UPDATE AT 1500 GMT: LISTEN TO THE FIVE SONGS HERE
After months of rumours, false alarms and leaks, RTÉ have finally revealed the five contenders for Ireland’s Eurosong 2015. They are: Alex Saint, Kat Mahon, Erika Selin, Molly Sterling and, as we already knew, Nikki Kavanagh. As expected, it has also been confirmed that the final will take place during the 27 February edition of The Late Late Show. The winner will be chosen by a mixture of public and jury votes and will represent Ireland at Eurovision in Vienna.
You can get to know the five acts below, and then read our guide on how to listen to their songs this afternoon.
Alex Saint “She’s So Fine”
Born in Zambia, Alex now lives in Belfast. He feels that “this is the year of the rap” and will perform a rap song, written by Tony Adams-Rosa. He is set to be joined by the MJs, a young female vocal group from Derry.
Kat Mahon “Anybody Got A Shoulder”
A former lead singer with All Ireland Talent Show contestants Blue Lilac, Kat also represented Longford at the international Rose of Tralee beauty pageant. She is currently participating in The Voice of Ireland. Her song is written by Charlie McGettigan, who along with Paul Harrington won Eurovision 1994 singing “Rock N Roll Kids”.
Erika Selin “Break Me Up”
The Swedish singer rose to fame in her homeland during the 2009 season of Swedish Idol. She almost sang “Kom” at Melodifestivalen 2010 but, as we all know, the song was given to girlgroup Timoteij instead. Explaining her reasons for entering the Irish selection, she said “Ireland is one of the absolute top nations in the Eurovision Song Contest”.
Molly Sterling “Playing With Numbers”
At 16, Molly is the youngest competitor in this year’s final. Her song is co-written with Greg French, the man behind Andrew Mann’s Eurosong 2012 entry.
Nikki Kavanagh “Memories”
A lady who needs little introduction, Nikki came second to Jedward in Eurosong 2011. We’ve known she was a finalist since Friday, when her photographer let the news slip on Instagram (OOPS!). Her latest entry is described as “current” and “edgy”.
Listen To The Songs
As we reported over the weekend, the songs will be played for the first time on RTÉ Radio 1 during the Ray D’arcy Show. The programme will be streamed live via the RTÉ Radio Player and starts at 15:00 GMT.
Eurosong Reviews and Predictions
What do y’all think? Are you disappointed that big name acts such as Liir, Mary Byrne and Ryan Dolan have been snubbed? Or are y’all glad to see some fresh faces? Let us know below.
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