21-years-old X-Factor star Rebecca Creighton will be teaming up with Jedward at their rendition of Lipstick live at Eurosong 2011. This doesn't come up as a surprise as the twins met Rebecca backstage at the X-Factor show and since then they have been in talks for a musical collaboration.
Ireland decided to change the format of their Eurovision selection show in order to increase their chances to achieve a better result at Europe's favourite show or even win this contest for the 8th time. As a result, this year's Irish national selection features a brand new format consisting in the usage offive so-called 'Eurovision experts' or mentors that are supposed to teach the participating artists how to become a Eurovision winner. Five acts, each of them mentored by five music professionals involved in the Irish show-business, will fight for the lucky ticket that will assure them the right to represent the Emerald Isle at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. The winner will be chosen by a combination of tele voting and regional juries, just like last year.
Former X-Factor star Rebecca Creighton will be featured in the routine of Jedward, one of the most discussed act of this year's Eurosong. Rebecca is aware of the fact that the twins received a mixed reaction about their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, so she declared the following:
"They have a great following but I know they get a mixed reaction and not everyone loves them. They're just two young boys having the craic. … People have to listen to the song first before deciding whether they like it or not and not just switch off because it's them. I hope they'll support us.", says Rebecca.
This decision arises speculations over the future of Rebecca's band Belle Amie, which is said to be history. "I don't know what's going to happen, to be honest," she said. "We just need to all sit down together and decide what's happening."
This is howthe line-up of this year's Eurosong is looking like:
- Don Mescall – Talking with Jennifer (Ronan Hardiman & Don Mescall ) – mentored by Ronan Hardiman
- Jedward featuring Rebecca Creighton– Lipstick (Dan Priddy, Lars Jensen and Martin Larson) – mentored by Caroline Downey-Desmond
- Mystery Act To be announced – Shine On (Patrick Mahoney) – mentored by Willie Kavanagh
- Vard Sisters – Send me an angel (Liam Lawton) – mentored by Liam Lawton
- Nikki Kavanagh – Falling (Christina Schilling, Camilla Gottschalck, Jonas Gladnikoff and Hanif Sabzevari) – mentored by David Hayes
As RTÉ previously announced, the participating songs will be available for listening on February 5th, when a special documentary about Eurosong and this year's mentors will be broadcast by RTÉ One. The Irish national broadcaster also confirmed Niamh Kavanagh's presence at this year's The Late Late Show : aEurosong special. The former Eurovision winner will be performing at the show that brought her the honour of representing the Emerald Isle for the second time at Europe's favourite music show.
Ireland will compete in the second half of the second semi-final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
esctoday.com will provide you a live coverage of this year's Irish national selection on February 11th. Stay tuned!