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IRELAND : Thursday Eurovision 2014 Talent Search

Sinead O'Connor - Melanie McCabe - Dolores O'Riordan. Photograph Eurovision Ireland

Sinead O’Connor – Melanie McCabe – Dolores O’Riordan. Photograph Eurovision Ireland

“Thursday Talent Search” for Eurovision 2014 and we look at the women again here in Ireland. This week we are going to add a voting poll to get your direct opinion on who you think would be “Eurovision Ready”.

3 women that a lot of people would know already. Different genre’s and stages in their career’s.

  • Sinead O’Connor
  • Melanie McCabe
  • Dolores O’Riordan
  • Sinead O’Connor

What can one say about Sinead O’Connor? Famous or Infamous – she is a musical and personal enigma. From main stream pop to folk music, she has sung it all. She has reinvented herself on so many occasions with her music and beliefs. Remember this is the woman who tore up a picture of the Pope on “Saturday Night Live” in America and then became a female priest. A complex artist and woman who is not afraid to challenge what people think of her, her actions and more importantly themselves!

Where some established artists might not see Eurovision in their path, one gets the feeling that Sinead O’Connor would relish the opportunity to go against the grain and be in front of a massive audience. It would certainly give her the opportunity to potentially bring light to her several causes/interests that she feels strongly about.

One should stop by her Official Website – as it is a fascinating read. It is strictly for over 18’s, as she herself points out on the site. What it does show is that she is an artist still with emotion and passion – which is sometimes lacking from artists these days. Check it out here

Her ability to bring a song to life is undeniable. Couple that with one of the most distinctive and recognisable voices and looks in music – and you have an artist that people would certainly take notice of at Eurovision.  I will not deny that Sinead O’Connor would be a dream to see at Eurovision. Her most recent album “How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?” is a wonderful mixture of Blue Grass, Blues, Pop, Folk and above all accessible. “4th and Vine” is just a crazy happy song that has always been a favorite on my playlist. She would be a joy to see at Eurovision. Like she sings in her song “Troy”, she “will rise, I will return, like a phoenix from the flame” – and with that Ireland’s success at the contest.

  • Melanie McCabe

It is that time of the year when “X-Factor UK” returns to Saturday night television screens. It wouldn’t be X-Factor if it didn’t have Ireland’s Melanie McCabe. 2013 is the fourth time that she has auditioned for the show. Her first attempt was back in 2008 when she was just 14 years of age.

In 2011 the entire nation was sure that she was going to make it to the live shows. She had made it to “Judges Houses” and you would have bet your house that Judge Kelly Rolland was going to make Melanie one of her finalists.

Now earlier this year Melanie was lined up to perform in the Irish National Eurovision Selection – “Eurosong”. Her mentor was Mairead Farrell, whom had confirmed to the media that Melanie was her selected artist. However at the last moment Melanie withdrew from the contest.

Melanie was sitting her final examinations at Secondary School in Ireland – so possibly Melanie wanted to concentrate on her studies. However, come the end of June this year, Melanie has completed her studies and is free to pursue her singing. It has been confirmed by “The Irish Daily Star” that Melanie has again auditioned for X-Factor and has made it to the Judges Houses again – this time of former Pussycat Doll singer Nicole Scherzinger. So she is down to the final 6 in her category to make it to the live shows.

One way or another this talented young woman will be singing in her career. Either X-Factor or Eurovision could be the road to her success. We will be happy here at Eurovision Ireland which ever route it will be. The next 6 months will be telling for Melanie, but we are sure will be seeing a lot from her.

  • Dolores O’Riordan

You would not believe how many people write to us here at Eurovision Ireland asking “Why doesn’t Ireland send an Irish sounding singer back to Eurovision?”. In response to that is always the same – “How traditional sounding a voice would work well at Eurovision today?”. I think we have the perfect singer for this.

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer with the massively successful Irish Band The Cranberries. O’Riordan has a wonderful singing voice that has a modern yet traditional Irish lilt to it. Upon hearing her voice you automatically think that is an Irish singer – but a modern/contemporary voice.

Dolores and the Cranberries shot to fame internationally with the song “Linger”. Following that there were numerous hit singles for the band. They are the soundtrack of the 1990’s for many people who enjoyed the Indie/College rock/pop sound. The band is currently recording according to sources. Dolores has recorded 2 solo albums to date.  “Are You Listening?” that was released in May 2007 and was followed up by “No Baggage” in 2009.

O’Riordan’s solo music is very melodic and guitar based. It is a sound that is instantly memorable and very easy to enjoy. This could be a sound and performer that would score well with the public and Jury – and rightly so. Dolores is like a chameleon with many looks that makes her a very interesting artist. She would be a very unique artist on a Eurovision stage and one that we think would be very much appreciated.

So there you have 3 very different female vocalists from very different musical genres. Each has something to offer a Eurovision stage and we would love to see them there in Copenhagen next year.

Who would be your choice? Vote below

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

Source – Eurovision Ireland

2 replies »

  1. While I’m normally loath to draw from the well of failed reality singing show contestants to find a suitable Eurovision act, I really do believe “The Architects” by Conor Quinn (he of The Voice fame) & (his band) The White Chalk would have made a fab Irish entry. See what you think:

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