Picture credit: Sarah Louise Bennett (EBU)

Eurosong 2024 — Ireland’s national selection for Eurovision — has turned it up a notch this year. And on January 26th, during the Late Late Show Eurosong Special, we’ll finally get a chance to hear the six finalists perform their songs live.

So far we’ve only heard studio cuts, which can be really misleading. But based on the radio versions, who do you think has what it takes to get Ireland back to the Eurovision final?

Vote in our poll to let us know. You can vote for as many acts as you’d like, but you can only vote ONE time. Keep scrolling if you want to review the entries again.

Who should win Ireland’s Eurosong 2024?

Ireland’s Eurosong 2024 entries

Ireland’s six finalists are…

Ailsha -“Go Tobann”

Bambie Thug – “Doomsday Blue”

Erica-Cody – “Love Me like I Do”

Isabella Kearney – “Let Me Be the Fire”

JyellowL feat. Toshín – “Judas”

Next in Line – “Love like Us”

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oran
oran
2 months ago

Bro, the boyband are on every low budget talkshow in Ireland…HELP. Probably worried about that televote ig….

Ieva
Ieva
2 months ago

What is happening?? A strong Irish selection?? Minus the boyband, sorry. Bambie Thug and Ailsha are my favourites in that order.

lasse braun
lasse braun
2 months ago

ireland has this year,surprise surprise 2 good songs at the start – the 2 leading songs in the poll but they have also rejected and i have no idea why this mystic song – pure true irish music pearl. 🙂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=562JhkoPesU

Dave F
Dave F
2 months ago

Bambi Thug for me, wasn’t sure, but after a few listens really grown on me & I think the staging will be visually stunning. I think the main issue may be people who only tune in for the final – does it have instant appeal?

Denis
Denis
2 months ago

Taking in the fact that the Late Late studio has limitations on what can be done and the fact the voters on there vote conservatively the boy band is probably winning.
But they are my third favourite so not bad:)

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

We need int jury to tank them so that they don’t stand chance lol

Irish jury is gonna do its thing

Atlas
Atlas
2 months ago

Ireland I am begging you to send Ailsha or Bambie Thug. If you want international support/a chance of qualifying, you have to take a risk and send your interesting songs, not the bland, middle-of-the-road, forgettable songs!

Amigo
Amigo
3 months ago

No golden small size onesies, please!

Rdrd
Rdrd
3 months ago

For me Bambie Thug should win, I think it will appeal to a broader demographic but tbh I think Ireland can be very proud if either Bambie Thug or Ailsha are selected.
I think the likelihood is it will be Erica Cody, she’s by far the most well known in the selection on a national scale and the most seasoned entrant, to be honest I even think her entry is a big step up from what we have previously put in, but I fear she would struggle to get out of the semis.

Orla o’reilly
Orla o’reilly
3 months ago
Reply to  Rdrd

I think Alisha is noisy and not as sophisticated as Doomsday blue which considering war in ukraine and Gaza is fairly appropriate and hard hitting subtle references
if the audience pick boy bands and bland typical Irish bull they deserve to not qualify

Dr Fergal Sherlock
Dr Fergal Sherlock
2 months ago

I agree… Alisha musically is a bit grating, and lyrically says nothing but basic Irish numbers and sayings… So confused about its purpose. Don’t ‘love’ the Bambi Thug track but if you google them and watch/listen to some of there other tracks/videos… I think they’re amazingly talented and quirky/creative. Looking forward, as much as you can with the late late show disaster format, to seeing what they all do live. My favorites last year were awful live so I hope they focus on the song delivery and not trying to ‘stage’ something without a a stage.

Mike Ahern
Mike Ahern
2 months ago

I would say the purpose is to highlight how we all learn Irish for fourteen years but by the time we’re grown up, we’ve forgotten everything except for those basic primary school phrases like “gabh mo leithscéal” and “an bhfuil cead again dul go dtí an leithreas.” She even says that she “has so many things I want to say but I’ve lost my vocabulary.”

The staging will have to go some distance to explain this to non-Irish people though.

Pauly
Pauly
3 months ago

Ailsha’s entry should win. It has the Irish feeling and it’s catchy. It’s memorable and it’s not a safe /bland choice. However, it needs a powerful staging to push the song, and i hope they pull it.

