It’s the start of a super Eurovision weekend when by Sunday, we’ll have six more songs chosen for Vienna.  But to kick things off, tonight see’s Ireland pick their representative in The Late Late Show: Eurosong Special.

Five acts will perform their songs live with the winner decided by a 50/50 split combination of televoting and regional juries.

The show starts at 22:35 CET and can be seen on RTÉ One or worldwide online through RTÉ Player.    Follow our live blog of the show below!

 

 


Danny Ni
February 28, 201512:51 am

Molly ends the show with a reprise of her winning song. Thank you for reading our live report tonight!


Danny Ni
February 28, 201512:46 am

Here are the full results from tonights show:


Danny Ni
February 28, 201512:46 am

Here are the full results from tonights show:


Danny Ni
February 28, 201512:46 am

Here are the full results from tonights show:


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201512:45 am

Here are the results in full:


Danny Ni
February 28, 201512:45 am

Molly Sterling wins the National Final with “Playing with Numbers” receiving a total of 104 pts!


Danny Ni
February 28, 201512:43 am

Playing With Numbers gets 12 pts from Sligo


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201512:43 am

The top two are tied on 40 points a piece, with just one jury remaining.


Danny Ni
February 28, 201512:43 am

Limerick give 12 pts to Song 5 – Playing With Numbers


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201512:42 am

Anybody Got a Shoulder leads Break Me Up by 4 points so far.


Danny Ni
February 28, 201512:41 am

Dublin give 12 pts to Song 2 – Anybody Got A Shoulder


Danny Ni
February 28, 201512:41 am

Cork give 12 pts to Song 3 – Break Me Up


Danny Ni
February 28, 201512:40 am

Galway give 12 pts to Song 2 – Anybody Got A Shoulder


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201512:37 am

If you’re wondering what has happened, we just had ten more minutes of karaoke. We really are now very close to the results… hold tight!


Danny Ni
February 28, 201512:25 am

To begin, the regional juries will cast their votes in true Eurovision style – 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12


Danny Ni
February 28, 201512:24 am

So it looks like its time for results!


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201512:08 am

We’re seeing a Sing to Win Eurovision Karaoke competition of sorts… this requires vodka guys, just a warning.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:59 pm

Lines are now open for those in Ireland to vote.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 201511:49 pm

The vocals were very competent in a lovely flowing piano ballad. Juries would go for this, I’d think. I mean… it didn’t stand out to me as much as the previous two. It kinda didn’t go anywhere in the end.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:47 pm

05. Molly Sterling – Playing With Numbers

Molly is the youngest of tonight’s hopefuls and her song “Playing With Numbers” is considered as an underdog to win tonight. Molly actually plays the Piano herself which no doubt will score her some points. The song itself is a slow ballad and Molly is definitely doing it justice. Her vocals are on point, there’s pretty much nothing to criticise here. For me, this is the performance of the night and one that I feel will sail Ireland back to the final.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:43 pm

Time for the final song of the night, Molly Sterling with “Playing With Numbers”


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 201511:42 pm

Timoteij just got quizzed in the greenroom on all things Irish… needless to say, it didn’t go well.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 201511:40 pm

The chorus is absolutely what sells that song. The verse seemed a bit neither here nor there tonight, perhaps the vocals were being held back purely for the big notes in the chorus. The jurors aren’t too keen on it; perhaps it’s too “same old” for Eurovision and it isn’t particularly “catchy” they say. Screechy and scraping are two adjectives used to describe the top notes. Linda suggests it needs to be pulled down a semitone if it won. Linda and Phil think it’s missing a melody, a hook.

Interesting to see where that ends up given Nikki’s previous record.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:39 pm

04. Nikki Kavanagh – Memories

No stranger to Eurosong, Nikki returns to the stage after a three year absense and is the bookies favourite with her ballad “Memories”. Nikki is dressed in black and joined by a band and two female backing singers, dressed in grey.

