Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010

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Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Country Ireland
National selection
Selection processEurosong 2010
Selection date(s)5 March 2010
Selected entrantNiamh Kavanagh
Selected song"It's for You"
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (9th, 67 points)
Final result23rd, 25 points
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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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]

Eurosong 2010[edit]

Eurosong 2009 was the national final format developed by RTÉ in order to select Ireland's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. The competition was broadcast as a special edition of The Late Late Show held on 20 February 2009 and hosted by Ryan Tubridy. The competition was broadcast on RTÉ One as well as online at the RTÉ website and the official Eurovision Song Contest website ESCTV.[5][6]


Five artists and songs were selected to compete. A 50/50 combination of regional jury voting and public televoting determined the winner.[7]

Competing entries[edit]

Artists and composers were able to submit their entries for the competition between 10 December 2009 and 1 February 2010.[8] At the closing of the deadline, over 300 entries were received. A jury panel reviewed all of the submissions and selected five songs for the competition. The panel also reserved the right to select another performer for the selected songs if the initial performer was deemed unsuitable. The panel consisted of Eurovision 1992 winner Linda Martin, director of Universal Music Ireland Mark Crossingham, agent and choreographer Julian Benson, RTÉ Radio 1 Eurovision commentator Larry Gogan and president of OGAE Ireland Diarmuid Furlong.[9][10][11] The five finalists were revealed on 10 February 2010.[12]

Among the finalists were winner of the last season of Irish talent show You're a Star Leanne Moore, Eurosong 2009 participant Lee Bradshaw, member of Irish boyband Boyzone Mikey Graham, Bosnian singer and participant in the fifth season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar Monika Ivkić and Eurovision 1993 winner Niamh Kavanagh.[13][14][15] Among the composers were John Waters and Tommy Moran who composed the Irish 2007 entry "They Can't Stop the Spring" performed by Dervish, Marc Paelinck who composed the Belgian 2002 and 2004 and Maltese 2009 entries, Niall Mooney and Jonas Gladnikoff who composed the Irish 2009 entry "Et Cetera" and Ralph Siegel and John O'Flynn (Bernd Meinunger) who composed 16 Eurovision entries over 4 countries, including the 1982 Eurovision winning song "Ein bißchen Frieden". The five songs were presented on 4 March 2010 during the RTÉ Radio 1 programme The Derek Mooney Show.[16][17] The running order draw took place on 12 February 2010 in the presence of an independent auditor.[18]

Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
Leanne Moore "Does Heaven Need Much More?" John Waters (m & l), Tommy Moran (m & l)
Lee Bradshaw "River of Silence" Ralph Siegel (m), John O'Flynn (l), José Juan Santana Rodríguez (l)
Mikey Graham "Baby, Nothing's Wrong" Michael Graham (m & l), Scott Newman (m & l), Yann O'Brien (m & l)
Monika Ivkić "Fashion Queen" Marc Paelinck (m & l), Mathias Strasser (m & l)
Niamh Kavanagh "It's for You" Niall Mooney (m), Mårten Eriksson (m), Jonas Gladnikoff (m), Lina Eriksson (l)


The national final featured commentary from a panel that consisted of three-time former winner Johnny Logan, Eurovision 1970 winner Dana Rosemary Scallon, Eurovision 1992 runner-up Michael Ball and RTÉ One Eurovision commentator Marty Whelan.[19] Guest performers included Dana Rosemary Scallon performing "All Kinds of Everything" and Johnny Logan performing "What's Another Year". After the combination of votes from the six regional juries and the public televoting, "It's for You" performed by Niamh Kavanagh was selected as the winner.[15][20] Although the panel wanted Kavanagh to win before the selection took place, British actor Justin Lee Collins was not happy at this predicted result, as he submitted a song written by Ronan Keating, but was not selected as one of the finalist.

Final – 5 March 2010
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Leanne Moore "Does Heaven Need Much More?" 42 36 78 4
2 Lee Bradshaw "River of Silence" 26 24 50 5
3 Mikey Graham "Baby, Nothing's Wrong" 50 60 110 2
4 Monika Ivkić "Fashion Queen" 50 48 98 3
5 Niamh Kavanagh "It's for You" 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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  13. ^ Grillhofer, Florian (10 February 2010). "Ireland: Line-up for the national final revealed". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  14. ^ Spackman, Conor (11 February 2010). "Boyzone star Mikey Graham in Eurovision glory bid". BBC. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  15. ^ a b Schacht, Andreas (10 February 2010). "Ireland: Niamh Kavanagh back in national final". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  16. ^ Murray, Gavin (4 March 2010). "Ireland: All Eurosong 2010 songs online". ESCToday. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
  17. ^ "Mooney - Thursday, March 4th 2010". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
  18. ^ Murray, Gavin (12 February 2010). "Ireland: National final running order announced". ESCToday. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  19. ^ Grillhofer, Florian (5 March 2010). "Ireland: Tubridy excited about first time Eurosong show". ESCToday. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
  20. ^ Grillhofer, Florian (5 March 2010). "Ireland sends Niamh Kavangh to Eurovision". ESCToday. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
  21. ^ Klier, Marcus (7 February 2010). "Semi final allocation for Oslo determined". ESC Today. Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
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  23. ^ "RTÉ Television - Eurovision Song Contest 2010". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
  24. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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