EUROSONG boss Michael Kealy has said that Eurovision has become “harder” to do well, in recent years when the first picks for Irish song selections were released today. now.
The CEO of Eurosong – which will see six tunes battle it out in a public vote and the jury on the Late Late Show on February 4 – opened up about why they chose This way to choose songs that will represent Ireland back.
He hopes it will increase Ireland’s chances of winning this year after failing to make it past last year’s finals with Lesley Roy’s Map.
He said: “It’s like football coming home. It’s coming back with The Late Late Show.
“It’s been a long time since we held a Eurosong. 2015 or 2016 was the last time I think we held a Eurosong.
“There will be a national jury, an international jury and a public vote.
“National jury, everyone will obviously be familiar.
“The international jury is an innovation just because it’s an international competition it’s worth hearing what people in other European countries think of our entry.
“It’s something that not many countries abroad can do. It’s something I think we’ll try.”
Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio 1 this morning, Michael also explained why Ireland might not get the way they used to in the competition.
“To set the record, I suppose we haven’t done anything great in the last couple of years, that’s true,” he said.
“But if you go on it for the last time, say 11 years, we’ve hit the standard maybe five times in 11 years, which is something that represents an average country.
The rules changed around the late ’90s and that sort of thing dropped slightly against us really because they put out the semi-finals, so they got everyone qualified for the finals.
“In short, there was an automatic finalist, everyone could sing in English before only two or three countries were allowed to sing in English.
“So the rules have changed. In a way, it’s a completely different competition from the one we won in the ’90s.
“It has become more difficult, no doubt.
“But I think every year we go with what we hope will be the best shot.”
‘VERY GOOD SONG’
Tubridy had her first play I’m Loving Me performed by Rachel Goode and Real Love performed by Brendan Murray on the show this morning.
Michael is upbeat about Ireland’s chances in competition with any selection entries.
He said: “I think we had six very, very good songs.
“I am very pleased with the choice we have and I would be pleased with any of them – whoever is chosen by the public and the jury to go to Italy in May, I would be very happy. .”
https://www.thesun.ie/tvandshowbiz/8220342/eurosong-michael-kealy-eurovision-tougher-choices/ Eurosong boss Michael Kealy says Eurovision has become ‘tougher’ when two song selections are released