Here’s one nation that needs no introduction in Eurovision terms, but I will go ahead. Ireland are the most successful nation in Eurovision. With seven wins to their name, their dominance of the contest was cemented in the 90s with an incredible run of four wins in five years.
In recent years, things haven’t been quite as rosy, with three of their eight attempts to get through the semi-finals ending in disaster. It’s been a tough truth for the Irish to bear, given their track record. They unexpectedly found redemption in Dusseldorf at the hands of hyperactive twins Jedward, whose 8th place finish in 2011 saw them selected for Baku. They may have only finished 19th there, but their imprint on the consciousness of Eurovision viewers was bigger than anyone expected.
Despite some in-fighting between panel member Linda Martin and one of the finalist’s mentors, the national final “Eurosong” event selected Can-Linn and former Wonderland member Kasey Smith to represent Ireland in Copenhagen.
It’s a decent track – perhaps it’s not got much of a unique selling point. The Irish drums are there over a throbbing dance beat, even a few penny whistles for some Celtic colour. I sort of like it, but a performance is really what I need for this to make sense as a selection.
Eurosong isn’t the best venue for impressive performances, and last year’s entry “Only love survives” didn’t impress me much there – when the video came out though, it made a lot more sense and gave a good feel for the potential the song had to fill a stadium.
So the jury’s still out for me, if they can’t put more into a performance than a decent voice and and alright song, I fear the Emerald Isle might get stuck in the semis this year. Step it up!
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