You may not know Samantha Mumba, but you may recognise her biggest hit. “Gotta Tell You” charted in 17 countries in 2000 and 2001, climbing all the way to No. 1 in Ireland and New Zealand. She also cracked the top 10 in seven countries, including the US, Australia, the UK and France. Since then she’s slightly disappeared, and in 2011 she even announced her retirement from music to focus on her acting career in the States.
But there’s good news for all y’all Mumba fans: she can’t stay away from music. In 2013 she took part in the Irish TV show “The Hit” with the song “Somebody Like Me”. She made it into the final, but lost to Finbar Furey (another famous Irish singer).
And now she’s gearing up for an even bigger re-launch. Samantha has announced that she will release a new single on the 21st of February, coincidentally the same week as Eurosong 2014 in Ireland. Since the announcement rumours have been flying around the Twittersphere, the blogosphere, and every other sphere occupied by Eurovision fans.
If she does decide to represent the Emerald Isle, winner of ESC on seven different occasions, could she win Dublin her eighth? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We have to keep in mind that recently the UK has sent famous old crooners (no offence intended), and have not exactly had the best results…
The Irish National Final will take place on the 28th of February on the Late Late Show at around 9:30PM.
William Cahill contributed this report from Ireland, and is one of our Irish correspondents. Follow the team from wiwibloggs.com on Twitter @wiwibloggs and keep up with the latest Eurovision news by liking our Facebook page.