Picture credit: RTÉ/Erica Cody

After last year’s edition, the Emerald Isle is gearing up for another Late Late Show Eurosong special. Over the course of several days, radio crazy Irish broadcaster RTÉ will release the six competing entries.The first has already landed: Erica-Cody with “Love Me Like I Do”.

Ireland is releasing this year’s Eurosong entries one by one on the popular radio programme The Ray D’Arcy Show. Erica-Cody’s entry is the first of six to be played on RTÉ’s Radio 1. Between Tuesday and Friday, we will hear the remaining five songs, with two entries released on Wednesday. 

Eurosong 2024: Erica-Cody

Erica-Cody is a rising star in the Irish music industry. Although the Dublin native has two albums under her belt, she has yet to break through to the wider public. Irish television viewers might have caught a glimpse of her on RTÉ’s popular programme Dancing with the Stars. Her music mixes pop, hiphop and R&B. 

Besides music, Erica-Cody is an activist for black rights in Ireland. A woman of colour herself, she is an active member of the Black Lives Matter movement and took the streets in Dublin to protest against discrimination. On top of that, she took part in the Irish Women in Harmony campaign in which musicians tried to raise money for a domestic abuse charity. 

Erica-Cody has some television experience too. In 2022, she co-hosted the RTÉ 2 television programme The Main Stage

 
 
 
 
 
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Erica-Cody – Love Me Like I Do (Audio)

Co-written by Ruthanne, Erica-Cody, and Aimee, and produced and co-written by Richey McCourt, Erica-Cody has described her Eurosong entry as follows to RTÉ

“The song has never meant more to me than it does right now. It really helped me get through one of the most challenging times in my life while navigating a breakup.”

“It’s the ultimate feel good self-love anthem. The meaning is in the song title Love Me Like I Do – you really are your own best friend, the one who has to go to sleep with your decisions and thoughts at night so no one can make decisions and love you more than YOU can.”

“So, to be able to represent Ireland doing the one thing I love the most (music) and have now made my career not only would be an honour but a huge full circle moment.”

Do you think that Erica-Cody can be the one flying the Irish tricolour? Do you like “Love Me Live I Do”? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
4 months ago

Pfff this sounds like a carbon copy of that song of Rachel Goode two years ago. What a wasted opportunity.

StuG
StuG
4 months ago

Thus would be a disaster for Ireland to send. Generic, middle of the road and unmemorable. This would sadly be another NQ for Ireland.

Leo M
Leo M
4 months ago

The second song is out and is a bit of a mess, sounds like 10 songs playing at once

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
4 months ago
Reply to  Leo M

Good description ive just listened!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

I really like the performer and listened to some of her original music and she’s a very capable R&B vocalist. They could’ve really done something with her but, instead, she’s been stuck with a very typical, songcamp-y sounding Irish national final track.
It’s not a good song but she might make it passable.

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
4 months ago

It’s not bad but production sounds “cheap”. There’s room for improvement though. RTÉ needs to do better if they want to get back to the game.

Thallo
Thallo
4 months ago

It’s generic, very dated and the production is terrible.

Hopefully she will compete in Eurosong next year with a good song. I’m confused as to why she didn’t tap into her R&B roots instead. The number one rule for success in Eurovision is to be authentic.

Rall
Rall
4 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

When was the last time an R&B song won Eurovision?

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
4 months ago
Reply to  Rall

R & B doesn´t fist to ESC.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
4 months ago
Reply to  Antananarivo

doesn´t FIT, of course

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
4 months ago
Reply to  Rall

Why shouldn’t an R&B song be able to do well? I think that if we’ve learned one thing these last couple of years, it’s that being authentic and following your own style does best at Eurovision. And tbh, Ireland doesn’t have to aim at winning Eurovision… getting into the final should be their first goal!

Mike
Mike
4 months ago

Send this and get last place in semi

Darren
Darren
4 months ago

It would be good if it didn’t come a year after Loreen and Tattoo.
Obviously they are different but there are comparisons and those comparisons would be made.
I do like the song though, so far so good. I do love a dark synth vibe

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Dangerous move, don’t do it! Lesley Roy’s song was compared to Euphoria… it didn’t work out.

Ari
Ari
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

It wouldn’t be any better if Tattoo didn’t exist. It’s just not enough.

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
4 months ago

This is a good song. If i heard this not knowing it was a Eurovision contender i would buy this. Good start Ireland

Héctor
Héctor
4 months ago

Kind of dated but I think I like it. Certainly not a standout but a song I’ll probably not skip.

Héctor
Héctor
4 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

And yeah, something with the production value has me distracted I think something’s a bit off.

Ari
Ari
4 months ago

The Late Late Show yet again. Ireland’s success story is unstoppable.

Hello hi
Hello hi
4 months ago

Generic. Lyrics really predictable and empty, to the point it would be written by someone with limited English vocabulary.
This would be something in MESC or at a push a Mel fest heats filler.

