Et Cetera - new key to success for Ireland?

Et Cetera - new key to success for Ireland?
Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy. Photo: Indrek Galetin (EBU)

After having won the Eurovision Song Contest a record number of 7 times, the Irish approach to Europe's favourite musical event is a different one this year. Most of their winners had been slow ballads, but Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy's Et Cetera is a youthful uptempo rock-song. Ireland failed to qualify for the grand final last year - will they be more successful this year?

Et Cetera, the Irish song this year, has been composed by an international team of songwriters from Ireland, Sweden, Denmark and Italy. Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy looked at ease this morning and didn't seem intimidated by the huge Moscow stage and its impressive LED effects. The rock chicks didn't wear the final stage clothes yet but performed their song confidently. Letters and the words "Et Cetera" were constantly displayed in black/white on the backdrop. Furthermore, an army of bright lights was situated directly at the back part of the stage which were accompanied by stroboscope-like effects. A wind-machine was also used this morning. Despite the unpopular starting position number 2 in the second semi-final of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, the catchy and bouncy pop/rock song might leave a lasting impression on the televoters next Tuesday.

21 year-old Sinéad Mulvey started singing professionally at the age of thirteen when she was picked from hundred of girls for the lead role of Cinderella in a Dublin pantomine. Sinéad came very close to representing Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 when she made it to the national final. Sinéad says, “I have been a Eurovision fan for as long as I can remember. Representing Ireland in the Eurovision is truly a dream come true for me and I can’t wait to Rock Russia with Black Daisy and Et Cetera!” Black Daisy are an all girl pop/rock group who hail from Dublin. 26 year-old LA Halvey from Limerick is singer and bassist, 21-year-old Nicki Billings, from Wicklow is on guitar, while Asta Mileriene, originally from Alytus, Lithuania is the drummer.

During the Irish press conference, their Head of Delegation, Julian Vignoles, said that the team liked the stage and the lighting, but there would be some camera and sound issues to be solved. Sinéad and her girls explained that they are proud to be representing Ireland. The singer had her first experience as a singer in "Spice Kids", a junior version of the Spice Girls when she was 10 and has beeen singer ever since. All the girls confirmed that they will have relatives coming over to Moscow to support them in the big show next week. The group was also happy to secure a record deal with Sony Music of which they hope that it might push their career both in Ireland and abroad.

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  • Posted on 7 May 2009 at 17:24
    i'll vote for you. good job! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 May 2009 at 05:48
    I love the song and my 4 year old sings it all the time. Good luck in the final. Best wishes Michael (Australia) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 May 2009 at 00:08
    It's surprisingly different from the traditional tripe we usually create. For example, Dervish was a ridiculous choice of artist to represent Ireland on an international scale in the competition.

    I wish the girls the very best of luck in the coming event. Make us proud.

    Oh, and get ready for my entry next year. ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 May 2009 at 20:55
    Go on Sinead.... We're all routin 4 ya 2 make it 8 times 4 Ireland and so we can hold it again :-D
    Good Luck :-) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 May 2009 at 20:20
    It´s SO nice that Ireland has skipped their sleezy ballads this year as well! =D This stands out from the crowd, at least in this competition and Sinéad seems to have good contact with the cameras and the song is very "sing-a-long". Thank you Ireland and best of luck to you Irish Eurovision-freaks!!! =) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 May 2009 at 15:10
    Very beautiful song. It have high quality like French entry who is the most Franch singer Patricia Kaas. I will vote Ireland(after Norway) =) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 May 2009 at 12:52
    this song has potential to get to the finals, unlike last year's("Ireland Douze Points" - what a load of rubbish)
    Good Luck from the United Kingdom - please vote for Jade Ewen + Andrew Lloyd Webber report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 May 2009 at 11:52
    GOOD SONG ...GOOD LUCK FROM TURKEY... VOTE FOR HADISE !! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 May 2009 at 11:49
    i like this song !!! i will vote for it !!! the best of luck from Greece !!! don 't forget to vote Saki !! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 May 2009 at 10:07
    Of course they failed to qualify last year. I mean, "They Can't Stop the Spring" wasn't worst song on ESC. It IS the WORST song of all times.
    This one looks kinda cool, GL Ireland, but I think you had enough victories :P report to the moderator