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Thursday, 21 February 2008

Six Eurosong 2008 Finalists were selected from the public competition. The song contest was open to songwriters from outside of Ireland and almost two hundred entries were received from both home and abroad. In a change from the last two years of the competition when composers were invited to write a song for an act chosen by RTE, this year entrants were asked to submit the package of song and performer.

RTE ONE Saturday 23RD February At 7.00PM - With The Results Show At 9.45PM

The six songs will be performed on Eurosong 2008. It will be presented by Ray D'Arcy and broadcast live from University Concert Hall, Limerick on Saturday 23rd February, when the public will decide who will represent Ireland at the Eurovision Semi-Final in Belgrade.

Donal Skehan
Dustin - TheTurkey
Leona Daly
Liam Geddes
Marc Roberts
Bill Hughes

The Final Six Songs Are:

. Double Cross My Heart" performed by Donal Skehan.  Composed by Joel Humlén, Oscar Gorres and Charlie Mason.

. "Irelande Douze Pointe" performed by Dustin The Turkey.  Composed by Darren Smith, Simon Fine and Dustin The Turkey.

. "Time to Rise" performed by Maya. Composed by Maja Slatinsek and  Ziga Pirnat.

. Not Crazy After All" Performed by Leona Daly. Composed by Leona Daly and Steve Booker.

. "Sometimes" performed by Liam Geddes. Written by Susan Hewitt

. "Chances" written and performed Marc Roberts


Donal Skehan - The 21 year old began performing at the age of four.  Throughout his youth he performed in numerous school musicals, choirs and local shows.  In 2005 Donal beat off hundreds of auditionees to gain a place in the International boyband, Streetwize.  Donal set off with the band on a worldwide search for its final member and during this time acted as spokesperson making several TV and radio appearances in the UK, Sweden and America.

After leaving the band in 2006, Donal went on to study TV presentation, production and direction and secured a producing and part-time presenting role in the music channel, Bubble Hits.
Dustin The Turkey - has been a star since the 1980's when he joined The Den with fellow puppets Zig and Zag.  Dustin has already recorded six albums, and performed duets with artists such as Bob Geldof, Chris De Burgh, Ronnie Drew, Dervla Kirwan and the late Joe Dolan.  He currently presents "The Once A Week Show" with Sinead Ni Churnain on Saturday mornings on RTÉ Two.

After a number of years in the wilderness Dustin The Turkey says he has decided to return to the recording studio in an effort to restore his nation's position as the High Kings Of Eurovision. He says it's a selfless act based on his desire to help his country as he believes there is a direct link between the recent downturn in the economy, his lack of musical output and our poor showing in the Eurovision over the last number of years.

Maya - is 22 years old and one of the most promising and esteemed singers in Slovenia and the surrounding region.  She comes from a small remote village in Slovenia and began singing on TV when she was five years old and won several international children's singing contests abroad.  After her first appearance at the Slovenian National Eurovision selection in 2004, she was recognised as one of the most talented young singers in the country. She followed the success of many famous Slovenian singers when she went on to perform and win at the HIT Festival (The Festival of Slovenian Radio Station) later that year. Maya went on to perform at festivals in Slovenia and abroad while studying music at the University of Ljubljana. An accomplished performer, she was a backing singer for many famous Slovenian and European performers and in 2006 she was a backing singer for Slovenia's Anzej Dezan at the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens.

Maya, who is well known in Eurovision fan community, performed live on TV many times. She sings with symphonic orchestras, big bands, as well as her young pop rock group Fish 'n' Chips. Maya is also a great fan of Ireland and Irish music. She has always hoped for a chance to perform in Ireland. 

Leona Daly's - career path has taken her from Dublin to Nashville by way of London. In Nashville, she won the respect and support of Oscar nominated Music Row songwriting giant Sharon Vaughan.
Leona says
'I kept going over and back. I love Nashville, it's just all about music. It was a great place for me to learn my songwriting craft'

That led to a meeting with English songman Steve Booker, who has co-written 'Not Crazy After All'. Steve's compositions have been recorded by Stevie Nicks, Natalie Imbruglia, Jack Savoretti and most recently Duffy. Together Daly and Booker have formed a powerful songwriting bond, working with producer Jon Kelly (Kate Bush, Beautiful South, Deacon Blue)

Leona started singing when she was four and she achieved her first chart success when she recorded a cover of Cat Stevens vintage song 'Where Do Children Play' for a charity album.

Liam Geddes - at just 17 years old, is the youngest performer in Eurosong 2008. The Ballina native Liam has been singing and performing for a number of years in musicals, charitable events and as a guest soloist.  In the past twelve months he has sung at the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet to an audience of over 2000 people.   Liam was the highest placed and youngest Irish competitor on X Factor 2007.
Marc Roberts - is a talented singer/songwriter and is both the performer and composer of "Chances".  Originally from Mayo and now based in Galway, Marc is no stranger to Eurovision.  He previously represented Ireland coming second in the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest with "Mysterious Women" which reached number 2 in the Irish charts. 

Marc's debut album was released in 1998 and featured six of his own original compositions highlighting his writing talent.  "Meet Me Half Way" & "Once In Your Life" followed.  Marc is currently working on his fourth album which will include co-writes with Jimmy MacCarthy and Winsten Sela from the USA.  Marc's albums are licensed to record companies in both the US and Australia, where he tours regularly. 

Marc was also selected to perform alongside Mick Hanly, Sinead Lohan, Charlie McGettigan, Eleanor McEvoy and Jimmy MacCarthy to represent Ireland in a showcase of best Irish song writing talent and impressed a specially invited audience of top music publishers and industry representatives in America.  His shows have sold out the National Concert Hall and Cork Opera house amongst others.  Marc plans to tour Ireland, Germany, America and Australia later this year.