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Tuesday, 23 October 2012 00:23

Ireland: RTÉ Reveals Selection Details

In recent years, Ireland has managed to maintain that reputation as a solid force in the Eurovision Song Contest with RTÉ carefully planning their respective strategy in order to attract high profile acts with a number of potent hit tracks and in fact, the people who did come forward were none other than the duo Jedward who not only represented the country in 2011 with the track Lipstick but ultimately returned in the year 2012 with the song Waterline. There has been a lot of interest in the competition locally due to the fact that the brotherly duo are somewhat well known with the younger audiences and with their reputation still intact, they denied to say whether they would rule out a possible third participation but not for the time being. In the meantime though, RTÉ revealed to our friends at esctoday.com that they will be staying true to the mentor system used in the past two years for 2013 hoping that another brilliant entry come forward.

There are a lot of names which are being touted as potential members within the mentors first and foremost with a former winner also somewhat in the mix according to the latest information. The favourite to take such a position following Linda Martin last year is surely her successor in the vein of Niamh Kavanagh who of course was the first one to take Ireland into the final since Brian Kennedy in 2006 when she represented the nation in 2010 with the song It's For You. A number of other people from the entertainment industry will surely be involved in one way or another but nevertheless, several questions are being asked about who will ultimately be performing in the national selection with the hope of representing Ireland. Amongst the people being mentioned are the backing vocalists for Jedward in the last Eurovision Song Contest, those being Leanne Moore and Melanie McCabe who have taken part in You're A Star and The X Factor respectively. Also being mentioned is none other than former runner-up Nikki Kavanagh. The names will be revealed in due course. The final taking place on The Late Late Show will be aired on the 22nd February 2013. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news soon as it becomes available.

Source: RTÉ, esctoday.com


Following a long period of time in which Radio International was broadcast albeit having been pre-recorded, things officially changed their status last week as Juergen Boernig and the rest of his team announced that the live version of the programme is once more in session as Autumn bids hello in terms of seasonal change with summer going away for yet another year. In the first week back, the team was somewhat fully cracking and brimming with news even bringing about an interview with former Eurovision Song Contest winner; Katrina whose entry Love Shine a Light remains one of the most iconic songs to win the competition. This evening, tune on to 106.4FM and Digital Cable 41 in The Netherlands whilst visiting the official website as the show will be broadcast through a video and an audio feed as from 20:00 till around 23:00 CET. It will be quite the programme including yet another former winner of the prestigious European event, this being none other than Niamh Kavanagh.

It has to be noted that Niamh Kavanagh went to the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, the first time coming in 1993 with the song In Your Eyes which was very much well appreciated and managed to beat the favourite Sonia and her song The Better the Devil You Know in second place and also in 2010 with the beautiful ballad It's For You which managed to get Ireland out of the semi-final for the very first time since 2006 when Brian Kennedy had done the honours but when there, it seems that the result could not improve and Niamh could only managed a languishing position near the bottom of the board. Of course, the interview is the highlight of the show but definitely not the only thing that will be discussed especially noting the fact that Niamh was only one of the the six winners for Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest with the western nation still holding the most record of wins in the prestigious event.


Sweden have had quite the history in the Eurovision Song Contest, having only failed to make it through to the final only once, that coming in 2010 when Anna Bergendahl had performed the track This Is My Life finishing in eleventh place. The Scandinavian country won the competition five times kicking off with ABBA's Waterloo in 1974, followed by The Herreys ten years later in 1984 with Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley. Then with Carola in 1991 when she won with Fangad Av En Stormvind before more success continued in 1999 as Charlotte took the honours with Take Me To Your Heaven and of course most recently in 2012 noting the Loreen victory with Euphoria. Apart from these successes, Sweden has managed to finish in the top ten on a large number of occasions becoming one of the most notable nations when it comes to the event.


One final point of note is surely the Home Composed Song Contest whose deadline will be officially coming to a close. Malta has been a past participant in the competition and has also achieved positive results so we are hoping that someone from the land of talented performers sends in their entry to the following This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This years' competition is being run by Samuel Bugia Garrido who is known for writing the music to the song Still Waiting by Anna Azzopardi last year. During the next couple of weeks, competing entries will also be receiving exposure on Radio International so there is definitely nothing to lose with regards to this proposal. In the meantime, do not forget that a roundup of news is brought to you by Luke Fisher from escXtra whilst we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com which also offers insight to all of the latest news from the Eurovision Song Contest and also the Maltese music scene.
Source: Team of Radio International