Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011

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Eurovision Song Contest 2011
Country  Ireland
National selection
Selection process Eurosong 2011
2/3 Jury
1/3 Televoting
Selection date(s) 11 February 2011
Selected entrant Jedward
Selected song "Lipstick"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (8th, 69 points)
Final result 8th, 119 points
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Ireland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany with the song "Lipstick" performed by Jedward. The song was selected by the Irish public through the national final Eurosong 2011 competition, organised by the Irish broadcaster, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ).

Eurosong 2011[edit]

On 26 November 2010 it was announced that RTÉ would make changes to the format for Eurosong in 2011. Instead of an open call for songs as in previous years, RTÉ has approached five music industry professionals to choose and mentor five acts that will take part with separate songs in Eurosong 2011 held on 11 February 2011 during a Late Late Show Eurosong special.

The winner was chosen from a combination of a public vote and regional juries, as in the last two years.[1][2][3] Unlike in the previous year, the jury's choice had a bigger impact on the final result.[4] Former Irish Eurovision winner, Niamh Kavanagh attended the final of Eurosong 2011.[5]

Contestants[edit]

On 2 December 2010, twin duo and UK The X Factor contestants Jedward announced their participation in Ireland's selection.[6] The Vard Sisters were the second act in the final line-up of the Irish national selection.[7] Nikki Kavanagh was also confirmed as part of the line-up.[8] Don Mescall was the fourth candidate.[9] The fifth candidate was an EMI Music quartet.[10]

Songs[edit]

On 28 January, RTÉ announced all five songs with their mentors and writers of the songs:[11]

Mentor Known For Act Song Writers
Caroline Downey-Desmond Director of MCD and Event Producer Jedward [12] Lipstick Dan Priddy, Lars Jensen, Martin Larson
Ronan Hardiman Composer Don Mescall Talking With Jennifer Ronan Hardiman, Don Mescall
David Hayes Musical Director and Arranger Nikki Kavanagh [13] Falling Christina Schilling, Camilla Gottschalck, Jonas Gladnikoff, Hanif Sabzevari
Willie Kavanagh Chairman, EMI Music Ireland Bling[14] Shine On Patrick Mahoney
Liam Lawton Composer and Performer The Vard Sisters Send Me An Angel Liam Lawton

Voting[edit]

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Song Score Place
Juries Televote Total Score
Waterford Cork Limerick Galway Sligo Dublin Juries Score
"Talking with Jennifer" 6 6 4 10 10 8 44 24 68 3
"Lipstick" 10 10 12 8 12 10 62 36 98 1
"Shine On" 4 8 6 6 4 4 32 12 44 5
"Send Me an Angel" 8 4 8 4 6 6 36 18 54 4
"Falling" 12 12 10 12 8 12 66 30 96 2

Results[edit]

Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Jury Televote Total Place
1 Don Mescall "Talking with Jennifer" Ronan Hardiman (m & l), Don Mescall (m & l) 44 24 68 3
2 Jedward "Lipstick" Dan Priddy (m & l), Lars Jensen (m & l), Martin Larson (m & l) 62 36 98 1
3 Bling "Shine On" Patrick Mahoney (m & l) 32 12 44 5
4 The Vard Sisters "Send Me An Angel" Liam Lawton (m & l) 36 18 54 4
5 Nikki Kavanagh "Falling" Christina Schilling (m & l), Camilla Gottschalck (m & l),
Jonas Gladnikoff (m & l), Hanif Sabzevari (m & l)
66 30 96 2

Eurovision performance[edit]

Jedward qualified from the second semi-final and came 8th in the final, with 119 points (beating countries such as the United Kingdom and Germany.) It was Ireland's best result since 2000 when they finished 6th. It was also Ireland's first time receiving 12 points in a final since Eurovision 2003, they received 3 sets from Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Points Awarded by Ireland[edit]

Points Awarded to Ireland (Second Semi-Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Ireland (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2010-11-26). "Ireland: RTÉ changes Eurovision selection format". ESCToday. Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  2. ^ "New plan for Irish Eurovision entry". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 2010-11-26. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Webb, Glen. "Fresh new format for Ireland in 2011" (2010-11-26). European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2011-02-06). "Ireland : Voting procedure modified by RTE". ESCToday. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  5. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2011-01-26). "Ireland: Niamh Kavanagh to attend Eurosong final". ESCToday. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  6. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2010-12-02). "Ireland: Jedward Twins bid for Eurovision". ESCToday. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  7. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2010-12-10). "Ireland: The Vard Sisters may enter Eurosong". ESCToday. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  8. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2011-01-10). "Ireland: Nikki Kavanagh confirmed for Eurosong". ESCToday. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  9. ^ Coronerri, Alenka (2011-01-11). "IRELAND - Don Mescall in the national final". Oikotimes.com. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  10. ^ Dahlander, Gustav (2011-01-14). "Oslo backing singer to take on Jedward in Ireland". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  11. ^ Wilson, Ryan (2011-01-28). "Ireland: Full song details in Irish final revealed!". EscDaily.com. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  12. ^ Sweeney, Ken (2011-01-18). "Jedward fine-tune bid for Eurovision". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  13. ^ "Nikki Kavanagh's entry for Eurosong 2011 written by familiar faces". Oikotimes.com. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  14. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2011-02-04). "Meet the Irish 'mystery act'". ESCToday. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 

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