Last September, during his annual Eurovision Forum, RTÉ’s Head of Delegation made it clear that Ireland would be thrilled to host the Eurovision Song Contest.
And on Sunday the Irish Mail on Sunday reported that singer-songwriter Una Healy is the woman they broadcaster thinks can snatch the title and bring the contest back to Eire.
Speaking to insiders from the broadcaster, the paper claims the hunger for The Saturdays star is very real indeed.
“Una would be a great choice for Ireland’s Eurovision entry,” the unnamed source says. “She has an amazing voice and has years of experience performing in front of thousands of people so nerves wouldn’t be a problem for her.”
The source also nodded to her experience as a backing vocalist at Eurovision 2006.
“She has also been on that stage before with Brian Kennedy so knows exactly what to expect.
“We know from Nicky Byrne that a profile doesn’t guarantee a good result but she has honed her craft as a solo singer over the past two years and we feel that she would be the perfect choice.”
The source points out that “she’s a stunning-looking girl” and says that “it all depends on her schedule”.
RTÉ did not respond to queries from the Mail on Sunday.
Una from The Saturdays
What’s our favourite day of the week? Musically it has to be Saturday! Formed in 2007, The Saturdays went on hiatus in 2014. But their mark on the pop music world has been with us ever since we heard their debut single “If This Is Love”.
In fact, Irish wiwiblogger Padraig included them on his 2014 list of “The Acts UK Fans Actually Want to Send to Eurovision”. He noted that they’ve charted not just in Ireland and the UK, but also in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary and Ukraine — nations that all participate in Eurovision.
Looking at the UK charts — which is a great bellwether for the impact an act can have — we see their five albums have all made waves.
Chasing Lights and Wordshaker both hit #9 on the UK Album Charts, while Headlines! peaked at #3, On Your Radar reached #23, and Living For The Weekend dropped in at #10.
Perhaps their biggest single is “What About Us”, which hit #1 in the UK and #6 at home. Other singles on the UK charts include:
“If This Is Love” (#8), “Up” (#5), “Issues” (#4), “Just Can’t Get Enough” (#2), “Work” (#22), “Forever Is Over” (#2), “Ego” (#9), “Missing You” (#3), “Higher” (#10), “Notorious” (#8), “All Fired Up” (#3), “My Heart Takes Over” (#15), “30 Days” (#7), “Gentlemen” (#14), and “Disco Love” (#5).
In 2017 she released her debut solo album The Waiting Game. It hit #12 in Ireland and #28 in the UK. But more importantly it showed Una’s ability to stand on her own. She shows great promise as the leading lady — and one who nods to Ireland’s singer-songwriter tradition while adding a dose of modernity. You’ll never see her cry…
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