The public will be asked to pick Ireland’s entry for this year’s Eurovision song contest from a shortlist performed by traditional music band Dervish, it was revealed today.
A panel of judges, including former Eurovision winner Shay Healy, the managing director of Universal Music Ireland Dave Pennefather, broadcaster Larry Gogan and singer Eleanor Shanley, have whittled down the final four songs from over 200 entries.
The four songs will be performed by the six-piece Sligo-based band Dervish on the Late Late Show – Eurosong 2007 on Friday February 16. The public will then decide which song will represent Ireland at the 52nd Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki in May 2007.
Kevin Linehan, entertainment commissioning editor at RTE Television, said: “We were delighted with the response to the Eurosong competition this year and would like to thank all the songwriters from both home and abroad who entered.
“The standard was particularly high this year and I think the four songs chosen by the judging panel would all make strong Eurovision entries. Of course it’s up to the public now to decide which song will represent Ireland in Helsinki in May.”
The final four songs are: ’They Can’t Stop The Spring’ written by John Waters and Tommy Moran; ’Walk With Me’ written by Stigg Lindell; ’The Thought Of You’ written by Matti Kallio; ’Until We Meet Again’ written by Malachi Cush, Pam Sheyne, Martin Sutton and Don Mescall.
Entries were open to songwriters from outside of Ireland. Almost 200 entries were received from both home and abroad, with entrants from 11 different countries from across Europe and around the world.
Finalist Stigg Lindell is a Swedish musician whose songs have made it into the final rounds of the Norwegian and Estonian heats of the Eurovision Contest. Another successful entrant Matti Kallio is a Finnish musician who has been performing in traditional Irish bands in Helsinki.