Ireland: RTÉ Confirm Participation for 2013Written by Elaine Camilleri
RTÉ, the Irish broadcaster, has confirmed its participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Sweden. With Ireland, the full list of confirmed participants has risen to thirteen (13 - Albania, Austria, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden (the host country) and Switzerland).
Julian Vignoles, Assistant Commissioning editor for factual programmes at RTÉ, confirmed that there will a ‘potential change of approach’ to the Eurovision Song Contest, and this, shall be discussed in the coming few weeks. Perhaps Ireland will try to comeback with a bang in the coming contest and perhaps, with a more ‘professional’ artist, namely MARY BYRNE. Mary Byrne (born 3 November 1959) is an Irish singer-songwriter from Ballyfermot, Dublin. She rose to fame in 2010 after becoming a finalist on the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010. Following her elimination in the live semi-final, she signed a record deal with Sony Music Ireland. Byrne and her fellow The X Factor finalists gained a number-one single on the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart after releasing "Heroes" a cover of David Bowie, in aid for Help for Heroes. Her debut single, "I Just Call You Mine" was released on 4 March 2011. Mine & Yours, Byrne's debut album was released 28 March 2011 in the UK.
The album was produced by hit-maker Nigel Wright. In June 2011, Byrne was asked to perform at a special gala performance in Dublin to mark Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the Republic of Ireland. She was also Neil Diamond's special guest at the Aviva Stadium, where she performed in front of 55,000 people. August 2011 saw Byrne appear in GREASE: The Musical at the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin. She began work on an autobiography, This Is My Life, and was released on 21 October 2011 in the UK and Ireland. Mary decided to leave Sony Music as she accepted a new record deal offer with Decca Music and Universal Music, who are confident they can 'get her music career up and off the ground'. She has produced her second album, called “...with Love”. After this ‘huge’ success, she may be Ireland’s lucky charm for the next contest, but obviously, competition is big and no one can really predict what will be the eventual outcome result.
Vignoles added that Jedward not winning the contest was a slight relief for RTÉ. If Ireland had won the contest, they would’ve had to host in 2013. Vignoles said that would’ve been a ‘headache’, but also a ‘privilege’. One of the issues with hosting would’ve been finding a venue, as Ireland has a lack of indoor arenas as big as the Baku Crystal Hall or the Düsseldorf Esprit Arena. Jedward finished in a ‘quite disappointing’ 19th position with their song Waterline in Baku. They ‘made a hit’ in Baku and during Eurovision parties and conferences, but that was not enough to at least finish at last year’s 11th position in the final night, after making it through quite an ‘easy’ semifinal. Many infact, insisted that the twins’ song last year, had a better ‘feel’. Nevertheless, Jedward will surely not be given a ‘3rd chance’, since chances are that they will either do worst, or stick once again to this position, and let’s face it, we’ve had enough of the blonde Irish twins! ;)
Source: escXtra, RTÉ