On Monday Ireland’s RTÉ announced the five acts and songs for this year’s Eurosong. Amongst them was Erika Selin with “Break Me Up”, a Swedish native with no connection to Ireland. Some people aren’t happy.
Erika Selin “Break Me Up” Official Video
As y’all know, RTÉ implemented an open submission process for this year’s contest, inviting entries from both home and abroad. However, with Irish acts such as Ryan Dolan, Mary Byrne and Liir failing to make the cut, there have been rumblings of discontent about Erika’s inclusion. And RTÉ have been forced to respond:
This is not a new rule – in the past we’ve had acts from Slovenia and Latvia take part in our Eurosong final just as other countries have allowed Irish singers and songwriters enter their national finals. Indeed Irish national Fionnuala Sherry won the competition for Norway a number of years ago.
While we may complain about the Irish broadcaster’s attitude towards Eurovision from time to time, we have to agree with them on this one. Eurovision is international and transcends borders. If the song and singer are good enough then we’re all for it. Remember, many of the contest’s legends had little or no links to the countries they sang for – think Celine Dion, Gina G and practically every single Luxembourg act.
Luckily for Erika, this “controversy” doesn’t seem to be doing much damage to her chances. She’s currently coming second in both our reader poll and the betting odds. For the moment only Nikki Kavanagh stands in her way.
What do y’all think? Does it matter that she’s Swedish? Or do y’all just care about the music? Let us know below.