Can Linn feat. Kasey Smith has proven our readers and in-house jury right. The “Heartbeat” group moved Irish audiences and the professional juries with their song, and will now sing for Ireland at Eurovision 2014!
But before we even get to the results we need to mention the drama. And when I say drama, I mean DRAMA!!!
Past winner, Linda Martin joined music mogul Louis Walsh, Voice of Ireland co-host Eoghan McDermott and tv presenter Maia Dunphy in the on-stage panel who’s job it was to dissect each performance with The Late Late Show front-man Ryan Tubridy. Unlike in previous years the jury didn’t hold their tongues. They’d have made Simon Cowell blush.
And my God, Linda was in full diva mode. The first signs of trouble started to brew when she basically slated the whole of Eastern Europe, effectively saying they’d ruined Eurovision. But that was only the beginning.
Just before the final performer, Laura O’Neill took to the stage, it all kicked off Jerry Springer style. Laura’s mentor, Billy McGuinness, took issue with Louis Walsh’s presence on the panel. He claimed that Louis would be biased towards Eoghan and Kasey, as he’d worked closely with both of them in the past. And with that Mount Martin erupted. Shouting, screaming, name-calling (“odious little man!”) and finger wagging (on all sides) ensued. Unsurprisingly, Twitter exploded. Just look at the trends from during the show.
By the time the interval arrived, everyone was glad for the respite provided by former Eurovision winners Johnny Logan, Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington. A perfect remedy to lower the blood pressure.
Thankfully, the tempers resided in time for the most important part of the show – the results. The decision was made half by the Irish public, and half by a number of regional juries. You can see a full breakdown of the result below.
|1||“Don’t Hold On”||6||6||4||4||6||26||30||56|
|2||“The Movie Song”||10||10||10||12||10||52||50||102|
So what do y’all think of the result? Are Ireland set to redeem themselves after their 26th place disappointment with Ryan Dolan last year? Is a record 8th victory now a feasible possibility or a distant dream?
Photo: Screen-grab via RTÉ