Ireland: Niamh Kavanagh back in national final

Ireland: Niamh Kavanagh back in national final
Last year's Irish participants Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy. Photo: Alain Douit (EBU)
Dublin, Ireland -

Earlier today on the radio show Mooney, Irish broadcaster RTE announced the names of the participants for their national final. Among the 5 singers being present, we can expect a sensation: Niamh Kavanagh, the winner of the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest with her song In Your Eyes, is back with a vengeance performing It's For You! Will she be able to defend the Irish colours for another time - and maybe get another trophy?

Ireland failed to qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest during the last two years, but this time, RTE has assembled a star-studded field for the Irish selection. Not only former Eurovision Song Contest winner Niamh Kavanagh will grace the field, we will also see Michael Graham from the successful band Boyzone being present with a self-composed song. Ralph Siegel - composer of the winning entry by Nicole in the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest has a song in the final as well which will be performed by Lee Bradshaw. Last, but not least, the field will also feature composer Marc Paelinck who wrote the 2004 Belgian and the 2009 Maltese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.

The field this year looks like this:

  • Leanne Moore - Does Heaven Need Much More? (composed by Tommy Moran & John Waters)
  • Monice (Monika Ivkic) - Fashion Queen (composed by Marc Paelinck & Mathias Strasser)
  • Lee Bradshaw - River Of Silence (composed by Ralph Siegel, John O'Flynn & José Santana)
  • Michael Graham - Baby Nothing's Wrong (composed by Michael Graham, Scott Newman & Yann O'Brien)
  • Niamh Kavanagh - It's For You (composed by Niall Mooney, Mårten Eriksson,Jonas Gladnikof & Lina Eriksson)

The final five songs were chosen by a judging panel chaired by Eurovision Song Contest winner Linda Martin and included MD, Universal Music Ireland, Mark Crossingham, showbiz agent/choreographer, Julian Benson, RTÉ 2FM DJ andIrish commentator, Larry Gogan, and Diarmuid Furlong head of the Official Eurovision Song Contest Fan Club of Ireland.

The songs will be performed on a Late Late Show Eurosong special on Friday 5th of March. The winner will be decided by 50% regional jury vote and 50% public televote which replicates the recent change to the rules in the Eurovision Song Contest itself.

Ireland has been competing in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1965 and has won the competition an unbelievable seven times altogether, the last time in 1996 with Eimear Quinn's The Voice. During the last 10 years, the country has missed out on the final on four times though, also in 2008 and 2009. Will this year be more successful for the emerald island?


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  • Posted on 14/February 2010 at 19:56
    Of all the Irish Winners In Your Eyes is probably tied with Hold me Now as the best. I hope Niamh's song is great. If it is great then she will get through with the Late Show's older audience, regardless of the competition.
    But could she win T ESC? Well she isn't one for choereography and no doubt she would do a ballad. To win with a ballad, it would have to be brilliant. Now that is possible but unlikely. Niamh with her experience, recognition and a good song probably will get into the final which would probably be enough to keep RTE happy.
    Please no to John Waters and as for a boyzone entry?
    Of course who knows we haven't heard anything yet. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/February 2010 at 19:58
    Hopefully this will be Ireland's year!! x report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/February 2010 at 19:32
    If Niamh gets through i think Ireland will atleast make it to the final but the irish better vote her in.

    look at all the great support for her here and we will probably just ignore this and vote in the crappest song. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/February 2010 at 14:32
    Good luch Niamh!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/February 2010 at 10:38
    Great! I'm very much looking forward to Ireland's national final. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/February 2010 at 01:31
  • Posted on 12/February 2010 at 00:41
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    Thanks report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/February 2010 at 20:11
    Good Luck ireland: Niamh Kavanagh!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/February 2010 at 16:04
    Niamh Kavanagh???
    She won in 1993, what does she want? Be in the last place?
    Irish people, please let one new and talented irish artist go to ESC.
    Who's next? Jonny Logan? please, they are great but they have won once (twice in his case LOL), they have to let new people show their talent too.

    Kisses for Europe and particulary Ireland,
    Rita, Portugal report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/February 2010 at 16:01
    I mıss Ireland's old great songs! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/February 2010 at 15:28
    I hope Ireland will do great in this Eurovision!!! :D
    Last year's song was good, but not super!! So I hope for a realy good song. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10/February 2010 at 21:32
    Here's hoping that Niamh Kavanagh shows Europe what a real winner is all about. Fingers crossed the song is amazing. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10/February 2010 at 21:02
  • Posted on 10/February 2010 at 18:23
    I'm glad Justin isn't there. This is Ireland and Justin is from the UK. That's my take on it anyway. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10/February 2010 at 18:06
    Where's Justin Lee Collins? Did he not make the final cut?!? Good Luck to Niamh such a strong singer hope she wins it all ;) report to the moderator