Irish hopes have been ignited.

It would appear that RTÉ has devised a new and interesting selection method for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster has selected five music industry professionals who will then develop and mentor a song entry each. These songs will then be performed live on a Eurosong special on the Late Late Show with the winner being selected by a mix of public televote and regional juries, who will then go on to represent Ireland in Düsseldorf. The mentors have been listed below:

Caroline Downey-Desmond – Director MCD & Event Producer
Ronan Hardiman – Composer (Lord of the Dance)
David Hayes – Musical Director & Arranger (Tommy Fleming & Riverdance)
Willie Kavanagh – Chairman, EMI Music Ireland
Liam Lawton – Composer & Performer

Overall, I’m quite impressed. Both with the selection method and the list of mentors. No doubt they will create some interesting acts. I’m particularly intrigued as to what Ronan Hardiman, David Hayes and Willie Kavanagh will come up with. Lord of the Dance, Riverdance and EMI Music are some of the prolific forces in the Irish music scene so I think we will be in for a real treat.

Has RTÉ finally come to their senses and give Ireland a fighting chance at Eurovision all these years? It’s too early to tell, but at the moment, it looks promising. Really promising.

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