Ireland: Folk-pop duo Heathers reported as top of RTÉ’s list for Eurovision 2018


They’re the duo whose name keeps coming up as Ireland‘s rumoured act for Eurovision 2018. Now The Irish Sun is reporting that Heathers — made up of sisters Ellie and Louise Macnamara — are broadcaster RTÉ’s favoured act to send to Lisbon. But nothing’s been confirmed yet.

The tabloid newspaper claims that RTÉ is plotting to select Heathers as Ireland’s entry for Eurovision 2018. A source told The Sun that the folk-pop duo would be the “dream act” to represent Ireland, as they are both experienced writers and performers.

But the sisters haven’t said yes yet. Speaking to the newspaper, Louise said, “I’m not going to say yes or no. Possibly — but for me, we’re focusing on a new record.”

She also said the offer is worth considering. “I think the competition has changed over the last couple of years. There are a lot more credible acts going for Eurovision now. I don’t think it’s something to throw away or to not consider.”

While Ellie is currently based in New York and Louise in Dublin, the sisters are still working together on their new album.

The duo has been active since 2007, and they take their name from the cult 1980s high school film.  Heathers’ breakout success came in 2010 when the Irish Tourist Board used their song “Remember When” in a major promotional campaign. The track became a big radio hit in Ireland and reached No. 11 in the charts. The sisters’ most recent single “Midnight Train” dropped last August and has been well received in Ireland.

Heathers already have a Eurovision connection. In May, Louise sat on the Irish Eurovision jury. In the grand final her top marks went to Bulgaria, Israel and Romania.

Ireland is internally selecting its act for Eurovision 2018. In mid-September, broadcaster RTÉ opened its entry period, specifically wanting entries from songwriters and performers “preferably with a proven track record of success in the music industry”.

Since then, rumours have emerged of potential acts, including punk legend John Lydon, R&B singe Samantha Mumba and an unspecified boyband.

Details of the selection process have also been revealed, as focus group participant Eoghan McDermott shared details on both social media and his radio show. He was critical of some of the songs, saying many were too derivative of popular hits.

Ireland last send twins to Eurovision in 2012, when Jedward placed 19th with “Waterline”. This was also the second to last time Ireland qualified for the grand final. The country has not made the final since Ryan Dolan finished in last place in 2013.

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