It may be getting chillier by the day outside but Eurovision season is just getting warmed up, as Ireland becomes the latest country to announce its selection plans for the upcoming contest in Denmark.
Following on from last year’s embarrassing 26th place finish in Malmö, there were suggestions that RTÉ would re-evaluate its Eurovision selection process. Well, in spite of everything, RTÉ has taken the view that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, and has decided to retain the existing mentoring procedure. Apparently 4 grand finals in a row is a success. Whatever happened to the days of 4 wins in 5 years? C’mon people a bit of aspiration wouldn’t go astray.
Aside from the 5 individual mentors the format will be identical to prior years. Each mentor must choose an act and song by 3 January 2014. Recorded versions of the songs should be submitted to RTÉ by 3 February. The 5 acts will then perform their songs on 28 February as part of “The Late Late Show” Eurosong special (*groan*), where the winner will be decided by a combination of public and jury votes.
And what of the mentors? They are Billy McGuinness, Hazel Kaneswaran, Cormac Battle, Valerie Roe and Mark Murphy. It’s not really a list of names that would inspire you to provisionally book a Dublin hotel room for May 2015. I’m only familiar with Hazel Kaneswaran and Cormac Battle. But I promise to do some digging and give you lot the full low down on each of the mentors over the coming days. Fingers crossed they’re all musical geniuses.
In the meantime what do you guys think? Are RTÉ right to keep the mentoring system? Should “Eurosong” be a stand alone show, separate from “The Late Late Show” (hint: YES!)? Do you think any of the bookies favourites will be chosen? And most importantly will Ireland be able to improve on last year? Comments below please.
If you’re interested in taking part as either a song writer or performer you can get the relevant contact details by clicking here.
Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)