Ireland to be represented by Can-linn feat.Kasey Smith

Ireland to be represented by Can-linn feat.Kasey Smith
Kasey Smith Winner of EuroSong 2014 Photo (c) RTE
Dublin, Ireland -

Tonight it is was the turn of the most successful nation in Europe's Favourite TV Show, namely Ireland, to select their entry for the 2014 contest and they have chosen Can-linn featuring Kasey Smith with the song Heartbeat to wave the flag for them this year in Copenhagen.

On The Late, Late Show special tonight, host Ryan Tubridy presented the five songs that were in contention for EuroSong 2014, and a combination of five regional juries and televoting determined which song will represent Ireland in the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday the 8th of May.

Watch our interview with the winner

The Participants

The songs were performed in the following order: Winner in bold.

  1. Don't Hold On sung by Patricia Roe (Composed by Patricia Roe). Mentored by Valerie Roe
  2. The Movie Song sung by Eoghan Quigg (Composed by Karl Broderick). Mentored by Mark Murphy.
  3. Heartbeat sung by Can-linn, featuring Kasey Smith (Composed by Hazel Kaneswaran, Jonas Gladnikoff, Rasmus Palmgren and Patrizia Helander). Mentored by Hazel Kaneswaran.
  4. Be Mine sung by Andrew Mann (Composed by Cormac Battle).Mentored by Cormac Battle.
  5. You Don't Remember Me sung by Laura O'Neill (Composed by Don Mescall and Lucie Silvas). Mentored by Billy McGuiness.

About the show

There were four guests on the show to offer their opinions on the songs, Louis Walsh, Eoghan McDermott, Maia Dunphy and former winner Linda Martin. At times the discussions got quite heated between the guests and the mentors. However, despite their views the decision wasn't down to them.

Former winner Johnny Logan performed a medley of all three of the winning songs with which he is associated, namely What's Another Year, Hold Me Now and Why Me? Also perfoming to mark the 20th anniversary of their win in 1994 were Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan with Rock'n'Roll Kids.

You can watch again EuroSong 2014 on our webplayer.

About the winner

Can-linn is a collaborative music act featuring traditional Irish instruments such as the bodhrán and fiddle, complimented by the urban-styled vocals of Kasey Smith, who rose to fame with the BT Music Award nominated girlband Wonderland in 2010 under the tutelage of Louis Walsh and Kian Egan.

Heartbeat was co-written by an experienced team of Irish and Swedish songwriters: Hazel Kaneswaran an Irish singer/songwriter who sang for Dove in 1996 and has since presented numerous TV shows and performed around the country; Jonas Gladnikoff, who wrote two successful Irish Eurovision entries including It’s For You by Niamh Kavanagh in 2010; Rasmus Palmgren, writer of the current Swedish Idol winning song; and Patrizia Helander, Swedish Idol 2007 finalist and experimental artist.

Hazel believes that Can-linn’s entry Heartbeat is a passionate song that reflects Ireland’s will to rise again as a nation and shows why we are recognised globally as makers of fine music.

She said: ‘Being a mentor in Eurosong has been a joy. I chose a great pop song with a Celtic twist as I love traditional Irish music. The name ‘Can-linn’ is derived from the Irish ‘to sing together’. I think that’s appropriate as we want to work together and bring the Eurovision home!’


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  • Posted on 5 March 2014 at 21:19
    Ireland has fortunately chosen the only catchy song among the candidates. It's about staying in the mind of the listener. And this song, even if it's not the better as for quality in the contest, has the power to stay there and to be sung under the shower. And this is a goood thing for an Eurovision contestant! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3 March 2014 at 06:34
    Ireland always try to send a good song to Eurovision. I am envious of the Irish at least they have a show in which they pick their entry, not like us in the UK who will find out tonight at 7.30pm 3rd March to see who the BBC as picked. It seems we are not trusted to pick our song for Eurovision any more, so I just hope its not a past its best popstar...🎶🎼🎷🎵 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 March 2014 at 22:33
    All ingredients in the recipe for success: drums, rhythm violin, Irish dance, backing vocals, amazing voice, charming singer. Even that little „girlie" playing violin is a disarming ingenuity.

    And 85 (!) points go to Ireland!

    12 points for song
    12 points for Leeann
    2x12 points for dancers
    2x12 points for backing vocalists
    and...
    13 points for a smile. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 March 2014 at 18:38
    Bahm! What a song! Great report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 March 2014 at 14:57
    Great song, I am just a little bit sceptic about Kasey's voice. But anyway, good luck Ireland! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 March 2014 at 09:40
    From the snippets, this sounds really good. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 March 2014 at 23:33
    c'est fantastique. la meilleure chanson jusqu'a maintenant11 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 March 2014 at 22:08
    Great winner from Ireland so great job, welldone citinzens of Ireland! I really like this one! From Finland with lots of love! ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 March 2014 at 22:03
    I like very much of this irish entry! Go Ireland! Good job welldone irish citizens! Greetings from Finland with lots of love! ;) @ http://jake.suntuubi.com/ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 March 2014 at 19:13
    Awe poor Eioghan report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 March 2014 at 17:28
    Great performance last night, congrats to all! Good Luck on the 8th May! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 March 2014 at 16:01
    Great song, one of my favorites, I hope Ireland finishes in a good position this year! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 March 2014 at 13:22
    It was the best! Good choice Ireland :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 March 2014 at 13:02
    The refrain has a really nice hook to it, think this song will grow on me a lot as well! Nice choice Ireland! One of my favourites so far! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 March 2014 at 13:00
    Can linn can win report to the moderator