It’s been a month since the submission deadline for Ireland’s Eurosong 2015. That’s an eternity in the world of Eurovision, but even so RTÉ have revealed practically nothing regarding next year’s selection show. While the national broadcaster has been keeping schtum, several of the 400 plus entries have been busy self promoting. We already know that Ryan Dolan, Mary Byrne, Nikki Kavanagh and several more have thrown their names into the Euro-hat. But they’re not the only ones hoping to fly the tricolour in Vienna.
Lamph ft. Jack Kennedy
If Valentina Monetta‘s relative success proves anything, it’s that Eurofans love a trier. And you’d certainly stuggle to find a pair who’ve tried harder than Lamph. The duo have attempted to enter Ireland’s selection process on three occasions – 2004, 2009, 2010 – but with little luck. Upon hearing them in 2004, Linda Martin declared “Not good. Waste of time. Goodbye”. This year they’ve drafted in Jack Kennedy. You can hear a snippet of their entry in this promo video. Readers of a sensitive disposition should be warned that the clip contains enough bombast to make even Krystal Mills blush.
Lamph ft. Holly Ryan
And in case Jack doesn’t do the business, they’ve also submitted a song with Holly Ryan.
After Andrew Mann and Kim Hayden, Velvin becomes the latest Voice of Ireland alum to enter the race to Vienna. The American native was eliminated during the first live show, but the knock-back hasn’t dented his desire to win. His Eurosong entry is titled “Welcome To The Revolution”.
Dedicated followers of the Swiss national selection may recognise Ralfi, also known as Darragh Reck. His track “The Man Who Won The Lottery For The Moon” may have been snubbed by SRF, but Darragh remains undeterred and he has decided to submit it for consideration by RTÉ. He has also sent in a second track “Factory Hearts”.
Kasey, Kasey, Kasey. Before the 2014 contest, Can-Linn’s leading lady topped our polls and wowed our jury. However, once she arrived in Copenhagen everything went wrong. A week of rehearsal mishaps, dodgy camera angles, even dodgier dancers and ropey vocals led to her elimination in the second semi. But just like Ryan Dolan, she’s hoping for a comeback. This time sans Can-Linn.
UPDATE: Despite initial reports, it turns out that Kasey Smith has NOT submitted an entry.
Adding to the reality tv contingent is Olwyn Murray. She came fourth on the 2010 series of The All Ireland Talent Show, RTÉ’s attempt at creating a rival format to the Got Talent franchise. Since then she’s released a handful of singles, her most recent being “Falling In Love Again”. She has submitted two songs.
Kasey and Ryan aren’t the only former Eurovision stars hoping for a comeback. But we have to travel back to a time before Jedward, before Linda Martin, before even Johnny Logan – 1979. That year Cathal Dunne represented Ireland with “Happy Man”. Despite coming a respectable fifth, he disappeared from the public eye and emigrated to America. However, this year’s open selection appears to have lured him back for another shot at Euro-glory.
Someone, somewhere came up with the brilliant idea to submit a “do-gooder” song, sung by a multi-national group. The song is “A Day Of Love”. The group is the Earth Singers. We recommend they research the fate of Switzerland’s Six4One.
The Northern Irish man is a veteran of the national final circuit . He’s written songs for Latvia’s Samanta Tina and Moldova’s Boris Covali, while this year he entered the Swiss process with “Boom”. So far all his efforts have failed. He has submitted two tracks to RTÉ
Coco De Áine
Coco De Áine will probably be a new name for y’all. But you’re sure to be familiar with the work of the team behind her – Machopsycho. Ever heard of P!nk’s “Stupid Girls”? Or perhaps Margaret Beger’s “I Feed You My Love”? Machopsycho had a part to play in both those hits, and many more. Safe to say we’re already excited.