Picture: Next in Line RTÉ

After last year’s edition, the Emerald Isle continues to gear up for another Late Late Show Eurosong special. Over the course of several days, radio crazy Irish broadcaster RTÉ has released the six competing entries. The sixth and last has found its way out: Next In Line with “Love Like Us”.

Ireland released this year’s Eurosong entries one by one on the popular radio programme The Ray D’Arcy Show. Next In Line’s entry is the sixth of six to be played on RTÉ’s Radio 1. Between Monday and Thursday, we heard five other songs.

Eurosong 2024: Next In Line

Yes, Next In Line is in fact Louis Walsh’s next big boyband project. After Westlife (remember Nicky Byrne), Boyzone  and HomeTown (remember Brendan Murray), the Irish producer has gathered a new group of lads from across the island. 

Next In Line is a five-piece boyband consisting of Conor Davis, Joshua Regala, Conor O’Farrell, Neung Kelly and Harry O’Connell. Each one of them auditioned separately and were chosen out of hundreds of applicants.

Although already presented to the world as the next in line two years ago, the fivesome had yet to release original material. With internet users already questioning whether the project had fallen through, Next In Line’s bid to represent Ireland at Eurovision is also their debut single. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Next In Line – “Love Like Us” (Audio)

The Louis Walsh-mentored group talked to RTÉ about their song and Eurosong journey: 

“We are absolutely ecstatic to be given this amazing opportunity.”

“The chance to represent Ireland in any capacity is special but to be able to do it in a competition that means so much to us would be a dream come true.”

Do you think that Next In Line will be the act to beat at Eurosong 2024? Might this fivesome represent Ireland at Eurovision 2024 in Malmö? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Dida
Dida
4 months ago

And in the end Ireland is gonna pick the boy-band, we all know it. Another NQ

Gmisk
Gmisk
4 months ago
Reply to  Dida

Doesn’t look like it, based on the odds thankfully it is dropping like a stone. The only ones pushing it to win are Louis Walsh and his clown mate Linda Martin

oran
oran
4 months ago

just for the reference as an Irish person I believe the Irish and televote would at least give it 8 points, I’m just hope people what to take a risk or international jury say “no ty <3" to it

oran
oran
4 months ago
Reply to  oran

VERY EARLY PREDICTIONS WINNERS
IRISH JURY: Erika, Hold the Line or Isabella
INTERNATIONAL: Alisha, Bambie or Isabella
TELEVOTE: Alisha, Hold the line or Erika

oran
oran
4 months ago
Reply to  oran

Just for reference this is irish jury that gave Brooke 8/6 points

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
4 months ago
Reply to  oran

I think the international jury will go with Ailsha or Bambie and after seeing hints of Bambie’s staging on Insta, I think it will grab the International jury who will be thinking more of what will have impact in Malmö. I think the televote will be so open and I can see them voting for the song that will not be the winner. I’m thinking it will be one of the pop songs- Erika? She is popular after being on Dancing with the stars. When do we find out who the national jury is? I’m hoping that seeming as RTE… Read more »

Murphy
Murphy
3 months ago
Reply to  MaxESC23

Considering Doomsday Blue features on her album she is ready for malmo unlike the others listen to her song last summer stripped to get a feel of how good she is

Murphy
Murphy
3 months ago
Reply to  oran

Erika song is so forgettable therefore it has a serious chance lol

Thallo
Thallo
4 months ago

If this boyband wins Eurosong, Ireland needs to reevaluate how they select an act for Eurovision. The boyband won’t score well with the international jury, so it’s up to the Irish jury (who are corrupt) and the Irish public (who cannot be trusted) to decide if they win or not.

I personally think Ireland should consider a voting system like ESCZ, where international fans make up 70% of the vote and the public make up 30%.

zach
zach
4 months ago

While it definitely does remind me of Irelands eurovision entry last year, I do think this is much better. I like the melody and it’s a fun song, but I worry that’s it’s still a little too safe. Nothing against Next in Line, they seem pretty talented, but Ireland needs something more if they want to finally qualify again.
This probably does have a strong chance of winning but Ireland needs to step out of its comfort zone and try something new.

