Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010

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Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Country  Ireland
National selection
Selection process Eurosong 2010
50% Jury
50% Televoting
Selection date(s) 5 March 2010
Selected entrant Niamh Kavanagh
Selected song "It's for You"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (9th, 67 points)
Final result 23rd, 25 points
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2009 2010 2011►

Ireland selected its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 by a national selection on 5 March 2010. After an open call for songs, Ireland's national broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) announced on 10 February the five participants who would compete in Eurosong 2010, the selection process.


Ireland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest forty-three times since the country's first entry in 1965,[1] winning a total of seven times - in 1970 with the song "All Kinds of Everything" performed by Dana; two wins for Johnny Logan in 1980 and 1987 with the songs "What's Another Year" and Hold Me Now"; in 1992 with the song "Why Me?" performed by Linda Martin; in 1993 with the song "In Your Eyes" performed by Niamh Kavanagh; in 1994 with the song "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" performed by Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan; and in 1996 with "The Voice" performed by Eimear Quinn - a record which no country has ever matched or beaten. In recent years, however, Ireland's impressive record at Eurovision has taken a turn, with only two Top 10 results during the 2000s, and Ireland's first last place finish in 2007, "They Can't Stop The Spring" performed by Dervish which only received 5 points.[2]

The Irish national broadcater, RTÉ, hosts the event each year and organizes the selection process for its entry.[3] Many methods of selection have been used, with the most common method used by RTÉ being a national final featuring a multi-artist, multi-song selection in which regional juries, and later the public, choosing the winner. In previous years the artist has sometimes been selected internally by RTÉ, with the song being chosen by the public, and previously a talent show format, You're a Star, was used between the years 2003 and 2005.

After speculation that Ireland may be forced to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest due to the financial climate in the country, RTÉ confirmed on 28 October that Ireland would participate in the Contest.[4] For the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest RTÉ decided to hold a five performer national final to choose the song to represent them.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Selection process – Eurosong 2010[edit]

On 10 December RTÉ announced a public call for songs for the 2010 edition of Eurosong.[5] RTÉ appointed the same five-member jury from last year's contest to select the competing entries from those submitted to RTÉ, reflecting different expertise both in the music industry and the Eurovision Song Contest: Linda Martin, national final and Eurovision contestant and winner for Ireland (chairperson); Julian Benson, choreographer; Mark Crossingham, MD Universal Music Ireland; Larry Gogan, Irish radio broadcaster; and Diarmuid Furlong, Eurovision Song Contest expert and fan, and president of OGAE Ireland.[6][7][8]

RTÉ announced a number of changes to the format to Eurosong from previous years: the broadcaster decided to give the judging panel more flexibility in relation to the selection of songs and the pairing of songs with performers. The judging panel will have final say on the performers of each song, and can change the performers of each song to their liking. Submissions could be sent to RTÉ until 1 February at noon.[6][7][8]


On 10 February RTÉ revealed the names of the five Eurosong 2010 participants. The line-up was a star-studded and international one, which included Mikey Graham of Irish boyband Boyzone and Niamh Kavanagh, Eurovision Song Contest 1993 winner for Ireland. Other participants included Bosnian singer Monika Ivkic, participant in the fifth season of the German version of American Idol Deutschland sucht den Superstar; Leanne Moore, winner of the last season of Irish talent show You're a Star; and Lee Bradshaw, who placed fourth in last year's Eurosong contest[9][10][11]

The songwriting teams were also international, and also included many with Eurovision experience: Irish columnist John Waters and Tommy Moran were known for writing the 2007 entry, "They Can't Stop the Spring", performed by Dervish, and infamously came last at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. Marc Paelinck, a Belgian composer, had written three past Eurovision songs - Belgium in 2002 and 2004, and Malta in 2009. Niall Mooney and Jonas Gladnikoff were part of the team behind last year's Irish entry "Et Cetera", as well as various national final entries across Europe. They were joined by successful Swedish songwriters Mårten and Lina Eriksson. German songwriters Ralph Siegel and John O'Flynn, aka Bernd Meinunger, had written 16 Eurovision entries together over 4 countries, including Germany's only Eurovision winner "Ein bißchen Frieden".[12]

