Presenting the entries: Ireland

Can-linn (Ireland)


Composers: Hazel Kaneswaran, Jonas Gladnikoff, Rasmus Palmgren, Patrizia Helander

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Selection format

In October RTÉ confirmed that they would be using the same familiar pre-selection format as in the recent years. This meant that five mentors had been chosen to find their representatives for the national final. These mentors were 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 finalists and their songs were presented in early February while the final was set to take place on February 28th. The winner was chosen by a combination of televotes and votes from regional juries. The final saw some drama, too, when the 1992 Eurovision winner Linda Martin lost her temper on live show.

Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith

Can-Linn is a ‘collaborative music act featuring traditional Irish instruments such as the bodhrán and fiddle’ as the broadcaster describes. Kasey Smith is the singer of this group and Eurosong 2014 was her second attempt to represent Ireland – last year she competed with ‘Kiss Me’. Kasey rose to fame when she was part of a girl band Wonderland which split up in 2011.

Behind ‘Heartbeat’ we can find both Swedish and Irish songwriters. Among them is Jonas Gladnikoff who co-wrote the 2010 entry ‘It’s For You’ and 2009 entry ‘Et Cetera’.