Ever since Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith failed to qualify in Copenhagen with the hot mess that was “Heartbeat”, it’s been clear that the Irish national selection process is in desperate need of an overhaul.
Now Goss.ie is reporting that RTE are looking to axe Eurosong as part of the Late Late Show and instead make the song selection part of the next series of RTE’s talent show The Hit.
The Hit sees songwriters pitch their songs to two established singers, who then choose the song they think will be a hit, with the winner decided by public vote (and no jury!). There’s already been a Eurovision connection – both Johnny Logan and Brian Kennedy have appeared. Johnny Logan even won his episode with the contemporary rock/rap song “Prayin'”, and also reached #3 on the singles chart.
So, is The Hit the answer to RTE’s Eurovision woes? Some members of the wiwibloggs team fear the series has the potential to drag out into never-ending Lithuanian-style saga, but there’s also the chance to get a great song matched with an equally good performer. And consider this: the winner of the first series was the sentimental Irish ballad “The Last Great Love Song”, written by Gerry Fleming and performed by legendary folk singer Finbar Furey – sounding just like the sort of song that won Ireland Eurovision in the ’90s.
What do you think of moving the national selection to The Hit? Is this the path to victory in Vienna? Or would it be more of the same for Ireland?