RTÃ�, the Irish broadcaster, has confirmed to esctoday.com that they are in the final throws of selection for the Irish 2009 Eurovision Song Contest entry. Whilst a few names have been rumoured such as three times winner, Johnny Logan, and Eoghan Quigg from british tv talent show the X Factor, no names in the running can be confirmed at this stage.
TheIrish announcement has been much antipicated after the speculation that big names may take part. Tomorrow, we should know if one of them;if any, is prepared to enter the Eurovision Song Contest; if RTÉ willrepeat their open selection format like last year, or may try something totally different.
Irelandhas suffered two key problems in recent years. Firstly, a string of poor results at the competition. Secondly, a decline in the reputation of thecontest within the population.
RTÉhas been working tirelessly to turn this situation around, and last year made a bold effort to create a modern and culturally diverse national final which won worldwide publicity. The end result was another hugely disappointing result in Belgrade, asIreland failed to qualify from the semi-final.
Tomorrowwe will know what RTÉ will do in its bid to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.
Stay with esctoday.com for coverage of the announcement by RTÉ.