Ireland continues using the same Eurovision pre-selection format as in the recent years, RTÉ confirmed today. Five finalists will be chosen by five mentors who were also revealed by the broadcaster.
These are Aslan guitarist Billy McGuinness, singer and songwriter Hazel Kaneswaran, RTÉ 2fm host and Kerbdog frontman Cormac Battle, band manager Valerie Roe and tour manager Mark Murphy.
The five acts will be presented in New Year and the final will take place at the end of February, 2014.
– ‘RTÉ wanted to again offer the Irish public a say in deciding who Ireland’s Eurovision entry should be. We felt the last year’s mentoring process was successful in delivering five strong acts which could represent Ireland’, Eurovision coordinator Michael Kealy from RTÈ comments.