- 11 Feb 10
RTÉ today announced the five Eurosong 2010 finalists which will be performed live on The Late Late Show Eurosong Special 2010 on Friday March 5 to choose the song to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2010.
The songs are:
BABY, NOTHING’S WRONG – PERFORMED BY MICHAEL GRAHAM
Music & Lyrics by Michael Graham, Scott Newman and Yann O’Brien
DOES HEAVEN NEED MUCH MORE? – PERFORMED BY LEANNE MOORE
Written by Tommy Moran and John Waters
FASHION QUEEN – PERFORMED BY MONIKA IVKIC
Written by Marc Paelinck and Mathias Strasser
IT’S FOR YOU – PERFORMED BY NIAMH KAVANAGH
Music: Niall Mooney, Marten Eriksson and Jonas Gladnikoff. Lyrics: Lina Eriksson
RIVER OF SILENCE – PERFORMED BY LEE BRADSHAW
Music: R. Siegel. Lyrics: J. O’Flynn / José Santana
The songs were chosen by a panel chaired by Eurovision winner Linda Martin and including Universal Music Ireland MD, Mark Crossingham, showbiz agent/choreographer Julian Benson, 2FM DJ Larry Gogan, and Diarmuid Furlong, head of the Official Eurovision Fan Club of Ireland.
The winner will be decided by 50% regional jury vote and 50% public televote, replicating recent changes to the rules in the Eurovision Song Contest itself. In 2010, this 50/50 system will also apply to the Eurovision Song Contest semi-final stage, which Ireland will compete in, as well as the Grand Final. The changes are a response to criticism often levelled at the voting section of the show.
The song representing Ireland will feature in the second semi-final on Thursday May 27. The final will be on Saturday May 29.