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
4 months ago
Reply to  zach

I agree. The band hold their own as a boy band and this will give them good exposure and experience but choosing this as the Eurovision entry would be the wrong move.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 months ago

A dose of reality from me first. I expect this entry is probably going to win Eurosong 2024, because it is a simple song sung by nice young men. Now let’s look at the song… The song is actually mid-to-fast tempo. What makes it feel “boring” to some listeners is the lack of harmonic progression, and a melodic refrain that goes round and round at the same time. (For music theorists, the harmony under the refrain feels like it is preparing the V7-I perfect cadence for a whole 4 bars, and this feature repeats in each 2-part Chorus. There is… Read more »

Nicomro
4 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I’m enjoying more and more Reading your comments.
Objective analysis with sprinkles of subjectivity and an overall healthy tone, that’s so nice to read around here.
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Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 months ago
Reply to  Nicomro

Thank you very much 🙂

Dida
Dida
4 months ago

Louis Walsh is that dated old man behind Brandon Murray’s song years ago? Why hasn’t he retired yet? His musical tastes are oldfashioned. I mean, this song is not bad, but at the same time it has nothing special…

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
4 months ago
Reply to  Dida

I’m hoping that Louis Walsh’s friends such as Linda Martin are not involved in the national jury.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago
Reply to  Dida

This attempt is but I KNOW he can do better. Westlife were a one of a kind find and even they would do much better.

jercle
jercle
4 months ago
Reply to  Dida

RTÉ, for reasons unknown, are in thrall to Louis Walsh when it comes to Eurovision. They seem to think being Johnny Logan’s manager in 1987 and Linda Martin’s in 1992 makes him a Eurovision guru. They need to realise he isn’t.

David Damen
David Damen
4 months ago

all of the songs in this selection are terrible its for them to go back to the ballad

Dominic
Dominic
4 months ago

Ireland has two good options in their line-up this year: Alisha and Bambie Thug. Both could do well if staged well and executed properly. They surely aren’t going to pick We Are One 2.0, aren’t they? Aren’t they (sad squeel…)?

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago
Reply to  Dominic

Even We Are One is a masterpiece compared to this…

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 months ago

It’s not that bad you know…But come on Ireland dare a little more for once…I know you can do that!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
4 months ago

Westlife vibes are a good thing, westlife are the only typical irish sound

Robert
Robert
4 months ago

I am saying this as a Westlife enjoyer (if that’s even a word haha) but this is too throwback and too much like Westlife hence a time passed I’m sorry to say

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert

As a Westlife enjoyer I agree too.

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
4 months ago

I am hoping that RTE and the jurors are reading online comments both nationally and internationally that pretty much agree it must be Go Tobann or Doomsday to represent Ireland. I know there will be Eurovision bloggers and podcasters in the audience for Eurosong- I hope they get a chance to speak some sense to the jurors and voters.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago
Reply to  MaxESC23

It’s gotta be Go Tobann for me.

eurygo
eurygo
4 months ago

A job well done, smooth and very, very easy song, but I don’t have a feeling we are there yet. This shouldn’t be your choice Ireland, and you know it.

Noam600
Noam600
4 months ago

Another year for Ireland NQ… and I am not sorry for them.. they supporting ter00rists..

Tino
Tino
4 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

You must be wrong, I’m pretty sure they’re not pro-Israel.

Paul
Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

Hope a certain country enjoys their act getting the Polina Gagarina treatment, that is if they are not rightly ejected from the competition this year.

Darren
Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

Ireland doesn’t support ter00rists.
As I’m sure you’re aware, we are not pro-Israel.

So you seem to be mislead.

Moron

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
4 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

Ireland does not support terrorists, as they are not pro-israel

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
4 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

This is a platform for talking about music, I suggest you take your rhetoric elsewhere. We are actually fed up with it, especially if you start labelling people and countries. Go to a news website and express your grievances there. C ya!

oran
oran
4 months ago

as a irish person, pick anything else except this, we did last year it didn’t (obviously)

lasse braun
lasse braun
4 months ago

after this cheesy and outdated boygroup song i have to say following:
“go tobann on doomsday!”

