Ireland: Can-linn feat. Kasey Smith

Ireland Canlinn

The victors of this year’s Irish national selection are traditional band Can-linn and young singer Kasey Smith (who you might recognise as one of last year’s contestant for the Irish spot), with Heartbeat. They trumped four other acts including former X Factor kid Eoghan Quigg with their Celtic vibe, fiddle, bodhrán and all. Ireland placed an all-time low – 26th – at last year’s final. So, basically, anything is an improvement for the country who have traditionally done extremely well at Eurovision, but Can-linn already look set to storm the final.

All Kinds of Everything: interview with @kaseykaysmith


Babushki4 vs. Lordi4

WINNER: Lordi

You’d have to give it to Lordi. They offered something completely different and really went for it, surprising everyone with the win. Plus, they had a guy grow wings on stage and ‘fly’. You don’t get that at Eurovision very often!

ABBA4 vs.  Celine4

WINNER: ABBA

Great as Celine Dion’s Eurovision song was, it has to be ABBA for me. With ABBA it’s not just about the music, which in itself was fantastic, but also the fashion and the style. I don’t think anyone embodied, for an entire generation, what the Eurovision was all about better than ABBA did. Waterloo is a classic song that, for a lot of people, made the Eurovision a household name.

Who do you think will win Eurovision 2014?

That’s a very tough one to call. I know the bookmakers are torn between Aram Mp3 and Sanna Nielsen, but it would be very foolish to rule out Molly, Ruth Lorenzo and a few others. There’s about ten or twelve very strong acts this year who all stand a very good chance of winning – hopefully Ireland will be among them. I’d say it will be a close race.

Who is your favourite Eurovision act of all time?

Loreen’s Euphoria is one of my favourite songs of all time so that’s the winner for me.

If I had to pick someone from my home county, it would be Johnny Logan. He brought the Eurovision home for Ireland twice. Hold Me Now is probably my favourite Irish Eurovision song of all time.

How do you normally watch the Eurovision Song Contest?

My Eurovision tradition usually involves the couch at home with as many family members as possible and it has been like that for as long as I can remember. I think I was four when I got to watch my first Eurovision which I watched with my mam and nan. That tradition has scarcely changed down through the years. Well, except for this year. It’ll be VERY different for me this time!

Will your Irish dancers be at the live shows?  

They are indeed. We’ve got a much bigger stage to work with than we did at the Irish Eurosong final, meaning we can do a lot more interesting things. I’d rather not give too much away, but I think people will be pleasantly surprised by what we have in store for our live show.

Which of this year’s acts would you most like to work with?

That’s a good question as there are a lot of really good acts this year who look like they would be a lot of fun to work with. Firelight from Malta were one of the first acts to get in touch with us after we qualified; they have a nice variety of acoustic style instruments which would make a collaboration very interesting indeed.

Personally, I think a duet with Molly could be really cool. I’d say our voices would work really well together on stage. That might be worth looking into some day.

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Heartbeat is that perfect blend of tradition, modernity and Adele. It’s straightforward – something that a lot of Eurovision wannabes could do with learning – and charming…although not every country has the acoustically-pleasant advantage of string instruments as a nationally treasured sound, so I will forgive Belarus, San Marino et al. that

I hope Can-Linn help Ireland regain its rightful place in the top ten, having consistently used what appears to be the most common sense of all competitors in their selections. But please, please producers, let the Irish dancers stay. You can’t have a fiddle without Irish dancing. (I am available if you need to up the numbers/gender balance.)

Contagious rating: 7/10

 

 

Heartbeat

White lightening upon us again
The wall is now paper thin
And soon the sun’s breaking in
Don’t you know, know…

How the world is not always true
Still my truth will remain in you
We’ll be braver and start anew
I know, know…

Ooh…
When the ocean’s way too deep

Keep your head high above the water
We can make it and break the border
Hold on to my heartbeat
My heartbeat, my heartbeat
Face the danger and face tomorrow
You’re a dreamer and you don’t know
That no story is carved in stone
Just hold on to my heartbeat
My heartbeat

The ground may be caving in
And some wounds they may never mend
But we’ll rise up and try again
I know, know…

Ooh…
When the shore gets hard to see

Keep your head high above the water
We can make it and break the border
Hold on to my heartbeat
My heartbeat, my heartbeat
Face the danger and face tomorrow
You’re a dreamer and you don’t know
That no story is carved in stone
Just hold on to my heartbeat
My heartbeat

Keep your head high above the water
We can make it and break the border
Hold on to my heartbeat
My heartbeat, my heartbeat
Face the danger and face tomorrow
You’re a dreamer and you don’t know
That no story is carved in stone
Just hold on to my heartbeat
My heartbeat

Courtesy of Eurovision.tv