RTE, the national Irish broadcaster has confirmed to ESCToday.com that Ireland will compete at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Austria. Thus Ireland is the 2nd country to confirm its participation for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest joining Switzerland.
The broadcaster has informed ESCToday that it is currently reviewing and studying its Eurovision strategy for 2015. Hence it is yet not clear what mechanism and method Ireland will opt for in order to select its Eurovision act and entry for 2015. More details will be released in the coming months.
In 2014 RTE opted for the 5 mentor and 5 act mechanism with a national final to select its Eurovision entry for Copenhagen. Cann Linn featuring Kasey Smith represented Ireland at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with Heartbeat. The country failed to qualify to the grand final in Copenhagen.
2015 will mark the 60th anniversary, the Diamond Jubilee, of the Eurovision Song Contest. The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Austria, with the host city is yet to be determined.
Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest a total of 7 times ( 1970,1980,1987, 1992,1993, 1994,1996) and is the country that has won the event the most times.
Ireland holds many Eurovision records: The Emerald Isle is also the only country that has won the contest 3 years in a row ( 1992, 1993, 1994) and has hosted it 3 years in row too ( 1993, 1994,1995). Eire is also the country that has won the event twice with the same singer, Johnny Logan (1980 and 1987).
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