Cila
Cila
4 months ago

Next in line for the Irish NQ?

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
4 months ago

Ireland releasing interesting songs this year and right at the end this. Ugh

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
4 months ago

This is out of date boyband stuff. Thing is it is really not a good song. Who wrote this song? I hope this does not win

Bejba
Bejba
4 months ago

Watch This Win Lol

eurygo
eurygo
4 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

lol

Mark dowd
Mark dowd
4 months ago

Louis Walsh’s boybands are suicide to Ireland’s Eurovision prospects. This is 95% cut from the same cloth as that ghastly “We Are One” last year. This is 2024, not 1994!! Move on! Take a risk….

jercle
jercle
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark dowd

But RTÉ can’t seem to move on from Louis Walsh and his “stable of stars.” They seem convinced that because he managed Eurovision winners in 1987 and 1992, he knows how to win Eurovision in 2024.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark dowd

We Are One was a MASTERPIECE compared to the crap on this page!

jercle
jercle
4 months ago

I long for the day when RTÉ realises that Louis Walsh knows nothing about winning modern-day Eurovision and keeps him away from the Irish section. Being Johnny Logan’s manager when he won in 1987 and Linda Martin’s when she won in 1992 does not make you a 21st century Eurovision expert.

Watch as RTÉ fills the expert panel with acts linked to him.

Leo M
Leo M
4 months ago

Pls not another boyband with a generic song, hopefully the public have learned their lesson

Of the 6 songs I’m rooting for Banbury Thug or Ailsha, rather take a risk then play safe

Ulla Rajala
Ulla Rajala
4 months ago

It is pleasant and melodic. Unlike Go Tobann that seems to be the favourite. I can relate to parts of Doomsday Blues but parts of it sound noice to me and I wonder how that and Go Tobann sound live. That will be the key.

Yuarith
Yuarith
4 months ago

It’s okay, but it’s the kind of song Ireland usually sends

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago

Remind me how the result is decided?

Two thirds juries, one third televote… right? Hopefully the two juries are made up of people who know a little about what will gain traction and do well.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Wait…TWO THIRDS?

Oh no…

Zisk
Zisk
4 months ago

This is just so milquetoast I could see it winning the NF despite the fact nobody actually wants it to that cares about Eurovision and isn’t out of touch with ‘oh a radio friendly pop song will win!’

Darren
Darren
4 months ago

Ireland should send them if we want to repeat last years result.
I mean not bad, but it’s just page one of the Louis Walsh “how to make a boyband” guidebook. Won’t do well in Eurovision but they may have success elsewhere.

Now we’ve had them all, it’s Bambi for me.

Tipi Tii
Tipi Tii
4 months ago

Not original but pleasant . This reminds me of Ireland’s last year’s entry. It’s something that will appeal to the public voting at home. They, the five gentlemen, will certainly be catching the eyes of young voters.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago

Why such an intense love for somebody just because of what they wear? It is not “love”, it is just temporary teenage infatuation. Maybe that’s the point.

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
4 months ago

Hardly exciting stuff but there are parts of the song which sounds OK. They don’t really sound as great singers, especially in the chorus. It’s not terrible, just not very special. If they can pull off a charming performance, I would not rule this out.

Orla o’reilly
Orla o’reilly
4 months ago

So they had over 300 entries and this is the final 6 ? Two songs are 2 mins 20 seconds long and the last one showcases louis Walsh’s latest boy band – now you know why Ireland flops at eurovision because RTE is corrupt to the core – these songs are all absolute crap

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago

The other 294 must have been from Daniel O’Donnell

esc kaos
esc kaos
4 months ago

this is the kind of songs that Ireland used to send esc

Zanoni
Zanoni
4 months ago

Off-topic: “Tudorel” is on Spotify now.

