Brian Kennedy is celebrating his victory in Eurosong 2006, having both composed and sung the winning song on Friday’s ‘The Late Late Show’.
The Irish viewing public chose “Every Song Is A Cry For Love” to represent the country in the Eurovision Semi-final on Thursday May 18.
Voting began after the three contending songs, including his own, had been performed by Brian on Pat Kenny’s popular chat show.
Any lingering doubts regarding the fairness of the format of the qualifying competition were dismissed by Kevin Linehan, RTE Commissioning Editor of Entertainment programmes.
“Brian did justice to all three songs tonight,” said Mr Linehan. “Any of them would have given us a great shot on the Eurovision stage.”
“We are sure that Brian will do Ireland proud in Athens in May.”
“I am so delighted that the public have chosen this song but I would have been proud to bring any of the three songs I performed tonight to Athens,” said Brian Kennedy.
“I’m really looking forward to representing Ireland on the Eurovision stage.
“Roll on 18th May!”
24 countries will compete for 10 places in the semi-final event. These 10 will join the 14 countries who have already qualified for the final, which will be held on Saturday May 20.
Pat Kenny announced the result live on air at 11.35pm, in the presence of scrutineer, Gerard Moran, from Price Waterhouse Coopers.