In January as we reported here, RTE, the Irish national broadcaster confirmed to esctoday.com that it would use the same Eurosong selection process as in recent years to choose the artist who will represent them at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen.
With the hope of an eighth win they selected five new Mentors:
Aslan guitarist Billy McGuinness, singer and songwriter Hazel Kaneswaran, RTÉ 2FM presenter and Kerbdog frontman Cormac Battle, band manager Valerie Roe and tour manager Mark Murphy.
They have just released the details of the five singers and their songs. In order of performance they are Patricia Roe, Eoghan Quigg, Can-linn, Andrew Mann and Laura O’Neill.
- Patricia Roe – Don’t hold on (mentored by Valerie Roe)
- Eoghan Quigg – The movie song (mentored by Mark Murphy)
- Can-linn feat. Kasey Smith – Heartbeat (mentored by Hazel Kaneswaran)
- Andrew Mann – Be mine (mentored by Cormac Battle)
- Laura O’Neill – You don’t remember me (mentored by Billy McGuinness)
More about the performers
Born in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, Patricia already has a relationship with Eurovision, having placed runner up to both Linda Martin and Niamh Kavanagh in consecutive Eurosongs in 1992 and 1993; both of the former went on to win the Eurovision outright in their respective years. Patricia also sang for Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. When approached by Eurosong 2014 mentor Valerie, after a 20 year break from the competition, Patricia felt it was an easy decision. She trained as both a dancer and a singer as a child, so much so that her actual singing career started when she was just 14 years old. She has performed throughout the world as both a soloist and backing vocalist from as far east as Singapore to the far western desert plains of Las Vegas, where she lived on two occasions. She has been a professional singer her entire life.
Her mentor and sister Valerie Roe said: My vision for Ireland this year is to go back to our roots with a powerful song and an exceptional singer with strong production and the artistic style that Ireland is famed for worldwide. Don’t Hold On is a compelling and passionate song that makes my heart beat faster but also break a little bit at the same time! I want this opportunity so much for Trisha. She has been so close so many times. I think this will be her chance to finally shine and for everyone to experience her extraordinary talent. Trisha was always my chosen singer, without question. We were so thankful for all the songs we received but in the end we felt that Don’t Hold On had the best chance. Trisha is stunning inside and out and I think her powerful voice, arresting stage presence and beautiful song will capture everyone’s hearts.