Murphy
Murphy
2 months ago
Reply to  Pauly

I can’t rem it – it’s lyric deprived and only makes sense to Irish people – this wlll not interest other countries despite Irish people thinking it will – major mistake -it has memories of irlande douze point about it to me

Thallo
Thallo
3 months ago

The only artists that have a chance at qualifying are Bambie Thug and Ailsha.

In my opinion, the only artist who can place top 5 in Malmo is Bambie Thug. Bambie Thug has incredible aesthetics, her costumes and makeup are otherwordly. I think Doomsday Blue has the most international appeal too. The song (and Bambie herself) is unique and experimental enough to catch people’s attention, and the jazzy/pop pre-chrous is mainstream enough to lure people in.

Orla o’reilly
Orla o’reilly
3 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

I listed to this a few times on Spotify it’s up there with the best –

Murphy
Murphy
2 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

Spot on – but it won’t be selected

Sometimes
Sometimes
3 months ago

Doomsday Blue is so good

Héctor
Héctor
3 months ago

Either Go Tabann or Doomsday Blue would be the most interesting choice in years for Ireland. Hope they don’t go for the safest option.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
3 months ago

Bambie, Ailsha or Jyellowl if they want to take a risk, Erica, Isabella and Next in Line would be safer choices, Let’s see the performances and the live vocals but so far I would go with Ailsha.

Thallo
Thallo
3 months ago

Erica, Isabella & Next In Line aren’t ”safe choices” they’re simply non-qualification choices.

Orla o’reilly
Orla o’reilly
3 months ago

No one remembers Alisha apart from counting as gaeilge – it has no melody

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago

Hearing all of the songs live might sway the decision for me. I cannot take “Go Tobann” seriously after that radio recording debacle, but the live version could change my mind. “Doomsday Blue” would be a twist; I actually quite like that song. However, it’s Ireland, so it will be the boy band (come on, you know this’ll happen). They’ll probably be dressed in gold, share a giant hot air balloon and be all cute about it. 😀 (By the way, to producers at RTÉ if you’re reading this (as I know some of you do), I’m only kidding. Please… Read more »

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
3 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Listen to Go Tobann on Spotify. I was the same as you after the radio listen- just noise! However the latest release is clearer, less messy and much much better.

It has to be Go Tobann or Doomsday Blues.After seeing Instagram snippets of Bambie’s staging, I think Bambie will wow( even on the LLS stage)

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

Sometimes you have to embrace the chaos and it works here.

Bucket
Bucket
3 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Ireland has not had an option to choose from something more out there, so we do not know what their reaction will be to Go Tobann and Doomsday Blue.

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
3 months ago
Reply to  Bucket

That is a fair point. Go Tobann does have a ceili influence with the tin whistle being prominent so Irish people of all ages will appreciate the Irishness of it. Ireland has a strong pagan/witchy identity with banshees and the like so Bambie will not be that ‘out there’ for a lot of Irish people.

Ria NL
Ria NL
3 months ago

I hope for Erica Cody. I don’t like the other songs.

Polegend Godnova
3 months ago

alisha all the way, ireland needs to send something risky that’s also listenable and this is the choice

Thallo
Thallo
3 months ago

Bambie Thug is risky, she’s probably more risky than Ailsha.

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
3 months ago

Should Ailsha be sent to Malmö, “Go tobann” would be Ireland’s second ESC entry to be sung primarily in Irish/as Gaelige, after “Ceol an Ghrá” by Sandie Jones in 1972. As for the rest of the lineup? Whoever wins Ireland’s 2024 preselection wins fair and square.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago

Doomsday Blue is the song for me. It’s creative, musically-interesting and actually, pretty well-executed in what it is trying to do. Making it into a worthwhile live performance, especially on that national final stage, is going to be a real challenge but hopefully, one that doesn’t derail it completely.

Surprisingly, Ireland does have a second option in Go Tobann, that also actually offers something different and can be something to be excited about. I know it’s the fan favourite, but it’s the second choice to me.

The other four are not remotely worth talking about.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Ireland having more than one option should make it less likely the safer song will win like last year.

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
3 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

?I hope you are right. My worry is that Bambie and Ailsha split votes allowing for one of the others such as Erika to sneak through?

