Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Country  Ireland
National selection
Selection process Eurosong 2014
Selection date(s) 28 February 2014
Selected entrant Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith
Selected song "Heartbeat"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final result Failed to qualify
(12th, 35 Points)
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Ireland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Irish entry was selected through the national final Eurosong 2014, organised by the Irish broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). Can-Linn featuring Kasey Smith represented Ireland with the song "Heartbeat", which failed to qualify from the second semi-final placing 12th in a field of 15. This was the third time that the Irish Eurovision entry was written by songwriter Jonas Gladnikoff, along with Rasmus Palmgren, Patrizia Helander and the entry mentor Hazel Kaneswaran.

Eurosong 2014

Eurosong 2014 was the national final format developed by RTÉ in order to select Ireland's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Despite placing last in the final of the 2013 contest, RTÉ indicated shortly after the conclusion of the previous year's contest that they would continue to participate, later confirming in July 2013 that they would definitely be among the participants for the 2014 contest.[1][2]

On 31 October 2013, RTÉ announced that the Eurosong selection procedure would return, continuing as a special edition of The Late Late Show to be held on 28 February 2014 and hosted by Ryan Tubridy.[3] Five mentors were responsible for each selecting a song and artist for the competition where the combination of a public vote and the votes of regional juries selected the Irish entry for Copenhagen. The mentors had until 3 January 2014 to submit details regarding their song and act, while the recorded version of the entry was required to be submitted to RTÉ by 3 February 2014.[4] RTÉ revealed the names and titles of the competing artists and songs on 5 February 2014. The five songs were presented on 6 February 2014 during the RTÉ 2fm programme Rick in the Afternoon, hosted by Rick O'Shea and on the RTÉ Radio 1 programme Mooney, hosted by Derek Mooney.[5]

The mentors for Eurosong 2014 were:[3]

The national final featured commentary from a panel that consisted of Louis Walsh, Eoghan McDermott, Maia Dunphy and former contest winner Linda Martin. Guest performances included Johnny Logan performing a medley of "What's Another Year", "Hold Me Now" and "Why Me?" and Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan performing "Rock 'n' Roll Kids". After the combination of votes from the five regional juries and the public televoting, "Heartbeat" performed by Can-Linn featuring Kasey Smith was selected as the winner.[6]

Participants

Mentor Act Song Writer(s)
Billy McGuinness Laura O'Neill "You Don't Remember Me" Don Mescall, Lucie Silvas
Hazel Kaneswaran Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith "Heartbeat" Hazel Kaneswaran, Jonas Gladnikoff, Rasmus Palmgren, Patrizia Helander
Cormac Battle Andrew Mann "Be Mine" Cormac Battle
Valerie Roe Patricia Roe "Don't Hold On" Patricia Roe
Mark Murphy Eoghan Quigg "The Movie Song" Karl Broderick

Voting

Draw Artist Song Regional juries Televoting Total Place
Cork Limerick Galway Sligo Dublin Total
1 Patricia Rowe Don't Hold On 6 6 4 4 6 26 30 56 4
2 Eoghan Quigg The Movie Song 10 10 10 12 10 52 50 102 2
3 Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith "Heartbeat" 8 12 12 10 12 54 60 114 1
4 Andrew Mann "Be Mine" 4 4 6 6 4 24 20 44 5
5 Laura O'Neill "You Don't Remember Me" 12 8 8 8 8 44 40 84 3

At Eurovision

Kasey Smith at the second semi-final dress rehearsal

During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Ireland was drawn to compete in the second half of the second semi-final on 8 May 2014.[7] In the second semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Ireland would perform 9th, following Finland and preceding Belarus.[8] Ireland placed 12th with 35 points.

  • The public awarded Ireland 47 points placing 10th in the televote. The jury gave Ireland 33 points placing 14th. Irelands overall score was 35 points finishing 12th.

