Ireland: RTE opts for national selection

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 235 views

RTE, the Irish national broadcaster has confirmed to ESCToday that Ireland will opt for a national selection in order to select the 2015 Irish Eurovision act and entry. The format  and mechanism is yet to be determined.

The Irish broadcaster is currently studying various different mechanisms for its 2015 Eurovision national selection format. The Late Late Show, Eurosong, the traditional standard National Song Contest are among the different options on the table that are being considered as a potential format.

RTE has confirmed to ESCToday that it will disclose its plans for Eurovision 2015 and the format it will opt for  on 13 October.

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.

Ireland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in  1965 and has won the event 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).

Stay tuned to for the latest news on Ireland and the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest!

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