Ireland

Ireland Second Rehearsal

Nicky seems to sound a lot less nervous than he did a couple of days ago. Vocals have been tidied up and that's a major improvement.

Everything else has pretty much stayed the same in terms of his performance. There's a bit more communication going on now with the audience, when Nicky uses the catwalk to the smaller platform.

A major improvement, well done Ireland!

Guest blog by Keith Mills on Ireland's Eurovision situation.

One day after the semi-final that has seen Ireland once again fail to make the Eurovision final, I think it’s time I put my thoughts on the record. This isn’t Ireland’s first semi-final failure, but rather the fourth, although that does not in any way deflect from the fact that this is a new low in Irish Eurovision history. To fail to make the Top 10 in a 15 song semi with the U.K. voting is nothing short of disastrous and given the performance we saw last night, it’s frankly embarrassing for a country with the best Eurovision history.

I don’t intend to point fingers but the responsibility clearly is on the shoulders of RTÉ, who now have to take the financial hit of lower ratings and advertising revenue on Saturday night. The question has to be asked is if RTÉ are in this contest to win it, or are they just content at qualification and a seat at the top table. It appears to many people that our national broadcaster has neither the ambition nor insight into bring the contest back to Ireland. So where did it all go wrong?

THE FORMAT
It should have been clear after the last couple of years that the format of having five mentors most of whom had no Eurovision pedigree was not finding a high enough standard of songs and acts. This “closed shop” system only encouraged cronyism rather than a proper open search for a Eurovision winning song and performer.

THE SONG
I find it hard to believe that in a country with some of the greatest songwriters, that we had to go to Scandinavia for input into five of our last six entries. Last year RTÉ’s “The Hit” tapped into the depth of untapped songwriting talent that we still have. Why are we not looking at those talented composers and lyricists for Eurovision?

THE SELECTION
Having our Eurovision entry chosen on “The Late Late Show” with its postage stamp soundstage, clearly unenthusiastic presenter and an audience and voting public which is far older than Eurovision’s is clearly not the way to proceed. How can you possibly judge how a song would look on a giant Eurovision stage using this option? I’m not going to mention the Linda Martin/ Billy McGuinnes spat, but that was an accident waiting to happen having an unnecessary panel in the show.

THE PRESENTATION
It appears that twenty years after “Riverdance wowed the Eurovision viewers that no one understands that everyone has now seen over-choreographed Irish dancing and that they don’t want to see it again. Far from being a help to our Eurovision entry, going down this road takes from it. However it wasn’t just the dancing that was wrong with the “my big fat gypsy Eurovision entry”; the costume, the Ronseal make-up and the gaudy eyesore that was the floor and backdrop competed to be the worst element of this dog’s dinner of a presentation.

THE SINGER
Whether she was uncomfortable with the staging, camera shots or just generally down in the mouth, nothing about Kasey Smith’s performance looked comfortable or confident. She may be a fine singer but she clearly was not at ease on that stage. The entry was chosen in February and RTÉ and the team had two months to give her the performance experience to look more comfortable, but offers to appear in Amsterdam, London and thereby gain some stagecraft were rejected.

THE MONEY
At the end of the day the question comes down to whether RTÉ wants to win and has the money to host. DR has been very reticent as to how much this contest is costing the Danish licence holder. It doesn’t have to be that expensive, with a big arena and high ticket prices, corporate sponsorship and the facilities already in place in Ireland, we could stage a fantastic Eurovision that wouldn’t break the bank and would showcase 21st Century Ireland to the World.

Party, party, PARTY......

So last night was probably the busiest night for the parties so far

First up was the Italian party in the smaller venue at Euroclub, hosted by the ever helpful and upbeat Italian delegation....

Emma performed a long set of her music and rocked it up on the stage to a packed crowd of gathered press and local VIPs.

Video clips available on our normal youtube account......https://youtube.com/user/EurovisionKZ/videos

Next up was Ireland......as always seems to be the case now this was hosted in the local Irish Bar, The Shamrock Bar in central Copenhagen....

Massively crowded but anyone who has ever been to Ireland will totally understand that this is just how thing's are in Ireland so we all felt totally at home....

Food was provided and a free bar for the delegations....

Performances from Malta, Norway and of course Can-Linn and Kasey Smith....https://youtube.com/user/EurovisionKZ/videos

Final party of the night was the huge open to everybody Israeli Party.....Mei Fingold and her delegation threw open the doors of the large venue in Euroclub and welcomed anybody who wanted to celebrate on the eve of their Independence Day today.

Euroclub was packed to the rafters with hundreds of people who came to see not only Mei but performances from Georgia, France, Austria and Malta.....