Bucket
Bucket
3 months ago
Reply to  MaxESC23

Let’s hope Bambie and Ailsha will split 70% of the votes, while the other 4 spilts remaining 30%. This way one of them would win

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago
Reply to  MaxESC23

That can only happen if both will flop live, but otherwise not.

Bejba
Bejba
3 months ago

Go Tooban Is The Best Song… But It Won’t Work Live. Can’t Wait To See How It Sounds In Its NF

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Yes i do understand. It is risky so the staging is very keen. The staging would be a make or break point

CD1
CD1
3 months ago

Bambie Thug – ‘Doomsday Blue’ – This for me is the song I believe Ireland should send to Eurovision. It would stand out and be a risk, but I think it is a risk worth taking. Ailsha – ‘Go Tobann’ – Again, this song would be a risk. I would not be sure about qualification. Personally, it feels a bit messy at the moment and would require a revamp. (On a side note… this song is being mispronounced over and over again as if the title was in English but it is not). Isabella Kearney – ‘Let Me Be The… Read more »

Jo.
Jo.
3 months ago

doomsday blue I guess, but not really a fan of any of them

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
3 months ago

Ailsha or Bambie Thug are the best options here, both are a risk worth taking.
The other songs are alright, but kinda sound more of the same and Ireland doesn’t want the same results anymore, do they? I do appreciate that RTÉ is trying to bring a diverse lineup for once, though

LeSerg
LeSerg
3 months ago
Reply to  BiCHOTA

Decide wisely as Doomsday Blues is not gonna get any jury love in Eurosong…I wouldn’t waste my vote on that as the 2 front runners Ailsha and Bambie will cancel each other out nad the winner will be Erica or Next In Line…so be smart and vote for Ailsha she has a spot of getting at least a little bit of Jury Love because of the language

LeSerg
LeSerg
3 months ago
Reply to  LeSerg

And I am saying that although I am not liking both songs I am just thinking what will be the best for Ireland and all the voters should do the same

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
3 months ago

I was really surprised with the Wiwiblogg video on Ireland’s songs- bring back Padraig and Deban! I could not believe that the generic pop entrants were being promoted ahead of the more interesting and original singles by the wiwiblogg team.

Shush
Shush
3 months ago
Reply to  MaxESC23

Same like they were talking about erica cody’s song is modern not generic like what r we listening to the same song? I heard that song like a million times in 2012

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago
Reply to  MaxESC23

They really don’t want Ireland to do well, after so many bad results they still want Ireland to send same bland stuff…

Thallo
Thallo
3 months ago
Reply to  MaxESC23

I agree. I know for a fact that Padraig and Deban would support the unique artists who actually stand a chance of making an impact in Malmo.

Shocked and disappointed that all Wiwibloggers in that video (except William) wanted Ireland to send the most boring acts: the boyband and Erica Cody.

Eve
Eve
3 months ago

I, surprisingly, liked 3 songs out of 6. Those are Bambie Thug, Erica Cody and JyellowL feat. Toshín.
Will be happy with any of those.
Next in Line is an absolute copy of the last year’s act and it was a disaster.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago

Bambie Thug’s song has the best production and the ending is particularly good to me. Can’t wait to see their performance cause it’s gonna be very memorable and visually arresting. The whole witch mood of the song is something I think people would like from Ireland at Eurovision cause it had been part of ancient Celtic folk culture, so playing with that could be good if executed well. The bridge and repetition of blue is also giving Amy Winehouse a bit.

por no estar
por no estar
3 months ago

Doomsday blue is actually a really well done song. I think she can pull it off on stage it could do very well in Eurovision

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  por no estar

Speaking as someone who is half Irish though are people gonna vote for it? Ailsha’s song is instantly catchier and more memorable for me.

Bucket
Bucket
3 months ago

Depends on the audience. If enough genz watches the show and votes, Bambie could win. I don’t know how many genz Eurovision fans are there in Ireland

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago

EASILY Ailsha. With some small changes, the song extended and great staging and live visuals I can see this qualifying and making an impact in Malmo. Bambie Thug is the other one people like for being different and whilst it stands out, it does so in a worse way for me because I struggle to see people voting for it either in Ireland or at Eurovision. Great to see the LLS format experimenting with different genres and styles though. I have a feeling something generic again will be sent due to the demographic that watches the LLS and the normally… Read more »

Leo M
Leo M
3 months ago

Alisha or Bambie Thug, my personal preference is Ailsha, but either is a risk worth taking. Can’t play safe if we want to qualify, take a risk and go out with a bang

Darren
Darren
3 months ago

Bambie Thig for me.

