Posts Tagged ‘Donna MacCaul’

24
Feb

Eurosong is douze points for Late Late

Written by Frank. Posted in National Finals

Eurosong is douze points for Late Late

VIEWERSHIP OF the Late Late Show tends to spike over the course of a programme whenever Irish guests get their Tubridy-time, meaning RTÉ will be all too happy to devote tomorrow’s show to that most Irish of traditions, Eurovision.

Excluding December’s record-breaking Toy Show audience, the most-watched edition of the Late Late last year was February 11th, when the Lipstick -singing Jedward were chosen as Ireland’s representatives – an average of 886,100 viewers tuned in to see this peroxide-tinged conclusion.

So what to expect of Eurosong 2012? With crushing inevitability, Jedward are back, this time with Waterline , described by music blog Popjustice as “a Backstreet [Boys] vs Busted banger of Eurovision-winning proportions”.

Oh dear. Deserving second-favourite, and reassuringly less likely to romp home in Azerbaijan, is Donna McCaul’s track Mercy – as fitting a Eurovision title as you can get. Alarmingly, both acts have called in the writing and/or production talents of pop’s peerless professionals: the Swedish.

From the IrishTImes.com

23
Feb

RTE Hold Eurosong rehersals

Written by Frank. Posted in National Finals

From RTE.ie

Ryan Tubridy has admitted that he was a late-comer to the joys of the Eurovision but added he is looking forward to tomorrow night’s selection on The Late Late Show of Ireland’s entry for the 2012 contest.

Speaking to RTÉ TEN about whether he has always been a Eurovision groupie Tubridy confessed: “No, I haven’t. I have come to the Eurovision quite late in life, obviously I grew up with it.

“When you present this show, part of the joy is that you get to present the Eurosong once a year. It’s kind of like a bizarre version of the Toy Show.”

 

Tubridy was photographed this afternoon with the Eurovision hopefuls to launch tomorrow night’s vote for Ireland’s entry

The five acts, and their mentors, in order of their performance on tomorrow night’s Late Late Show, are: Celtic Aura with Maria McCool and mentor (former Bewitched singer) Edele Lynch, Donna McCaul with mentor Bill Hughes, Andrew Mann with mentor Greg French, duo Úna Gibney and David Shannon whose mentor is Julian Benson and Jedward, who have Linda Martin as their mentor.

Following last year’s experience, which saw Jedward placed in eighth place, the lads believe it’s a case of “second time lucky” and that they can win it this year: “Definitely. Last year we came eighth and we were totally unknown and this year 100% yes.”

They are performing Waterline last on tomorrow’s night Late Late Show which they think “is really cool because last year I think we performed second or third and this year it’s really great that we’re performing last because usually the best song is the finale in everyone’s concert.”

Former Eurovision winner, Linda Martin is returning to the competition, this time as Jedward’s mentor and is clear about what she’s bringing to their table: “A little bit of experience but most of all a calming influence!”

This year the voting will once again be split evenly between a public phone vote and a regional jury, however the boys are not worried: “I think overall our song is the coolest, it has guitar, it has piano and it appeals to loads of people.

“Even if you don’t understand what the song means, everyone knows what water is and everyone drinks water to hydrate themselves and everyone wants Jedward to do good!”

Mentor Martin added: “And it’s a love song, this is the first time the boys have sung a love song. Waterline is actually a metaphor for falling in love.”

Donna McCaul, all grown up and singing solo tomorrow night, supported by mentor Bill Hughes

To those who think that Jedward has it in the bag, Tubridy adds: “Truthfully I haven’t heard the songs yet. Jedward have been there before so they have the advantage in that sense but so has Donna McCaul. I think there’s a fight in it.”

McCaul’s mentor, Bill Hughes agrees: “We think it’s a very strong pop song. When I was first asked to mentor I thought Ireland needs a pop song somewhere in between Lady Gaga and Steps and I think we’ve found it… I also thought it needed a really big voice and I have worked with Donna a lot over the years. and she’s always managed to blow the room away and I thought I have to work with this voice and get her in.”

Hughes said of Jedward: “They’re great and they just do what they do.

“We’re going for the song – we feel we have the strongest song and we feel we have the strongest singer.”

It is seven years since Donna sang for Ireland with her brother Joseph: “I was young, we were very, very young. To go back now after 2005, saying that wasn’t me then, this is me now, this is my voice. This is a song that I’m going to represent Ireland with and knock their socks off – I’m a completely different person, I was only going on 20 and I’m 27 now.”

Niall Horan from One Direction has also come out in favour of McCaul: “He was questioned by one of the newspapers about ‘Who were you backing for Eurosong?’ and he was like ‘My very own Donna McCaul from Westmeath’ so it was nice. I haven’t met him but he’s my new best friend!”

Speaking about the mentors, Tubridy said: “I think it adds a little credibility to the affair because they’re people with a proven track record.”

