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RTÉ Announce Eurosong 2010 Finalists

RTÉ today announced the five Eurosong 2010 finalists, as selected from the public competition. A jury chaired by Eurovision winner Linda Martin chose five songs from almost 300 entries received from both home and abroad.

These five songs to be performed live on The Late Late Show Eurosong Special 2010 on Friday 5 March are:

BABY, NOTHING’S WRONG – PERFORMED BY MICHAEL GRAHAM
Music & Lyrics by Michael Graham, Scott Newman & Yann O’Brien

DOES HEAVEN NEED MUCH MORE? – PERFORMED BY LEANNE MOORE
Written by Tommy Moran & John Waters

FASHION QUEEN – PERFORMED BY MONIKA IVKIC
Written by Marc Paelinck & Mathias Strasser

IT’S FOR YOU – PERFORMED BY NIAMH KAVANAGH
Music: Niall Mooney, Marten Eriksson & Jonas Gladnikoff

Lyrics: Lina Eriksson

RIVER OF SILENCE – PERFORMED BY LEE BRADSHAW
Music: R. Siegel Lyrics: J. O’Flynn / José Santana

The final six songs were chosen by a judging panel chaired by Eurovision winner Linda Martin and included MD, Universal Music Ireland, Mark Crossingham, showbiz agent/choreographer Julian Benson, RTÉ 2FM DJ and Eurovision Commentator, Larry Gogan, and Diarmuid Furlong head of the Official Eurovision Fan Club of Ireland.

The songs will be performed on a Late Late Show Eurosong special on Friday 5 March. The winner will be decided by 50% regional jury vote and 50% public televote which replicates the recent change to the rules in the Eurovision Song Contest itself.

Last year the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final was chosen by a 50/50 combination of jury and televote and appears to have answered the criticism often levelled at the voting section of the show. In 2010, this 50/50 system will now also apply to the Semi-Final qualifying stage, which Ireland will compete in, as well as to the Grand Final itself. Had this rule been in place for last year’s Semi-Final last year, Ireland would have qualified for the Final.

Ireland will compete in the second Semi-Final on Thursday 27 May for a place in the Grand Final on Saturday 29 May.

Last year’s Eurovision, hosted by Russia in Moscow was deemed to be one of the most successful ever, attracting a total of 124 Million viewers – a 17% increase on 2008. Alexander Rybak’s “Fairytale”, last year’s winning song, became a major hit in Europe and went straight in at number 1 on most European iTunes charts. It also scored a top 3 on the European chart, achieving number 1 in Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Russia and number 2 in Ireland.

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