RTÉ held a draw to determine the running order for the contest in February 2010 in the presence of an independent auditor. Leanne Moore would open the contest and Niamh Kavanagh would close the performances.[13] The five entries were broadcast for the first time on 4 March on Derek Mooney's self-titled RTÉ Radio 1 program.[14][15]


Eurosong 2010 was held on 5 March during a The Late Late Show special at the RTÉ television studios in Dublin, hosted by Ryan Tubridy.[5][16] The show was broadcast on RTÉ One, and online over the RTÉ website and the EBU's official web stream ESCTV.[17][18] Six regional juries - in Cork, Dundalk, Limerick, Sligo, Dublin and Galway - and a public televote held in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, decided the winner. Juries gave 12, 10, 8, 6 and 4 points to each song, and televotes will be converted to 72, 60, 48, 32 and 24 points.[19]

The show featured appearances by three-time Eurovision winner (singer in 1980 and 1987; songwriter in 1987 and 1992) Johnny Logan, Eurovision 1970 winner Dana, runner-up at Eurovision 1992 for the United Kingdom Michael Ball, and TV and radio personality and Eurovision commentator for Ireland Marty Whelan.[16] Dana performed her Eurovision winning song "All Kinds of Everything" and Johnny Logan performed his 1980 Eurovision winning song "What's Another Year".

At the end of the voting "It's for You" was revealed as the winner after getting maximum points from all jury regions and the televoting. Although it was revealed that the Irish Eurovision panel wanted her to win, before the selection took place. Justin Lee Collins was not happy at this predicted result, as he participated with a song written by, Ronan Keating, but was not chosen to be in the final 5.[9][20]

Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Jury Televote Total Place
1 Leanne Moore "Does Heaven Need Much More?" John Waters (m & l), Tommy Moran (m & l) 42 36 78 4
2 Lee Bradshaw "River of Silence" Ralph Siegel (m), John O'Flynn (l), José Juan Santana Rodríguez (l) 26 24 50 5
3 Mikey Graham "Baby, Nothing's Wrong" Michael Graham (m & l), Scott Newman (m & l), Yann O'Brien (m & l) 50 60 110 2
4 Monika Ivkic "Fashion Queen" Marc Paelinck (m & l), Mathias Strasser (m & l) 50 48 98 3
5 Niamh Kavanagh "It's for You" Niall Mooney (m), Mårten Eriksson (m), Jonas Gladnikoff (m),
Lina Eriksson (l)
72 72 144 1


Song Juries Televote Total Place
Cork Dundalk Limerick Sligo Dublin Galway Total
"Does Heaven Need Much More?" 6 6 6 10 6 8 42 36 78 4
"River of Silence" 4 4 4 6 4 4 26 24 50 5
"Baby, Nothing's Wrong" 8 10 8 8 10 6 50 60 110 2
"Fashion Queen" 10 8 10 4 8 10 50 48 98 3
"It's for You" 12 12 12 12 12 12 72 72 144 1

At Eurovision[edit]

Ireland competed in the second semi-final of the contest on 27 May.[21] The song was performed in the 12th position, following the entry from Slovenia and preceding the entry from Bulgaria. In the voting for the Final, Ireland was awarded 7 points from the United Kingdom. Had only a televoting and not jury vote been cast, Ireland would have been awarded 12 points as they were the most popular with the British audience.

RTÉ television commentary was provided by Marty Whelan in all three shows,[22] with former Irish Eurovision entrant Maxi providing radio commentary for the second semi-final.[23]

Points Awarded by Ireland[24][edit]

Points Awarded to Ireland (Semi-Final 2)
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]


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