Last night's EUROSONG 2014 Special 'Late Late Show' turned into quiet an amazing memorable National Final. For a few years Ireland has developed a music industry mentor process of choosing their tune to send to Eurovision. It is a very open and honest selection process, that seems to successfully combine a internal selection with a tele-vote jury final.
The show had plenty of Euro Fan focus and wonderful performances and chat from Johnny Logan and Paul & Charlie guys who performed 'Rock n Roll Kids' at Eurovision
It showed us how the irish take this song contest very seriously, and so they should. Then as the songs were performed 'live' on the Tv show a huge stand-off and full argument erupted between Linda Martin & the music mentor of Song 5.
Former Eurvision winner Linda Martin left her seat to confront the mentor who expressed his real anger with the options given so far, for the popular Song 3 'Heartbeat' This seemed to be a case of a real spoil-sport and ruined one of the very best performances of the night, from his own singer Laura O'Neil. Who turned out to be almost an irish version of Adele.
It all came about as X Factor judge Louis Walsh had been invited to simply talk in the TV show on a irish panel of experts, although Louis did have a past association with Casey Smith (via girlband 'Wonderland') singer of Song 3. Even Johnny Logan had a few words to say on the subject afterwards on the show, the irish Eurovision entries have always been debated strongly recently, even when Jedward won the Eurosong two years running
(Jedward had been mentored by the luvly Linda Martin, as well )
All the fuss aside it all made some great Live Tv and Irish Eurosong even had 3 terrific songs of the 5, to offer in this years selection. The two songs that missed out in the voting was Eoghan Quigg's 'The Movie Song' and Laura O'Neill's 'You don't remember Me'. However Can Linn & Kasey gave a winning performance and a song that did sound just perfect for Eurovision. As well as being very ethnic and original as well, it struck me as the best choice for Ireland. I think it will become an instant fan favourite as well.
Hats off to both show-stoppers Casey and Linda (don't mess) Martin..