Eurovision Finals 2013

IRELAND : Johnny Logan and Brian Kennedy at war

Eurovision Legend Johnny Logan on the new RTE show "The Hit". Photograph courtesy of

Eurovision Legend Johnny Logan on the new RTE show “The Hit”. Photograph courtesy of

The Eurovision Big Guns have been brought out by RTE as the show “The Hit” comes to Irish Television Screens on July 26th at 9.30pm (GMT). The show will be available to International viewers on the RTE Player – more details to come closer to the show.

The show will see songwriters pitch their songs to two established music stars over five weeks, in the hope that they will pick their song. In the final week, the five songs will be performed before the winning show, The Hit, is chosen.

The show will feature five-time Grammy-award winning producer Steve Lillywhite (who has worked with U2 to Talking Heads) who will be tasked with picking the songs before they are pitched to the performers.

"The Hit" - New RTE show. Photograph courtesy of Facebook

“The Hit” – New RTE show. Photograph courtesy of Facebook

Ultimately though the audience at home will decide the winner – as the final two songs each week will be made available to download. The one with the most downloads progresses to the final.

Eurovision Legend Johnny Logan will do battle with indie artist “Duke Special”.

Samantha Mumba (whom we suggested yesterday as a possible Eurovision artist for Ireland) and the “Republic of Loose” will match off.

Solo artist “Mundy” will take on Irish Music legend Finbar Furey, while the unique singer Julie Feeney (whom we have Eurovision news on too) will battle on the iconic “The Stunning”.

Eurovision’s Brian Kennedy and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Ryan O’Shaughnessy are other names in the weekly show, which will be coming from the O2 in Dublin – which is Ireland’s biggest indoor concert venue – and where Eurovision would be held if (no when) it returns to Ireland.

"The Hit" presenters - Aidan Power and Nicky Byrne. Photograph courtesy of

“The Hit” presenters – Aidan Power and Nicky Byrne. Photograph courtesy of

Presented by Nicky Byrne and Aidan Power, the grand finale of The Hit will see the five successful artists returning to perform their song live in the O2 with the RTE Concert Orchestra.

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

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  1. Why can’t RTE put this sort of effort into a national final? Afterall, they already have “The Voice of Ireland”

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