Former UK X-Factor contestant Mary Byrne has revealed that the Irish state broadcaster has dashed her bid to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2015.
She was hoping to compete at Eurosong 2015, the Irish national selection, with her entry “The Storm”, which was written by Karl Broderick who composed “The Movie Song” for last year’s finalist Eoghan Quigg. However, her Eurovision hopes were shattered when broadcaster RTE issued a “no thank you.”
“I’m gutted because it’s a fabulous song written by Karl Broderick, who is one of the top composers in the country. I’m more disappointed for Karl, but I’m a huge Eurovision fan and there’s no denying I would have loved the chance to win it for Ireland again. I felt Karl’s song was very strong and inspiring, but it hasn’t been chosen and I’m gobsmacked.”
Mary goes on to say that RTE may have snubbed her because they are looking ‘for somebody younger, or a slimmer version of Mary Byrne’. If that is true, they have clearly forgotten about Chiara, a plus-size singer who almost single-handedly won it for Malta in 2005.
Mary, a former Tesco worker who appeared on the 7th series of the UK X-Factor 2010, said her performances on the show proved she’d be perfect to represent the country.
“I feel that I proved during my time on the X-Factor that I can do a good job under pressure, and that it would have stood to me in the Eurovision.”
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