On today’s Ray D’Arcy radio programme on RTÉ Radio 1 the six songs which will take part in the Irish Final were played.
This was the first opportunity to assess the diversity in the entries, albeit with only clips being played.
Here are the full versions
1. Alex Saint with the MJs – She’s so fine
Alex originates from Zambia and moved to London at the young age of 15. He then moved to Belfast, which is well known for its many clubs dedicated to R&B and performs there on a regular basis. The MJs are a girl group from Derry in Northern Ireland.
The MJs aren’t new to the Irish local music scene. They are credited as backing a number of artists in 2011 when celebrating the life of a member of the Mary Janes band. this was in support of the Irish fragile x society
The song writer is Tony Adams-Rosa who, amongst many Eurosong appearances was the Irish finalist who lost out to Linda Martin and Why Me, the Eurovision Song Contest Winner in Malmö 1992. No doubt he’s hoping for better this time. His early writing career started with the release of For the First Time with Polygram records, he then joined Enniskillen Band Pocket Money, where he wrote the group’s three singles, including Can’t Stop This Love which was launched by Terry Wogan. Most recently Tony came second in the Belgium Eurosong 2014 when his song One was performed by Bandits.
He is quoted as saying I believe passionately in my song and artist, I feel that it’s time to ring the changes with a totally fresh style of music to represent Ireland.