Ever since RTÉ scrapped the mentor system in favour of an open selection; the rumour mill has been in overdrive. Now the deadline for submissions has passed there’s only one question on everyone’s lips – who is in the race to represent Ireland at 2015? Well as of today, we can rule out Jedward. That’s right folks, the Grimes brothers have withdrawn before the contest has even begun.
According to The Sun the boys felt that the window for submitting entries (13 to 31 October) was too tight, making it impossible to find a potential Eurovision winner. Allegedly the brothers also suspected that some other acts had been “tipped off” about RTÉ’s selection plans in advance, with insiders claiming:
It all happened very quickly this year. It was a very short space of time to get your song in and Jedward got no advance warning. They weren’t privy to what was going on while other songwriters and acts seem to have their songs ready to roll.
RTÉ have denied this, stating:
Ireland entering Eurovision each year is not exactly a secret, of course acts will be keeping songs ready to go but absolutely no one was tipped off.
They may be a decisive act, but whether you love or loathe them, their absence will be felt.
And what does this mean for Ireland? Well for starters the selection process has just gotten a lot more interesting. With the Jedward juggernaut neutralised, it’s a relatively level playing field. As we’ve already reported Mary Byrne, Krystal Mills, Liir, Nikki Kavanagh, and Ben Quinlan have all entered songs. Following on from his initial Facebook post, 2013 singer, Ryan Dolan officially confirmed that he had submitted a song during the OGAE Denmark party. While Eurovision Ireland writes that former national finalist Andrew Mann and the team behind Margaret Berger’s “I Feed You My Love” have also sent in songs.
The battle to fly the tri-colour in Vienna has only begun.
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