With the exception of Next in Line, I must say that RTÉ has surprised me this year, it’s a very good mix of genres, each act bringing something and the songs are strong.
Very good NF selection just wish it wasn’t on the Late Late Show. Would rather just a live selection on a bigger stage like the helix but alas.

12 points to Bambie

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I agree. I’m quite happy with what we’ve got. FOR NOW. The live show itself will, in all likelihood, change my opinions but I hope to have the same two favourites that I currently have because I think they have the most potential to do well at Eurovision. Nobody wants a standalone national final more than I do, and ten years ago I went out of my way to come up with what was essentially a Melfest ripoff under the working name, “Éirevision” (Conor and Louise can use it for their podcast, but I do recommend you check it out… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

At this point, I’m really happy for you, Darren! In all my time here, Ireland have never really given you any genuine cause for optimism and I was wondering whether they would ever manage to do that in my lifetime!
Wishing you guys the best with making this decision. It would be great if Ireland brought us Doomsday Blue this year!

Darren
Darren
3 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Im cautiously optimistic but we’ll see what happens.
The boyband could easily get it and then I’m back to my usual lamenting again

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Irish fans are definitely feeling depressed and downtrodden and it does feel like nothing is ever going to change for us. What makes it worse is that any time you try to make a very good and rational point to someone about why we haven’t been doing well lately, they’ll try and shout you down and say that it’s all politics and what not because they’re anti-intellectual and they think they’re right. The complete lack of urgency from our national broadcaster has only made our problems even more acute, too. That being said, I am not blaming our HoD. He… Read more »

Dominic
Dominic
3 months ago

Alisha is my absolute favorite, but Bambie Thug is also really good. If Ireland wants to do well, it has to be one of them. In any case, good luck to Ireland.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Dominic

What about the song resonates with you? The subject is usage of the Irish language and common phrases taught in class… can that resonate outside of Ireland? I

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

Yes if the story is told. You have to tell the story of your song for everyone to resonate with it.

Zanoni
Zanoni
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

It could potentially resonate with anyone who feels as though their culture is being corrupted.

sparkling points
sparkling points
3 months ago

I think the boyband song is bound to reach a better result for Ireland than any other entry in Ireland’s selection.

  • five lads singing their hearts out with good live vocals hopefully
  • pleasant, harmonious sound with a throwback effect = feelgood song
  • effective graphics on stage hopefully
  • nostagia for the golden years of Ireland now with Sweden on almost equal footing (two backtoback cannot be achieved anymore at least theoretically) = more votes = qualification seems more certain than before.

A few days in, I still enjoy listening to “Love like Us”.

Ari
Ari
3 months ago

Of course back to back can be achieved. Easily. And nostalgia is not going to win them anything. What nostalgia anyway? The Irish golden years had a little bit of substance. This has none.

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
3 months ago

1998 has sadly gone. Whoever wins between Bambi and Alisha then Ireland is in good hands and top 8 material.
If the boy band wins then Ireland really need to move forward

LeSerg
LeSerg
3 months ago

It’s better than We Are One but it’s not gonna do extraordinary good as you expect but a qualification is possible if the staging and vocals are there

Eve
Eve
3 months ago

You forgot to mention golden suit….. lol

Bucket
Bucket
3 months ago

when has an assembled boyband ever did well in Eurovision? they are way too manufactured to score well.
Looking at boybands that qualified, most recently Joker Out, their sound was more alternative and they formed the band themselves, so it is more genuine and authentic, which is needed in Eurovision. Love Like Us would only qualify if the semi is weak enough

Nils
Nils
3 months ago

I’m all in for Bambie Thug.

Matt
Matt
3 months ago

I don’t want to be too defeatist about this, but everyone hoping Alisha or Bambie Thug win and to have something artistically different, it will rely on *RTE* to be able to stage that. And I mean a lot of Ireland’s stagings are dreadful.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Matt

For me, it would rely on the act actually having an artistic vision and the confidence to actually make it happen.

