New details about Ireland's Eurosong national selection revealed on the Éirevision podcast!
Here are the take home points from this in-depth interview with the Irish Head of Delegation.
- Over 300 entries were received for Eurovision for Ireland
- About 70% were ineligible or of inadequate quality
- Approx 60 songs have been shortlisted and are currently being whittled down to a list of 6 that will perform in the Eurosong show, provisionally set for February 3rd
- In parallel, RTÉ have been in discussions with established acts to offer them a fast-tracked admission to the Eurosong selection
- In a change this year, the studio panel will no longer vote as a jury; a separate jury will vote as a national jury which will be combined with a public vote and an international jury
- A studio panel will still take part but it is planned that they will be encourage to speak frankly about the merits or otherwise of the songs
- A stand-alone national final is still on the agenda in RTÉ, but limited resources at the broadcaster have been prohibitive to date