The Irish performance featured Kasey Smith performing with the members of Can-Linn which included two male backing dancers: Thomas Spratt and Tarik Shebani and two female backing vocalists: Jenny Bowden and Donna Bissett. Can-Linn and Kasey Smith were joined on stage by violinist Denice Doyle. The Irish performance featured a stage atmosphere of warm shades of reds, yellows and oranges with Celtic inspired shapes and patterns against a backdrop that transitioned from dark seas with lightning bolts to an orange sky with green water. The dress Kasey Smith wore was designed by Kathy de Stafford with a neckpiece designed by Oliver Doherty Duncan.[9][10]

In Ireland, the first and second semi-finals were broadcast on RTÉ Two and the final was broadcast on RTÉ One with all shows being commentated by Marty Whelan.[11] The second semi-final and the final were also broadcast via radio on RTÉ Radio 1 with commentary by Shay Byrne and Zbyszek Zalinski.[12] The Irish spokesperson revealing the result of the Irish vote in the final was Nicky Byrne.[13]

Points awarded to Ireland

Points Awarded to Ireland (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Ireland

Split voting results

The following five members comprise the Irish jury:[14]

Semi-final 2

The Irish votes in the second semi-final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[15]

Semi-final 2 – Irish Results
Draw Country P. Hughes C. McGettigan L. Moore J. Greene L. Reilly Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Malta 5 3 1 12 7 4 10 8 3
02  Israel 7 4 7 4 12 6 12 11
03  Norway 2 1 4 5 1 2 8 3 8
04  Georgia 14 9 14 9 10 13 14 14
05  Poland 13 14 8 13 14 14 1 9 2
06  Austria 1 2 2 1 3 1 3 1 12
07  Lithuania 12 12 11 8 11 12 2 6 5
08  Finland 6 5 5 3 2 3 5 2 10
09  Ireland
10  Belarus 11 13 10 14 4 11 7 10 1
11  Macedonia 9 7 13 7 13 10 13 13
12   Switzerland 8 6 6 11 5 7 6 5 6
13  Greece 3 11 3 10 6 5 9 7 4
14  Slovenia 10 8 9 6 8 9 11 12
15  Romania 4 10 12 2 9 8 4 4 7

Final

The Irish votes in the grand final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[16]

Final – Irish Results
Draw Country P. Hughes C. McGettigan L. Moore J. Greene L. Reilly Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Ukraine 19 11 19 23 22 24 15 21
02  Belarus 24 6 23 11 7 13 16 16
03  Azerbaijan 11 8 20 12 21 14 26 22
04  Iceland 20 9 14 26 24 23 14 19
05  Norway 5 2 4 4 1 2 11 4 7
06  Romania 8 25 24 1 23 18 5 9 2
07  Armenia 9 5 5 3 8 4 19 11
08  Montenegro 23 24 21 13 12 22 25 26
09  Poland 26 26 22 22 26 26 1 15
10  Greece 7 23 6 7 9 7 17 12
11  Austria 3 3 1 2 3 1 3 1 12
12  Germany 18 18 12 14 13 16 20 18
13  Sweden 1 12 8 25 20 10 6 7 4
14  France 25 19 25 17 11 25 21 25
15  Russia 6 20 17 24 19 20 18 20
16  Italy 21 14 13 21 14 19 24 24
17  Slovenia 12 7 18 19 15 12 23 17
18  Finland 22 21 10 6 16 15 10 13
19  Spain 2 22 11 5 6 6 8 5 6
20   Switzerland 14 15 9 16 4 8 7 6 5
21  Hungary 17 4 15 9 25 11 12 10 1
22  Malta 13 16 2 8 5 5 13 8 3
23  Denmark 15 17 16 18 10 17 9 14
24  Netherlands 4 1 3 10 2 3 2 2 10
25  San Marino 16 10 26 20 17 21 22 23
26  United Kingdom 10 13 7 15 18 9 4 3 8

See also

References

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  2. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (15 July 2013). "Ireland: RTE confirms participation in Eurovision 2014". Esctoday.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b Jiandani, Sanjay (31 October 2013). "Ireland: RTE reveals format for 2014 national selection". Esctoday.com. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  4. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (31 October 2013). "Ireland reveal their five mentors for 2014". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  5. ^ "RTÉ reveals the five hopefuls for Eurovision 2014". RTÉ. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  6. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (1 March 2014). "Ireland to be represented by Can-linn feat.Kasey Smith". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  7. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (20 January 2014). "Allocation Draw results: Who's in which Semi-Final?". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  8. ^ Siim, Jarmo (24 March 2014). "Running order for Eurovision Semi-Finals decided". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  9. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (30 April 2014). "Can you feel the Irish Heartbeat?". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  10. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (3 May 2014). "A Celtic "Heartbeat" for Ireland". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Eurosong 2014". RTÉ. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Radio Highlight Thursday". Independent.ie. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2014: ecco l'elenco degli spokesperson" (in Italian). Eurofestival News. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  14. ^ Brey, Marco (1 May 2014). "Who will be in the expert juries?". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  15. ^ "Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Second Semi-Final". Eurovision.tv. 11 May 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 11 May 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
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