Ireland has been one of the strongest countries in all ESC, but hasn’t recently matched their huge success of the 1990s, when they won the whole contest three years in a row.
This year they do have a pretty strong group of entries to choose from including one by young Eurovision superfan/composer Jonas Gladnikoff. He collaborated on two former Irish entries that went on to Eurovision, including Black Daisy’s “Et Cetera” and Niamh Kavanagh’s strong ballad “It’s for You”. Here are the five for your listening pleasure:
Can-linn featuring Kasey Smith (This is Jonas’ song, considered to be the strongest of the five)
I think teenybopper Eoghan Quigg and Can-Linn featuring Kasey Smith have the advantage, but good luck to all five and we’ll see who Ireland chooses.
National final will take place on February 28th and the audience can vote for their favorites. Scoring will include televoting and regional juries.