Leo M
Leo M
4 months ago

Not a bad start but not a great start. Song feels quite safe and generic, it’s time for Ireland to send something more risky

Eva
Eva
4 months ago

Please do a reaction video to Latvia Supernova

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
4 months ago
Reply to  Eva

of what, something what should’ve more been a internal selection for Dons

eurygo
eurygo
4 months ago

She’s lovely and what a voice she has, it packs attitude, love the verse and the energie, this is a nice and easy song in an unfortunate moderat production. Royksopp this one up and it is a done deal.

Stephanie
4 months ago

Off topic, but Sheldon Riley (Australia 2022) made it through to the next round of “America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League” with a performance of Loreen’s “Tattoo”. Also, an aerial hula hoop artist named Grace Good performed her act to “Space Man” by Sam Ryder (UK 2022) and advanced too. That’s Eurovision power for you!

Leif Christensen
Leif Christensen
4 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Yesterday I kept getting a commercial for the travel agency Apollo (the Danish branch) on YouTube where they used Guy Sebatian’s entry “Tonight Again”. Not sure if it is only used there of if it is also used on tv (since I do not have flow tv anymore!). I thought it a surprising choice but it IS a cool song.

Fred
Fred
4 months ago

Used on TV as well! I got excited, since the song is an 9 year old Eurovision song – well done!

Yuarith
Yuarith
4 months ago

Better than most of what Ireland had to choose from in previous year, but it’s just decent overall, feels like it lacks something imo I just can’t point out what atm

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago

Better than a lot of Ireland’s entries, however it will still not qualify. If Brooke Scullion can’t qualify when they even threw in the kitchen sink she can’t with an arguably weaker 80s inspired song. I mean, it’s an effort that’s alright but I can’t help but think she was chosen because of her political background…

Rory
Rory
4 months ago

What’s her political background?

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
4 months ago

Brooke was really horrible.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
4 months ago

She seems cool and motivated, good luck to her!

Bart
Bart
4 months ago

I must think of Dua Lipa hit potential song

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 months ago

Here’s a song with a key change in the third minute. Ah, the difference a that half-step up makes. 🙂
It’s missing something though. Maybe a violin, a tin whistle, or Jedward. Heck, if identical twins sang this song, it would take on a whole different meaning altogether. 😀

MaxESC
MaxESC
4 months ago

She is a good performer that will elevate the song. It has potential but needs a revamp. The key change needs work. I like the inclusion of Irish language that is meaningful and not gimmicky- mna gra.

I’m exctied to hear the other songs. I have high hopes for the Bambie Thug song. It is very different from what Ireland usually sends and it is a definite qualifier.

Louis Walsh and his boyband can bore off!

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  MaxESC

The other five songs have already been revealed?

MaxESC
MaxESC
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

The artists and song names have been leaked and the songs are online.

Erica Cody @EricaCody
?JyellowL @RealJyellowL
?Bambie Thug @Bambiethug
?Isabella Kearney
?Next In Line @NextInLineMusic
?Ailsha @ailshamusic

Zanoni
Zanoni
4 months ago
Reply to  MaxESC

I don’t think I’ve heard “the” Bambie Thug song, but I’ve heard one of hers that reminded me of Rob Zombie and another that reminded me of Shakespears Sister’s “Stay,” and that’s a range I can very much get behind.

MaxESC
MaxESC
4 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

Bambie Thug has a Shakespeare Sister vibe but more modern. They would be a surprising but positive entry for Ireland.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  MaxESC

Interesting, thank you!

Next In Line is an awful name for a boyband.

MaxESC
MaxESC
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

?Agreed! It is Louis Walsh so no surprise?????

Olaf
Olaf
4 months ago
Reply to  MaxESC

where we can find them?

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago

I just looked at the credits of the songwriters. Ruthanne was a writer on Britney’s “Work Bitch”, which is not bad. Aimée is a talented performer herself, I hope she is one of the other five acts. Hurt Like Hell is worth a listen, there’s even a Swedish language version.

Djdks
Djdks
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Aimee can’t be as the rules were 1 song per songwriter

Ulla Rajala
Ulla Rajala
4 months ago

Not an ultimate bop but passable

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago

I like the performer more than I like the song.

Denis
Denis
4 months ago

It is what is expected from Ireland. Not bad but also nothing spectacular. Perhaps a bit generic.
But I give it a chance, it might grow

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago

A little too late, the 80s trend is almost dead now.

Ria NL
Ria NL
4 months ago

I like the song but I am curious to hear the other songs

Shush
Shush
4 months ago

It’s good but still gives me nq vibes tbh. It just sounds heavily dated but not bad considering the past competition. Could probably go forward

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
4 months ago

Decent!

Not amazed but above the average standard of most Irish NFs I’ve followed for the last fifteen years. I trust she is a capable performer and some slick staging could elevate this. Just really wish RTE would book a proper hall, like the Dublin Helix, and have their final there, it would be much better than that crappy little studio.