RTÉ has just announced the names of the five acts that will take part in this year’s national selection process. RTÉ again invited mentors to pick acts capable of representing the country in Eurovision, and they have chosen:
- Patricia Roe – “Don’t hold on” (Mentor: Valerie Roe)
- Eoghan Quigg – “The movie song” (Mentor: Mark Murphy)
- Can-linn, featuring Kasey Smith – “Heartbeat” (Mentor: Hazel Kaneswaran)
- Andrew Mann – “Be mine” (Mentor: Cormac Battle)
- Laura O’Neill – “You don’t remember me” (Mentor: Billy McGuinness)
The singers and composers
- Patricia Roe is in fact Valerie Roe’s sister, and finished as a runner up in national finals in 1992 and 1993. She was a backing singer for Malta in 1994.
- Eoghan Quigg previously competed in The X Factor in the UK in 2008 – the same edition that Ruth Lorenzo was in. Karl Broderick wrote the song, and was also the composer of “Love” in 2005.
- “Heartbeat” was written by Hazel Kaneswaran along with Jonas Gladnikoff, Rasmus Palmgren and Patrizia Helander
- “Be mine” was written by Corcam Battle
- “You don’t remember me was written by Don Mescall and Lucie Silvas
The public will get the chance to hear the five songs for the first time tomorrow afternoon (Thursday 6 February): on RTÉ 2FM from 2pm Rick O’Shea will debut the songs, while Derek Mooney will give the songs their first RTÉ Radio 1 airing after 3pm.