Eurosong finalists to be unveiled

Ireland’s six Eurosong finalists are to be unveiled tonight on RTE’s Late Late Show.

Ireland’s six Eurosong finalists are to be unveiled tonight on RTE’s Late Late Show.

With the big selection night just over a week away, when the six songs will be revealed, the acts will be showcasing their performing skills.

Among the finalists will be the irreverent Dustin the turkey, who was revealed recently as one of the country’s hopefuls.

“All the acts will take part in a one-off performance on (the) show,” said Pat Kenny.

“We’re taking Johnny Logan’s Euro-classic 'What’s Another Year' and we’re going to see what this year’s Eurovision hopefuls can do with it.”

Performing will be Donal Skehan, Dustin The Turkey, Slovenian singer Maya, Leona Daly, Liam Geddes and Eurovision veteran Marc Roberts.

The final six songs for Eurosong were chosen by a judging panel chaired by television producer Bill Hughes and included singer/songwriter Eleanor McEvoy, former Eurovision winning singer/songwriter Charlie McGettigan, showbiz agent/choreographer Julian Benson and RTE’s Assistant Commissioning Editor for Entertainment Julian Vignoles.

Eurosong 2008 will be presented by Ray D’Arcy and broadcast live from University Concert Hall Limerick next Saturday.

The live show will be broadcast from 7-8pm and voting lines will open (phone and text) only after all six acts have performed. The public will then decide which song will represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest on May 20.

The winner will be announced in a live results show at 9.30pm.

This year, all countries barring the UK, Spain, Germany, France and last year’s winner Serbia, must compete in one of two semi-finals to qualify for the Eurovision Final on Saturday May 24.

Ireland has been drawn to compete in the first semi-final on Tuesday May 20.

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