If Ireland were to win the Eurovision, would he present? “Of course, I’d set up an exploratory committee into the sparkle factor required for the presenter of the Eurovision. No, of course I would, I’d be honoured to do such a thing.

“I think we’ll win it, I think we’re due it, I’ve got a really good vibe about this year, 2012, in Ireland.Things are good, the sun is coming out again and hopefully it’ll be reflected with a good time out in Azerbaijan and hopefully Ireland can come home with a bit of silverware.”

Incidentally Tubridy has taken part in a Late Late Show skit which will air on Republic of Telly on Monday night on RTÉ Two, which he promises is well worth watching.

Tubridy unveils Eurosong hopefuls

Thursday 23 February 2012

Ryan Tubridy has admitted that he was a late-comer to the joys of the Eurovision but added he is looking forward to tomorrow night’s selection on The Late Late Show of Ireland’s entry for the 2012 contest.
Jedward are amongst the five Eurovision hopefuls

Jedward are amongst the five Eurovision hopefuls

Speaking to RTÉ TEN about whether he has always been a Eurovision groupie Tubridy confessed: “No, I haven’t. I have come to the Eurovision quite late in life, obviously I grew up with it.

“When you present this show, part of the joy is that you get to present the Eurosong once a year. It’s kind of like a bizarre version of the Toy Show.”

Tubridy was photographed this afternoon with the Eurovision hopefuls to launch tomorrow night’s vote for Ireland’s entry

The five acts, and their mentors, in order of their performance on tomorrow night’s Late Late Show, are: Celtic Aura with Maria McCool and mentor (former Bewitched singer) Edele Lynch, Donna McCaul with mentor Bill Hughes, Andrew Mann with mentor Greg French, duo Úna Gibney and David Shannon whose mentor is Julian Benson and Jedward, who have Linda Martin as their mentor.

Following last year’s experience, which saw Jedward placed in eighth place, the lads believe it’s a case of “second time lucky” and that they can win it this year: “Definitely. Last year we came eighth and we were totally unknown and this year 100% yes.”

They are performing Waterline last on tomorrow’s night Late Late Show which they think “is really cool because last year I think we performed second or third and this year it’s really great that we’re performing last because usually the best song is the finale in everyone’s concert.”

Former Eurovision winner, Linda Martin is returning to the competition, this time as Jedward’s mentor and is clear about what she’s bringing to their table: “A little bit of experience but most of all a calming influence!”

This year the voting will once again be split evenly between a public phone vote and a regional jury, however the boys are not worried: “I think overall our song is the coolest, it has guitar, it has piano and it appeals to loads of people.

“Even if you don’t understand what the song means, everyone knows what water is and everyone drinks water to hydrate themselves and everyone wants Jedward to do good!”

Mentor Martin added: “And it’s a love song, this is the first time the boys have sung a love song. Waterline is actually a metaphor for falling in love.”

Donna McCaul, all grown up and singing solo tomorrow night, supported by mentor Bill Hughes

To those who think that Jedward has it in the bag, Tubridy adds: “Truthfully I haven’t heard the songs yet. Jedward have been there before so they have the advantage in that sense but so has Donna McCaul. I think there’s a fight in it.”

McCaul’s mentor, Bill Hughes agrees: “We think it’s a very strong pop song. When I was first asked to mentor I thought Ireland needs a pop song somewhere in between Lady Gaga and Steps and I think we’ve found it… I also thought it needed a really big voice and I have worked with Donna a lot over the years. and she’s always managed to blow the room away and I thought I have to work with this voice and get her in.”

Hughes said of Jedward: “They’re great and they just do what they do.

“We’re going for the song – we feel we have the strongest song and we feel we have the strongest singer.”

It is seven years since Donna sang for Ireland with her brother Joseph: “I was young, we were very, very young. To go back now after 2005, saying that wasn’t me then, this is me now, this is my voice. This is a song that I’m going to represent Ireland with and knock their socks off – I’m a completely different person, I was only going on 20 and I’m 27 now.”

Niall Horan from One Direction has also come out in favour of McCaul: “He was questioned by one of the newspapers about ‘Who were you backing for Eurosong?’ and he was like ‘My very own Donna McCaul from Westmeath’ so it was nice. I haven’t met him but he’s my new best friend!”

Speaking about the mentors, Tubridy said: “I think it adds a little credibility to the affair because they’re people with a proven track record.”

If Ireland were to win the Eurovision, would he present? “Of course, I’d set up an exploratory committee into the sparkle factor required for the presenter of the Eurovision. No, of course I would, I’d be honoured to do such a thing.

“I think we’ll win it, I think we’re due it, I’ve got a really good vibe about this year, 2012, in Ireland.Things are good, the sun is coming out again and hopefully it’ll be reflected with a good time out in Azerbaijan and hopefully Ireland can come home with a bit of silverware.”

