There’s change afoot at RTE y’all! The Irish broadcaster today revealed details of its selection process for Eurovision 2015, with the public being invited to submit entries, including songs, performer(s) and those all-important staging and performance details, which Ireland desperately needs to improve upon. These entries will then be heard by a hand-picked panel at RTE, before being short listed and ultimately presented to the public.
The mentoring system, whereby five
supposed music industry experts chose a performer and a song to guide through Ireland’s national final, has proven to be rather hit and miss; with Jedward’s success in 2011 its crowning achievement and Kasey’s failure to qualify this year its biggest disaster.
Head of delegation Micheal Kealy praised Ireland’s past successes at Eurovision, while admitting that RTE could do with a helping hand from the general public:Ireland has a track record at Eurovision which is second to none but finding a song and an artist who can perform at the biggest entertainment show in the world is not an easy task. This year we have decided to have an open selection process for Eurosong 2015 and we want to hear from the very best songwriters and performers who believe they have what it takes to compete at the highest level in Vienna next May.
However, it has not been revealed exactly what form Eurosong 2015 will take, although rumours of talent show The Hit taking over the selection were apparently dismissed earlier this month. Although we would LOVE a huge national final in Ireland, we are glad to see that RTE have acknowledged that the old system was no longer working and more importantly, that there is still great longing to take the Emerald Isle back to its 90s heyday. Dublin 2016 anyone?
Entries must be submitted on CD or on USB key as an MP3 or WAV file to Eurosong 2015, RTE Entertainment, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 before October 31. If you think you’ve got what it takes, go here for all the details!
So what do you guys think? Will this back to basics approach put Ireland back on top? Do you have any suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!