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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 23:34

Ireland: Shayne Ward Rumour Garners Traction

Shayne Ward, a male vocalist who is best known for winning the second series of the X Factor in the United Kingdom is rumoured to be representing Ireland at next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The rumour started with Derek Mooney, a veteran radio host known for his programme Mooney on RTÉ Radio 1. During last nights' broadcaster, he said that he heard that Shayne Ward would be involved in the selection process in some way or another. This would be quite intriguing considering that RTÉ, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Ireland saw their representative Ryan Dolan and the entry Only Love Survives which he co-wrote with Wez Devine crash and burn, obtaining only five (5) points to finish in last place. 

Shayne Ward released three studio albums under the SyCO imprint, all of which managed to hit the top twenty in the charts within the United Kingdom and Ireland. Despite being English, he has been more successful in Ireland as his collections peaked at number #1 and #11 respectively. His most successful singles were That's My Goal, No Promises and Breathless, all of which are somewhat a mixture of pop and r'n'b with a slight hint of that typical classic ballad. It is yet unknown what type of selection procedure Ireland will be proposing for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, we encourage you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about this story.

Source: RTÉ Radio 1


Monday, 11 February 2013 18:05

Ireland: Major Stars Lending their Support

The 2013 edition of the Late Late Show Eurosong special will be taking place on Friday, 22nd February 2013 and will be hosted by Ryan Turbidy on RTE 1. This has been the setting for the national final for the past couple of years, excluding the 2008 process which took place in a more formal environment hosted within The Helix, which nows plays as the venue for The Voice of Ireland. John and Edwards, more commonly known as Jedward have represented Ireland for the past two years, with Lipstick and Waterline, qualifying to the final and achieving an eighth and twentieth place respectively. The profile of the competition in Ireland is on the rise and major stars in the industry have already started to voice their support from the competing artists.

British X Factor Judge, Louis Walsh who is the manager of Ronan Keating and Boyzone whilst having headed the careers of Girls Aloud, Samantha Mumba and Westlife, has publicly gone onto support Kasey with the track Kiss Me There. This is not a total surprise considering that Kasey was one of the vocalists in the band Wonderland managed by the aforementioned Louis Walsh in unison with Kian Egan, former member of Westlife who is now a mentor of The Voice of Ireland. In the past two years, Louis Walsh, manager of the group Jedward was very much outspoken about the Eurovision Song Contest and it is quite intriguing to see that his involvement from the days of Johnny Logan and Linda Martin hasn't really dwindled.


Michelle Heaton, one of the performers within the successful British group, Liberty X has also spoken out about the Irish Eurosong special, in favour of none other than Zoe Alexis Bohorquez who will be taking part with the track Fire co-written between Niall Mooney, Lauren White and Willie Weeks. The song, which is being said to be one of the favourites has attracted the support of the star, as she currently participants in the show known as The Big Reunion airing on ITV2 where the nineties girlbands and boybands have come together for another hurrah so to speak. With experienced, Niall Mooney behind her, Zoe might be a shoe in for the position, and people will be able to buy the song on iTunes soon enough. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest.

Source: Eurovision Ireland


Rumours have always been characteristically popular with the internal selections put forth by the British Broadcasting Union but there seems to be an aura of possible positive achievement as they prepare their next campaign which will of course culminate in Malmo, Sweden. Artists tend to make themselves available yet it seems that this time round, the mill of possible representatives is being kept to a minimum with one artist publicly declining the possibility of being the one to take on the challenge of doing the honour for the United Kingdom, that being of course Sophie Ellis-Bextor who had had a string of hits and is working on her return to the music scene following an extended break. Earlier this year, the British broadcaster selected Engelbert Humperdinck with the song Love Will Set You Free languishing in a bottom position at the end of the evening with just twelve points; the maximum being five from Estonia followed by four points from Ireland. One individual who won't mind flying the flag is definitely Rylan Clark.

Rylan Clark was one of the finalists in the current edition of the British X Factor and was mentored by former Pussycat Doll turned solo singer; Nicole Scherzinger. The idea behind his choice was to garner a bit of entertainment throughout the whole process although many had come to believe that he could not really perform and on most nights, they were right because this is an artist who cannot hold a tune. Before being eliminated, he was almost eliminated twice prior to actually getting eliminated finishing in fifth place. He did have credible performances in the sing off portion of the competition though and at one point, upcoming star and judge Tulisa Contostavlos made that abundantly clear keeping him in the competition and sending home a possible recording artist; Kye Sones. Speaking to the British newspaper; Metro, the artist has made it known that should he be wanted to represent the United Kingdom, he would do accept instantly 'If the country wanted me to represent them then I'd happily fly the flag.' Betting house, William Hill is currently showing that his possible representative role might be true at 16/1, with odds shortening in the past couple of hours. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Metro