The song itself is perfect Eurovision material with a build up in its verses, big chorus and a key change to end things off. Nikki delivers confidently with crystal clear vocals and certainly not holding anything back. A bit of a croacky final chorus but I doubt it will affect the votes too much. This will definitely be up there.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:39 pm

04. Nikki Kavanagh – Memories

No stranger to Eurosong, Nikki returns to the stage after a three year absense and is the bookies favourite with her ballad “Memories”. Nikki is dressed in black and joined by a band and two female backing singers, dressed in grey.

The song itself is perfect Eurovision material with a build up in its verses, big chorus and a key change to end things off. Nikki delivers confidently with crystal clear vocals and certainly not holding anything back. A bit of a croacky final chorus but I doubt it will affect the votes too much. This will definitely be up there.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:38 pm

04. Nikki Kavanagh – Memories

No stranger to Eurosong, Nikki returns to the stage after a three year absense and is the bookies favourite with her ballad “Memories”. Nikki is dressed in black and joined by a band and two female backing singers, dressed in grey.

The song itself is perfect Eurovision material with a build up in its verses, big chorus and a key change to end things off. Nikki delivers confidently with crystal clear vocals and certainly not holding anything back. A bit of a croacky final chorus but I doubt it would affect the votes too much. This will definitely be up there.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:38 pm

04. Nikki Kavanagh – Memories

No stranger to Eurosong, Nikki returns to the stage after a three year absense and is the bookies favourite with her ballad “Memories”. Nikki is dressed in black and joined by a band and two female backing singers, dressed in grey.

The song itself is perfect Eurovision material with a build up in its verses, big chorus and a key change to end things off. Nikki delivers confidently with crystal clear vocals and certainly not holding anything back. This will definitely be up there.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:33 pm

The bookies favourite, Nikki Kavanagh is next up to perform. She is being interviewed by Ryan and explains that she is no stranger to Eurosong, having placed 2nd in 2011 with “Falling”.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:32 pm

Another look at Ireland’s Eurovision past now and this time its Johnny Logan with “What’s Another Year?”


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:29 pm

03. Erika Selin – Break Me Up

Possibly the first mainstream track of the night and you could say, the first that would appeal to a wide audience. Erika is wearinga gold dress and performs alongside four backing singers playing guitars (three of which are familar to many as Swedish girlband Timoteij). She performs the song well, no issues hitting those big notes. She works the camera well which is a big plus. The last chorus is a little shaky but not a big problem. A contender!


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 201511:28 pm

I quite enjoyed the visual performance of that as well as the tune itself. Timoteij did an excellent job with the backing vocals too. The power she gains on the long notes is pretty unexpected from such a little lady! Quite an ominous element is that the audience loved it, very Eurovision they say.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:28 pm

03. Erika Selin – Break Me Up

Possibly the first mainstream track of the night and you could say, the first that would appeal to a wide audience. Erika is wearinga gold dress and performs alongside four backing singers playing guitars (three of which are familar to many as Swedish girlband Timoteij). She performs the song well, no issues hitting those big notes. She works the camera well which is a big plus. The last chorus is a little shaky but not a big problem. A contender!


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:28 pm

03. Erika Selin – Break Me Up

Possibly the first mainstream track of the night and you could say, the first that would appeal to a wide audience. Erika is wearinga gold dress and performs alongside four backing singers playing guitars (three of which are familar to many as Swedish girlband Timoteij). She performs the song well, no issues hitting those big notes. She works the camera well which also comes across well. The last chorus is a little shaky but not a big problem. A contender!


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:22 pm

After a game of Eurovision Mastermind and a commercial break, we’re back in the studio for the third song.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 201511:19 pm

On your bingo cards, we’ve just had “Johnny Logan”, “Jedward”, “seven times” and “Modern pop song” come up in the MasterEurovisionMind game show they played before we headed to an adbreak… they’re really rewarding us Eurosong Bingo players tonight!


