The Irish Eurovision selection process for 2015 has been top secret thus far, and so it remains. Despite claims by a poster on the ESC Nation message boards, the five Eurosong finalists have NOT been leaked. The poster, simply called “Brendan”, outlined the contents of a press release which he claimed RTÉ were set to publish on Wednesday. However, the RTÉ Press Office has confirmed to wiwibloggs that a press release hasn’t even been written yet, so couldn’t have been leaked. When asked for comment on the purported release they added:
No comment – we’ll announce finalists officially in coming weeks.
So the leak appears to be a false alarm but it did contain some rather interesting names. And as y’all know by now, we love a bit of speculation here at wiwibloggs. Let’s take a look at the five acts which were named. Should any of these be included in the official press release whenever it’s published?
Josh Grey, Dean Gibbons, Brendan Murray, Cian Morrin, Dayl Cronin and Ryan McLoughlin – collectively known as Hometown – are the latest act to emerge from the Louis Walsh pop factory. Since their official launch on Ireland’s biggest chat show last May, they’ve already knocked Ed Sheeran off the number one spot and stolen the hearts of Ireland’s teeny boppers. With Walsh’s know-how and experience – he’s responsible for Westlife, Boyzone, Linda Martin, Johnny Logan and Jedward – and cheek bones to die for, they could prove to be an unstoppable force. Oh, and their singing isn’t too bad either – think the Vamps via One Direction’s stylists.
There’s more manufactured pop in the form of Liir, a girl band put together especially for Eurovision. Some of you may recognise Leanne Moore; she competed in Eurosong 2010 and provided backing vocals for Jedward and Ryan Dolan at Eurovision. Now she’s joined by Voice of Ireland finalist Kim Hayden and singer cum model Michele McGrath. While relatively successful as individuals, they are completely untested as a trio. Their entry is written by Alan Earls, the man behind Johnny Logan’s first top ten hit in 26 years, so the signs are good.
The child actor turned pop star is no stranger to singing competitions. He competed in both the Voice Of Ireland and Britain’s Got Talent in 2012, causing a whole load of drama when both shows clashed. (Un)luckily for him he was eliminated during the first live show of the Voice, enabling him to continue on to the final of BGT. Afterwards he released an EP which cracked the top ten in both Ireland and the UK, and two singles. He also appeared on the Irish version of The Hit. If he does make it to Eurovision, he’ll be hoping to do better than his Uncle Gary, who came third from bottom in 2001 with “Without Your Love”.
A complete unknown, Rachel McCormack’s biggest claim to fame according to her website would seem to be an appearance on TV3’s now cancelled The Morning Show. She’s toured with X Factor’s Mary Byrne and released a handful of singles, none of which have troubled the charts.
The final member of the five is a man who needs no introduction on these pages – Ryan Dolan. He represented Ireland in 2013, coming last in the Grand Final with “Only Love Survives”. In the interim he publicly came out as gay and released two autobiographical singles – “Start Again” and “Fall To The Floor”. This time round he’s taking no chances, and has recruited the song writing team behind Sweden’s Fame in 2003 and Spain’s Pastora Soler in 2012.
Rachael McCormack has taken to Twitter to deny being a Eurosong finalist:
— RACHAEL MCCORMACK (@rachaelmccormac) January 20, 2015