Prepare to feel the heartbeat, because if our readers are right Can-Linn and Kasey Smith should be storming to victory later tonight.
Over the last few weeks we’ve been asking y’all to vote for your favourite contestants in Ireland. With a total of 875 votes cast, we can now reveal that Can-Linn & Kasey Smith have won in a landslide, garnering a whooping 61.49% of all votes cast. That’s an extremely impressive 3 out of every 5 votes.
And to put things in perspective, the next highest was Eoghan Quigg who could only muster up a measly 16.91%. Laura O’Neill wasn’t far behind with 13.26%. Coming in last were Patricia Roe and Andrew Mann, who could only manage 7.91% of the vote between them.
1. Can-linn feat. Kasey Smith — “Heartbeat” 61.49% (538 votes)
2. Eoghan Quigg — “The Movie Song” 16.91% (148 votes)
3. Laura O’Neill — “You Don’t Remember Me” 13.26% (116 votes)
4. Patricia Roe — “Don’t Hold On” 4.91% (43 votes)
5. Andrew Mann — “Be Mine” 3% (30 votes)
And you lot haven’t being the only ones passing judgement. For the past week the Wiwi Jury– our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – have been reviewing each of the entries too. Once again, “Heartbeat” came out on top. However, “The Movie Song” plummeted to 4th place in our rankings.
1. Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith — “Heartbeat” (7.44)
2 . Laura O’Neill — “You Don’t Remember Me” (6.94)
3. Patricia Roe — “Don’t Hold On” (5.72)
4. Eoghan Quigg — “The Movie Song” (3.72)
5. Andrew Mann — “Be Mine” (3.39)
If the Irish public and juries think like Team Wiwi and our readers, “Heartbeat” will comfortably romp to victory. But Can-Linn fans shouldn’t book their tickets to Copenhagen just yet. Last year’s poll was dominated by Inchequin, only for them to flop on the night. Interestingly, Kasey, who performed as a solo artist, received just 4.51% of the votes back then. Proof, if ever some was needed, that a good song can make all the difference.
Of course there’s only one way to find out if all our predictions are correct, and that’s to tune into The Late Late Show Eurosong Special. The show will be broadcast on RTÉ 1, starting at 21.35 GMT and you can watch it live on the RTÉ player by clicking here.
What do you guys think? Who will win tonight? Or perhaps more importantly, who should win tonight?
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One good song, one bad song and three average songs.
My mistake. I read the article three times but it probably was the same diagonal reading each time :).
@Julian the second sentence is “Over the last few weeks we’ve been asking y’all to vote for your favourite contestants in Ireland” 😀
“Irish public” is the only clue in the article that this refers to Ireland.
The Can-linn song is ok, average but passable.
On the other hand the reason why many songs that are favorites often fail to qualify is because of the live performance. In Eurovision a must is to consistently and repeatedly deliver live singing.
If Can-Linn and Kasey don’t win I will be severely disappointed.
Like @AnesBosna, Laura ftw 🙂
Incredible as it may seem, Ireland may well choose the very dated ‘Don’t hold on’ by Patricia Roe … her sister (and mentor) Valerie Roe has her PR machine in full swing and if it is as well-oiled as indications suggest, prepare for a shock (and consequently another missed final for Ireland in May)!
Laura ftw :3