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 201511:08 pm

I’m really not going to pull any punches here. That was really dull and it won’t even qualify if selected, in my opinion. One juror makes reference to Ed Sheeran being hugely popular for a similar style of music. This is not similar because Ed Sheeran sells millions, this wouldn’t.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:06 pm

02. Kat Mohan – Anybody Got A Shoulder

Quite a nice start to this with a band playing bass, piano and violin. Kat is dressed elegantly in a green & black dress. The song itself is a simple one, with everything staying at a steady pace – no big chorus or keychange here. Its very welcoming though and really suits Kat’s soft, soothing voice. I think this could actually appeal to a lot of people and will pull in some votes, especially from the juries.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:03 pm

The panel seemed to echo with a lot of our thoughts here and rightly pointed out that the UK tried the rap route in 2006 and finished at the bottom of the scoreboard.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:01 pm

01. Alex Saint & The MJs – She’s So Fine

Kicking off with Alex Saint & The MJs. This one has a blend of 50s stroke rap and I personally find that the two do not fit so well.

The lead singer is dressed in white shirt and tie and is joined on stage by four female backing vocals and a dancer, all dressed in black. I personally don’t see why the dancer was required for this, she feels out of place and her routine really doesn’t fit with the song.

I can’t see this one going very far.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 201511:01 pm

It’s a probably a good time for me to say good evening to Europe, I’ll be offering short snippets of opinion throughout, alongside Dan’s lead! If you haven’t got yourself a Eurosong Bingo card yet… you can find it here and we have definitely already cleared three of the squares tonight!


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 201511:01 pm

I have to agree with Danny, the rap doesn’t stand out with the chorus at all. It sounds like a mix-up, badly. It was in tune though.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201511:00 pm

01. Alex Saint & The MJs – She’s So Fine

Kicking off with Alex Saint & The MJs. This one has a blend of 50s stroke rap and I personally find that the two do not fit so well.

The lead singer is dressed in white shirt and tie and is joined on stage by four female backing vocals and a dancer, all dressed in black. I personally don’t see why the dancer was required for this, she feels out of place and her routine really doesn’t fit with the song.

I can’t see this one going very far.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201510:57 pm

Ryan is joined on the panel tonight by Panti Bliss, Phil Coulter & Linda Martin. Sadly, no Billy McGuinness this year 🙁


Danny Ni
February 27, 201510:57 pm

YES! We are given a recap of Linda’s “odious little man” comment to Billy McGuinness from last year.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201510:56 pm

Onto our first act, we’re being introduced to the songwriter of “She’s So Fine”.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201510:53 pm

YES! We are given a recap of Linda’s “odious little man” comment to Billy McGuinness from last year.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201510:51 pm

The panel are discussing what Ireland need to do to get back to the top of the scoreboard, looking at inspiration from previous winners – with a look at last year’s winning entry, Rise Like A Phoenix.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201510:47 pm

Ryan is joined on the panel tonight by Panti Bliss, Phil Coulter & Linda Martin. Sadly, no Billy McGuinness this year 🙁


Danny Ni
February 27, 201510:44 pm

We’re now looking back at Ireland’s impressive history at the contest, beginning with Dana’s winning entry “All Kinds of Everything” from 1970.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201510:44 pm

After an intro of “Waterloo”, Marty takes us backstage to see how the acts are feeling before the performances.


Danny Ni
February 27, 201510:37 pm

And the show begins!


Danny Ni
February 27, 201510:35 pm

Things are about to kick off in Ireland! (No, Linda Martin hasn’t made an appearance yet) but things are about to get going shortly.

Here are the five artists/songs taking part in tonight’s selection:

01. Alex Saint & The MJs – She’s So Fine
02. Kat Mohan – Anybody Got A Shoulder
03. Erika Selin – Break Me Up
04. Nikki Kavanagh – Memories
05. Molly Sterling – Playing With Numbers

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