There’s a trap remix.

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
4 months ago

Off topic, but does anyone know what happened to Leona Daly, from Eurosong 2008? Of course she should have gone to Belgrade instead of that bloody turkey, but I was really hoping she would try again, ideally internally pick the next year. I know it’s been sixteen years, but I can’t find any more information about her since then. She was very talented!

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

And she would have made the final

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
4 months ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

She’s had some serious medical issues- brain illness leading to a coma and loss of memory. She appears to be in good health these days.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago

After evaluating the songs together again, I know which one will give Ireland the best result.

GO TOBANN!!

Paul
Paul
4 months ago

Yawn

Héctor
Héctor
4 months ago

I’m afraid this one is winning.

It sounds okey, their voices are interesting and the song itself while no being outstanding or original is rather uplifting. Though, tbh, having “Go tabann” and “Doomsday Blue” I would go for one of those two that would be completely new and original in Eurovision.

Lauren MIA
Lauren MIA
4 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

I have the same worry. The song isn’t bad at all, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table and I want Ireland to pick something riskier. Either Go tabann ot Doomsday Blue.

Polegend Godnova
4 months ago

i don’t know a music manager more detached from the current state of the industry than louis walsh

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
4 months ago

Ok for the last one Ireland is back to their habits. I don’t know if it would be the best choice for Ireland as they have already sent last year a band in the same vibe but why not after all, I’m not Irish and if at the end they choose this band they must have their own good reasons and I will respect their choice.
The guys seem really competent so let’s see their live performance.
Good luck to them and good luck Ireland, make the best choice for you.

sparkling points
sparkling points
4 months ago

Musicallty I think this is better than most of boyband/stadium anthems I’ve heard Eurovision-related. I *really* liked parts of it.
“Love Like Us” may well be my fave from Ireland 2024!!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago

CLASSIC Ireland. With a revamp it could be better. I reckon the Irish public might end up sending them after seeing them live.

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago

This has NQ written all over it I’m afraid. But I’m sure they are all lovely boys. Not a million miles different from Mild Unyouth but hopefully without the arrogance.

Orla o’reilly
Orla o’reilly
4 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

You are right but it is no 6 and it’s there for a reason so it qualifies and is sent to flop
lol

Ari
Ari
4 months ago

This is only worth sending for the nuclear meltdown on here, other than that it’s utter garbage. And Louis Walsh is extremely creepy.

Ari
Ari
4 months ago
Reply to  Ari

also, is “next in line” ironic because it’s so fitting for the product and the line will keep moving fast.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago
Reply to  Ari

How is Walsh creepy?

Paul
Paul
4 months ago

Most of Ireland is expecting some #metwo stuff and no one will be surprised

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Why expect that? Seems more than a little unfair to just throw that out there without anything to back it up. If that’s the case, why would the public broadcaster give him a chance like this, and trust him with five impressionable young men? I can’t remember any details, but I know there was some legal case where he fought against such unfounded accusations. Which he won, and spoke out about how much trauma and hurt the lies caused him. I think we should be careful when throwing people’s lives under the bus. I think the same happened with Cliff… Read more »

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
4 months ago

He was caught on live TV feeling up Mel B’s rear end, to her disapproval

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

Not in a s exual way, though because he is gay?

Lauren MIA
Lauren MIA
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Doesn’t make it ok.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Lauren MIA

You are right, of course it is not. I just think the intent is important.

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
4 months ago

It’s better than I expected. It is better than the Brendan Murray song as Louis Walsh entries go but not this year. We need to go down a different path- Bambie or Ailisha.

They will get fans from this and I can see this song charting but not for Ireland this time around.

LeSerg
LeSerg
4 months ago
Reply to  MaxESC23

Maybe Ailsha but please not the demonic Bambie

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago
Reply to  LeSerg

Based!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
4 months ago

Omg yassssss, chart topping boyband next in line ?

Irish one direction

jercle
jercle
4 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Erm, they’ve not topped any charts? In fact, they’ve never even made the charts in Ireland.