Ireland has officially kicked off this year�s Eurovision Song Contest season by being the first country to announce the name of their next year�s representative for Helsinki. Dervish, the popular traditional Irish band have succeeded Brian Kennedy who came 10th in Athens, thus going straight to the Final.
The song though remains to be chosen through a public competition, just like previous years. RTE, the Irish broadcaster, has announced that there will be no extension to the public competition for the selection of the song. The final deadline remains Monday 8 January, at 5.30. Entries must be submitted to: Eurosong 2007, Entertainment Department, New TV Building (Stage 7), RTE Television, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
The selection process will be as follows: All received entries will be judged by two Preliminary Judging Panels who will make sure the sings adhere to the rules, are suitable for Dervish and the Eurovision Song Contest. These Panels will also submit their opinion on the songs. The list of the songs that fulfil the criteria will be then submitted to the Final Judging Panel, which consists of:
- Shay Healy, Eurovision winning songwriter ( What’s another year, 1980)
- Dave Pennefather, MD, Universal Music Ireland
- Johnny Lappin, Publisher, Board Member IMRO
- Larry Gogan, Broadcaster, Eurovision Commentator
- Eleanor Shanley, Singer
The Final Panel will select four of the songs which will be featured in the Late Late Show Eurosong Special on February 16. The final song will be selected by televoting during the show.
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