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IRELAND 2014 – Thursday’s Eurovision Talent Search

Thursday Talent Search at Eurovision Ireland - Could Shayne Ward represent Ireland at Eurovision 2014? Photograph courtesy of

“Thursday Talent Search” at Eurovision Ireland – Could Shayne Ward represent Ireland at Eurovision 2014? Photograph courtesy of

Eurovision Ireland’s Thursday talent search – where we look at possible Eurovision Entrants for 2014. Here is this week’s talent spotlight for Ireland. Over the weeks we will be looking at songwriters too that we think could compose strong songs for Eurovision.

So who do we have for you today –  that would be a great addition to the Irish Eurovision Selection for 2014?

  • Shayne Ward
  • Helene Hutchinson
  • Royseven

Shayne Ward

This is a serious case of “Why have they not got him yet?”. I can hear people saying “Oh he is too big for Eurovision or he wouldn’t do it”. If The Netherlands and Italy can get 2 big names to enter for them, then any broadcaster should be prepared to make a strong case for them to enter.

Shayne Ward you will all know, was the winner of the X-Factor in the UK in 2005. He has released 3 albums and 9 singles. In Ireland he has been most successful chart wise – 6 of his singles made the Top 10 and 3 of them #1. Add to this that his parents are both Irish – though he was born and raised in Manchester in the UK – he has an affinity with the country and would hopefully get us some points from the UK.

Released from his record contract with SYCO in 2011, Ward has been busy been performing in the West End in London playing the role of as Stacee Jaxx in 80s-themed musical “Rock Of Ages” – for which he received a nomination for “The DEWYNTERS London Newcomer of the Year” award from the 2012 “What’s On Stage Awards”.

He is though back recording in the studio at present and as it would happen he is the headline act at Dignity Bar in Waterford in Ireland on Friday 12th July. This will be Dignity Bars 5 Birthday – Happy Birthday guys. Shayne is then playing other dates in the UK later in the year. The man can sing, can dance, can work the camera, sell a song and will give 110%. This is a no brainer. Get him into the National Final please RTE.

Helene Hutchinson

Helene Hutchinson is an amazing operatic singer and actress. I came across Helene when we were both performing in “Jerry Springer the Opera” in Dublin’s An Board Gais Energy Theatre. Now I say we performed together – I played a dancing security guard in the show while Helene was in one of the starring roles. Let me tell you that this woman is as talented as she is beautiful.

Whether it is classical, pop or folk music, Helene is an expert in all genre’s. With her years of acting and singing, she is a powerhouse talent. She is touring Ireland at present playing one of the leading roles in the opera “Carmen”. Performing to a large audience and to the screen is second nature to Helene and it is about time that we had more variety in the Irish National final. “POPERA” may have had a mixed response at Eurovision but I certainly put that down to the singers who just haven’t connected fully with the tv audience. Trust me this is not a problem for Helen.

We need to continue to open the door of genre of songs in the Irish National Final – which we have been doing for the past few years. Helene would be a great addition to this. Sure look at whom she has been hanging out with – none other than “One Direction”

Helen Huthchinson with One Direction. She would be a great addition to Eurovision in Ireland. Photograph courtesy of Facebook

Helene Huthchinson with One Direction. She would be a great addition to Eurovision in Ireland. Photograph courtesy of Facebook


Royseven are a 6 piece alternative rock band from Dublin. They are made up of Paul Walsh (Lead Vocals), Sam Garland (Guitars), Eamonn Barret (Guitars), Bernard O’Neill (Bass), Paul O’Hara (Keyboard) and Darragh Oglesby (drums). They have been together since 2003. When they formed and started gigging and there was a lot of record label interest in them. They eventually signed with Universal Records in Ireland in 2005, where they released their first album “The Art of Insincerity”. Their first single “Older” charted at #6 in Ireland.

Following their first album there was interest in the band from further afield.  In 2009 Royseven signed a new record contract with Road Runner Records (WMG), and began the recording of their second album alongside internationally acclaimed producer Andreas Herbig in Germany. The album was entitled “You Say, We Say”  and made number 1 in the iTunes Album Chart in Ireland. The song “We should be lovers” was the most played song by an Irish act in Ireland in 2011.

Countless awards have come their way and they have supported acts like OneRepublic, Kaiser Chiefs and Duran Duran. They are not averse to singing contests as lead singer Paul Walsh sang a duet with one of the contestants on “The Voice of Ireland” television show this year. They have in the last few weeks returned to the studio to record, so they will have a new album – and Eurovision would be the perfect platform to launch them further.

With a great sound and stage performance, “Royseven” would be an ideal act for the Irish National Eurovision contest.

So there you have 3 very alternative yet equally talented 3 acts that would be amazing in the Irish Nataional Eurovision Selection for 2014. What do you think of this weeks options?

Who might you suggest?

Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall

Source – Eurovision Ireland

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