XTRA DECIDES: 🇮🇪 CONNOLLY is our choice to win Eurosong 2023
XTRA DECIDES sees the team here at ESCXTRA score the Eurovision national final songs, reviewing our winner. Follow us from here through to March 2023 as we make our choices for Eurovision 2023.
This evening, Ireland’s broadcaster RTE will select their entry for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest during a special edition of The Late Late Show.
The winner will be determined by a combination of an international jury, domestic jury and public vote. As with last year, a panel will be commenting after each act, however this panel will not be scoring the participants.
|1||Connolly – “Midnight Summer Night” 🏆||122||4|
|2||ADGY – “Too Good for Your Love”||116||3|
|3||Wild Youth – “We Are One”||104||3|
|4||Leila Jane – “Wild”||100||1|
|5||K Muni & ND – “Down in the Rain”||66||1|
|6||Public Image Limited – “Hawaii”||38||1|
|Oof, Ireland… Credit where credit is due, this national final is giving us a variety of genres this year. Sadly though, it all still feels a bit like different tones of beige. Now, Connolly is a very pleasant surprise. This young songstress has a Billie Eilish/Lorde kind of vibe over her and her music. It’s laid back, it’s easy to listen to and could be a good radio song. And that’s where the issues lie… I have no idea how you’re going to stage this without making it Molly Sterling levels of boring. Ireland, this is your best bet, results wise… if you can stage it well. A talent like Connolly deserves it.|
|Ever since I first listened to this masterpiece, I fell in love (and it is only a demo!). It sounds like a London Grammer song with influences from Lorde and Billie Eilish but still at the same, it sounds so uniquely Irish. As an Irish eurofan, I would be beyond proud if this would be chosen to represent us at Eurovision. It is incredible how well produced “Midnight Summer Night” is, and even more so when you realise that Jennifer is the only person who has worked on the song. The lyrics highlight how still time can pass and how numb and overwhelmed you can feel during a heavy and traumatising event. As for staging, I need intimacy, I need darkness, I need stars and I hope Jennifer can deliver something that focuses on her as the main character of the song. It’s no secret that I’m rooting for CONNOLLY in Eurosong! Let’s send her to Liverpool!|
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