the past four years. In 2017, Brendan Murray finished in 13th place in his semi-final in Kyiv with the song Dying to Try.
Source: Eoghan McDermott
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Ireland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and is currently the most successful country to have participated in the contest, winning a total of seven times. During the 1990s Ireland was a powerhouse in the contest becoming the first country to win three years in a row from 1992 to 1994. Since 2000 Ireland has struggled in the contest having qualified from the semi-final into the final just five out of a possible 12 times. Ireland’s last top 10 result came in 2011 when Jedward finished 8th in Dusseldorf.