Incidentally Tubridy has taken part in a Late Late Show skit which will air on Republic of Telly on Monday night on RTÉ Two, which he promises is well worth watching.

Duo Úna Gibney and David Shannon

Singers and their songs:

Celtic Aura with Maria McCool’s song is entitled Mistaken, written by Edele Lynch.

Donna McCaul’s song is entitled Mercy, written by Marten Ericsson, Peter Mansson, Lina Ericsson and Bill Hughes.

Andrew Mann’s song is Here I Am, written by Greg French

Úna Gibney and David Shannon’s song is Language of Love, written by Eanan Patterson and Julian Benson.

Jedward’s song is Waterline, written by Nick Jarl.

Watch the Eurovision hopefuls perform on The Late Late Show tomorrow night, Friday February 24, on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.

09
Feb

The Irish songs in full

Written by Frank. Posted in National Finals

Well now, wasn’t that exciting? To everyone who was listening today the Irish entrants were announced on RTÉ Radio 1.

 

And here they are in full, with all the proper titles, running orders and other things :)

 

1 – Maria McCool & Celctic Whisper – Mistaken

2 – Donna MacCaul – Mercy

3 – Andrew Mann – Here I Am

4 – Una Gibney and David Shannon – Language of Love

5 – Jedward – Waterline

The latest odds from Paddypower: Jedward 4/11,Donna McCaul 11/4,Andrew Mann 8/1,David & Una 20/1,Maria McCool 20/1

 

But who do you think will win?

 

The songs and artists will be competing in the live final to take place on the Eurosong 2012 special of the Late Late show on Firday February 24th on RTE1.

02
Feb

Meet the Irish

Written by Frank. Posted in National Finals

5 acts and their mentors have been announced for Eurosong 2012, so who will be Ireland’s representative in Baku? Some of the names of the songs have been released but it has been releaved that they are not all correct, we will update once they are confirmed as correct.

1: Act: Maria McCool – “Tears of an Angel”

Donegal singer Maria McCool, from Enya’s hometown of Gweedore, is believed to be singing a Celtic-style melody similar to “The Voice” by Eimear Quinn. It may even be in Irish – only rumours so far. She will be mentored by Edele Lynch.

Mentor: Edele Lynch is a successful singer and songwriter. She made her name as member of Bewitched, their album, which Lynch wrote, sold 6 million copies worldwide. Lynch has also written songs for Girls Aloud, Sugababes and more recently has been in the band Barbarellas and has written their album NightMode.

 

2: Act: Donna MacCaul – “Rocket Launch” (unconfirmed song name)

in 2005, Donna and her brother Joe threw themselves into the somewhat daunting but very exciting and in many cases, enviable task of representing Ireland with their song “Love?”. Written by Lina and Marten Eriksson who also wrote Niamh Kavanagh’s song back in 2010, this time around it is a A “Katy Perry-esque” pop song

Mentor: Bill Hughes has been an independent television professional for 26 years with over 1000 hours of music, entertainment and documentary programmes to his credit. Hughes, alongside Louis Walsh and Linda Martin, was a judge on Irish television sensation Popstars and has also done jury duty on a number of shows including RTÉ’s You’re A Star.

 

3: Act: Una Gibney and David Shannon “Language of Love”

A duet between Una Gibney and David Shannon is the third performing act for Eurosong so far. Una performed in Michael Flatley’s “Celtic Tiger” whilst David took the lead roles in a few west end musicals.

Mentor: Show business agent Julian Benson is mentoring Una Gibney and David Shannon. Benson is a show business agent and choreographer. He has a keen interest in the ESC and has served RTÉ’s song selection committee several times in the past.  He has also co-written their song with composer Éanán Patterson.

 

4 Act: Andrew Mann, “Here I Am

Andrew Mann is an extraordinary and gifted Irish singer and writer who has been performing professionally around Ireland and Europe for the last six years. After writing literally hundreds of songs over the last ten years he has been lucky enough to perform nationwide tours in Ireland, Austria, France and Spain and has also had the pleasure of rubbing shoulders with New York’s industry glitterati, doing many show case gigs in the big apple.

Mentor: Greg French is a member of The Brilliant Things and works as a music producer/songwriter and for television.


5 Act: Jedward “Waterline”

Really? Do we need to write anything in here? Ok :) Jedward were in the UK X-Factor in 2009 where they shot to fame, last year they represented Ireland with the infamous “Lipstick”.

MentorLinda Martin needs no introduction to ESC matters, having, as a performer, won the contest in 1992 and come 2nd in 1984. Linda also chaired the RTÉ Eurovision Song Selection Committee in 2009 to 2010. And also makes the most fabulous drag queen.

 

All five entries will be performed live for the on The Late Late Show Eurosong 2012 on the 24th of February, 2012. Once again the winner will be decided by a combination of public vote and regional jury.