Bucket
Bucket
3 months ago
Reply to  Matt

I think Bambie would push really hard to get the staging in the direction they want it. They have their visual identity and they know what they are doing

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
3 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Yeah father ted was a flop in 96 for staging

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

“Guess you’d rather have a star than the moon”

I love this lyric. Extrovert or introvert? Happy or sad? Barbie or Wednesday Addams?

I can relate.

Ari
Ari
3 months ago

Low bar but still positive: whoever wins WILL almost certainly be less embarrassing for Ireland than their predecessor.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
3 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Bambie has potential to win ESC, that look is just AWESOME, that look also seems like it is straight from the power rangers universe, one of the villains or that one magician monster in yu gi oh

Ari
Ari
3 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Watch them choose the Louis Walsh act who is going to win Ireland a very nice double digit place in semi final 1 or 2.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
3 months ago
Reply to  Ari

i still dislike Louis for what he did to Brendan in 2017, with that song and staging

Next in Line’s song is less catchy than We Are One

Ari
Ari
3 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

I still listen to Dying To Try lol but that terrible staging was way too black for that vanilla song.

Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago
Reply to  Ari

I assume you don’t mean number 10

Ari
Ari
3 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

Too soon to be totally sure ofc but if the semi is halfway solid, I definitely don’t mean number 10.

LeSerg
LeSerg
3 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Winning Eurovision????
None of the songs is winning for Ireland it’s impossible and Bambie will even struggle to qualify if selected let’s not be delusional

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Ari

“We might be different, we might be unique, I might be a leader, you might be a freak…”

Bambie is a genuine specimen of this sentiment, not something off the corporate conveyor belt. Freak Power!

Ari
Ari
3 months ago

I don’t care because I’m not into any of these but I will be following the NF because I’m curious how this one will go down in so many ways and I shall be looking forward to the comments section afterwards.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
3 months ago

no brainer here, either Bambie Thug or Ailsha

these worldclass mainstream bops

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
3 months ago

Bambie Thug or Ailsha. Please not the boy band !

Zanoni
Zanoni
3 months ago

Whichever of Ailsha or Bambie Thug is the better live performer.

Noam600
Noam600
3 months ago

Ireland NULL points.. another NQ

Darren
Darren
3 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

Ireland really bothers you huh?
You post a negative “comment” if I can even call it that on every article associated to them. You’re annoyed at possibly the most inoffensive country in the world just because we don’t support the slaughter that your country carries out.

Girl you need a Xanax and possibly a life.

Lunairetic707
Lunairetic707
3 months ago

I want Bambie Thug, but their artistry would be too much for ESC I think. Then, we have Ailsha: perfect combination for a (chaotic) daring entry. Maybe Go Tobann is the best option by far, but in my heart I prefer Bambie a little more.

I don’t believe any of the rest have chances to qualify. Although Isabella has a solid pop song I like.

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
3 months ago

I love a wacky hypothetical question! So here’s one- if Next in Line stepped into a time warp, and we’re chosen to represent Ireland in 2001 (instead of Gary O’Shaughnessy), how would they have fared in Copenhagen? Would they come top five and go on to become mega-celebrities?

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
3 months ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

Also, I quite enjoy Judas, but I’m not sure how it would fare in Malmö. If it was slick, well-staged and we’ll performed, it may stand out and get some cheers from the crowd (like how Malik Harris’ rap part did), and contrast with the rest of the line up- or it’ll be forgotten….

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

Probably not, but you never know. Westlife and Boyzone, Mr. Walsh’s other boy bands had at least one standout vocalist to make them shine. These guys are good, but none of them really stand out.

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Let’s remember, Boyzone’s first appearance on The Late Late Show was awful

Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

Dickie Rock’s son (Ireland 1966) was one of the original members

Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Oh you mean Nicky Byrne and Shane Lynch?

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

The creative force that is Bambie Thug. An artist on all fronts… vocals, substance, image.

LeSerg
LeSerg
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

She is not a good vocalist tho

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  LeSerg

Yeah she is. Good vocals are not just about belting out the high notes to make the audience applaud, like on American Idol.

Ari
Ari
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

The best thing about Eurovision is that it’s not Idol. Not yet. Hopefully never.

Shush
Shush
3 months ago

Alisha is the only option. With a little polishing it can go far in the Eurovision final

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Shush

Agreed!