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Kasey Smith's our Eurovision rep

1 of 1 Kasey Smith's on her way to Copenhagen for this year's Eurovision
Kasey Smith's on her way to Copenhagen for this year's Eurovision

Can-linn, featuring Kasey Smith, has been announced as the winning act to represent Ireland at the 59th Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark this May.

They battled it out against four other finalists in last night's Late Late Show - Eurosong 2014, topping the vote which was a combination of 50% public tele-vote and 50% regional jury vote.

The winning song, Heartbeat, was written by a team of Irish and Swedish songwriters including mentor Hazel Kaneswaran, an Irish singer/songwriter who sang with Dove in 1996.

The other co-writers are Jonas Gladnikoff, who wrote two previously successful Irish Eurovision entries; Rasmus Palmgren, writer of the current Swedish Idol winning song; and Patrizia Helander, Swedish Idol 2007 finalist and experimental artist.

23-year-old Smith, from Donaghmede in Dublin, was previously a member of the BT Music Award-nominated girl band Wonderland in 2010 under the tutelage of Louis Walsh and Kian Egan.

Can-linn is a collaborative music act featuring traditional Irish instruments.

After the result Kasey Smith said: ‘I'm so delighted! When I first heard the song I knew it was too good to pass down. I heard it and I got butterflies in my stomach.

"This song came into my life at just the right time. I want to thank my fantastic mentor Hazel and it wouldn't have been possible to do this without my family and friends. Bring on Copenhagen!"

Her mentor Hazel Kaneswaran said: ‘I'm really delighted for Kasey. I believe it’s her time. Our song is a great pop song.

"I had a vision in my head of what it would look like on stage from the very beginning. We need to put on a show when we go to Eurovision. My nerves are gone but it’s been a fantastic night!’

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