After Ireland’s semi-final knock out this year, RTÉ have been reluctant to fully divulge their plans for 2015. So far details have been drip-fed to us. First the mentor system was scrapped (good riddance), then an open selection was announced, and an appeal was made for potential entries. Now that the submission deadline has passed, they’ve revealed some more details.
Speaking to Today FM on the day of the deadline, the Irish HoD Michael Kealy confirmed that five songs will battle it out in Eurosong 2015. But first, nearly 400 submissions will need to be opened and cataglogued. Next an independent panel consisting of five stalwarts from the Irish music and showbiz industry will draw up a shortlist of 40 to 50 songs. This list will then be whittled down to the final five by a second panel. So far we don’t know the names of any jury members, but Mr. Kealy did confirm that there would be no one with “vested interests”.
When asked if the national final will continue to be broadcast as part of The Late Late Show, Kealy said that it hadn’t been “definitively decided yet”, adding that “finances obviously come into play a lot”.
This year’s Eurosong is shaping up to be the most exciting in years. In the latest Wiwi Round Up we discussed some of the entries. Watch from 21:58 for more.
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