RTÉ (Irish National Broadcaster) has announced today that they are now seeking submissions for their Eurovision 2015 song selection. The public are invited to submit entries which include a song, performer(s) and any suggested performance or staging details. A judging panel (to be selected by RTE) will then consider and shortlist the entries that they receive.
For the past 4 years RTÉ has used the ‘mentor’ system whereby music and entertainment professionals nominated by RTÉ were given the opportunity to select a song and an act which they felt had the potential to succeed at Eurovision. RTÉ has reviewed this selection process and have decided to make some important changes.
Michael Kealy, Executive Producer Eurovision, said
‘Ireland has a track record at Eurovision which is second to none but finding a song and an artist who can perform at the biggest entertainment show in the world is not an easy task. This year we have decided to have an open selection process for Eurosong 2015 and we want to hear from the very best songwriters and performers who believe they have what it takes to compete at the highest level in Vienna next May.’
Song Submission Details
Entries should be no more than three minutes long and should be submitted on CD or on USB key as an MP3 or WAV file to Eurosong 2015, RTÉ Entertainment, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
The closing date for entries will be at 5pm on Friday 31 October 2014. Full terms and conditions can be found at www.rte.ie/eurovision
The Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Vienna, Austria, next May following the victory of Conchita Wurst in Copenhagen this year. This will be the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest so it is expected that the contest will reach more than this years tv audience of 195 million viewers, making it one of the most popular annual television events both in Ireland and across Europe.
As usual, Ireland will be drawn in one of the two semi-finals which will take place on the 19th and 21st of May. Qualifying acts from each semi-final will then compete in the Grand Final on Saturday 23rd May.
So do you have the perfect song and singer for Ireland? If so then get your entries into RTÉ before 5pm on Friday 31st of October 2014.
Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : RTÉ
Categories: Austria, Eurovision 2014, Eurovision 2015, Ireland
complete and utter Fix by RTE.. 3 weeks for people to write a track, find singer and record high quality version of song.. also who is selecting the songs.. over the past few years we’ve had nothing but ‘what RTE thinks would win.’ Surely they only need to select a good song & singer.. that is all… and asking about stage performance when no one knows the size or sort of stage in Vienna again.. Its not looking good… perhaps Loius Walsh will already have selected his song and singer to come out of the mix.. yet again.. sorry im not too hopeful really
Clearly, the mentor system was a failure….one mentor last year picked her own sister to sing the song she’d written! An open competition is a better idea but as RTE are selecting what goes forward I’m not hopeful. If they hold the final in the tiny late late show studio, then it’s game over. RTE are still stuck in 1996 and have forgotten that the rest of Europe have moved into the 21st century.
How many songs will be selected for the final?…….Where will the final be?……please not rte studios……..and I hope the judging panel will have some new faces, with some new ideas.
Those details John have not been finalised by RTE. One will have to look at the volume and quality of the songs received we would imagine