The Irish public has chosen Can-linn feat. Kasey Smith and the song Heartbeat to represent them at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Can-linn feat. Kasey Smithwill represent Ireland at the 59th Eurovision Song Contest after winning Eurosong 2014 on RTÉ 1’s Late Late Show this evening. As has been the case in previous years, Ireland’s entry was selected by a combination of public and regional jury vote. The Irish entry will compete in the second semi-final in Copenhagen on Thursday, 8 May.
Five acts competed in this year’s Eurosong, each mentored by an experienced, music-industry professional.
Eurosong 2014 was hosted for the fifth year by Ryan Tubridy. RTÉ’s long-standing Eurovision commentator Marty Wheelan was with the acts in the green room, getting their reactions as the votes came in.
Ireland made its debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 with Butch Moore and the song Walking the Streets in the Rain. To date, the country has won the competition seven times, which gives Ireland the best result of any country in the contest, followed by France, Luxembourg, Sweden and UK who have each won five times.