Ireland: Eurovision interest from Nathan Carter

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One of the biggest country singer’s in Ireland currently, Nathan Carter, has spoken out about the possibility of representing his country at a future edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

With RTÉ having confirmed their participation in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest to ESCToday, a mechanism in order to determine the next Irish representative it set to be decided in the upcoming months. But with a 3-year non-qualification streak, what would be the best selection method for the nation in 2017?

One option could be Nathan Carter following his recently shown interest in the competition. Speaking recently on 2FM’s Breakfast Republic, Carter revealed:

I got a lot of requests at this year’s [Eurovision] from fans […] I think one of the acts that was performing from a different country apparently looked a bit like myself and was singing a bit of a country song.

If the right song came along and I was free, I guess I would do it.

Born and raised in Liverpool before moving to Ireland at the age of 18, Carter first hit the music scene in 2007 following the release of his debut album, Starting out. The release of his version of Wagon wheel in 2012 launched the country singer to national stardom, with his same entitled album peaking at 6 in the Irish charts.

Having released a total of 7 studio albums to date, Carter is currently one of the biggest stars on the country and Irish music scene, having recently won 2 out of a possible 5 awards at the 2016 Irish Country Music Awards. Do you think Carter would be a good Eurovision choice for Ireland?

2016 saw the Irish national broadcaster RTÉ opt for an internal selection, the first since 2007, in order to select their entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest following a 2-year non-qualification streak. Selecting former Westlife singer Nick Byrne alongside his song entry Sunlight, Ireland failed to qualify for a third time running, finishing in 15th position in semi-final 2.

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  • MarioVision

    I don’t know this irish singer & haven’t heard of him.
    I guess that he must be known only in his own country IRELAND.

  • MarioVision

    Him representing Ireland in next year’s EuroVision? Why not 🙂
    And if he is given a great/good enough esc song 4 Ukraine’s Vision 2017
    then will be much better 4 him 🙂

  • MarioVision

    (Northern) Ireland sadly was just eliminated in Euro 🙁
    But congrats to them that at least they managed to qualify to the best ~16~ teams of the tournament.
    Now we will see what the other irish squad from Ireland will gonna do on the other match tomorrow.
    They are playing with the host France unfortunately
    so it will be really hard for them to also get the qualification.

  • MarioVision

    At least for the first time in history
    BOTH squads teams from IRELAND managed to qualify in the knock out phase of Euro!

  • MarioVision

    My country Greece was on the same Group with Northern Ireland
    in the qualifying phase. We sadly finished last in the group
    & the northern irish finished winners of the group instead.
    I was glad for their first ever qualification to a EURO championship! 🙂

  • MarioVision

    The famous parody song *WILL GRIGG ‘S ON FIRE* that the IRISH people were singing
    became rather popular hit in this Euro. Its cool funny song 😉
    ”’ Nananananah Nanana Nananah! ”’ <3 😛

  • MarioVision

    (From Grigg’s Wikipedia) On 28 May 2016 WILL GRIGG was named
    in the final 23 man Euro 2016 squad for Northern Ireland.
    This irish singer Nathan Carter has his own birthday on 28 May.

  • MarioVision

    His country IRELAND will play against France tomorrow.
    Today on the same day of 25th June 14 years ago in 2004
    my country GREECE beat France & we qualified to the SF ~4~ of Euro! <3
    It was really unbelievable 4 us because we were only just grateful & glad
    only that we had managed to qualify to the Quarter Finals of ~8~
    The rest is history of course <3 🙂

  • Arnoud Scheerder

    I think one of the acts that was performing from a different country apparently looked a bit like myself and was singing a bit of a country song. I think he means the song from the Netherlands “Slow Down” by Douwe Bob!