Possible Artists: Ireland

Today sees our eighth edition of the ‘Possible Artists’ series and this particular installment of the series is concerned with my homeland of Ireland! Even though we’re the most successful country at Eurovision, we’ve started to flop in the Contest. So who would I personally choose to represent my home country?? Well you’re just going to have to read the article to find out!

Imelda May for Ireland please!
Imelda May for Ireland please!

So the first artist I would recommend to represent Ireland would be the rockabilly artist Imelda May. She is fairly famous in Ireland because of her genre of music and the fact she’s very different to what else is out in the Irish charts (I guess you could say that she’s the Irish version of Björk!). Her style of music is very retro and is instantly recognisable; so much so, that she has been endorsing a form of banking with her songs being played in the background. In 2008, she blasted onto the international with her debut solo album, charting in not only Ireland, but in the UK, France and even the US! This song was her first single from the album and became a huge hit in Ireland, despite only charting in position #88.

This song is a perfect example of Imelda’s musical style; a pop song with a 60’s rockabilly feel to it. Imelda’s voice suits the song perfectly and the song itself would have been suitable to send to Eurovision in 2009, as it was released in January of that year, easily passing the September 1st rule. If this song went to Eurovision, the song would have stood out like a sore thumb in Moscow and definitely have qualified, if the performance was strong enough to equal the song. Had it have reached the final, I would reckon it would have finished around 15th position… possibly. It may have been higher or lower, we shall never know! Another major single from Imelda is her highlight song from 2010; ‘Mayhem’.

‘Mayhem’ is more of a ‘everything is all over the place’ kinda song, and the lyrics talk about a recently separated couple so that’s bound to be all over the place! Like ‘Johnny’s Got A Boom Boom’, this song is now one of Imelda’s signature songs and it’s no wonder it’s her best charting single to date; coming in a very respectable #24 in the Irish charts. This song just about passed the September the 1st rule by only about 12 days, so the song could have gone to represent Ireland at Eurovision in Düsseldorf in 2011. As 2011 was a reasonably weak year (depending on your taste in music), this song may not have done so well as its predecessor, maybe failing to qualify from a very strong semi-final.

There are many rock artists that have come from Ireland such as U2, The Script and Aslan, but for my secondary recommendation, I would pick the artist Enya. Enya was mostly a one-hit-wonder in 1989 with her international hit ‘Orinoco Flow’, though it’s mostly recognised as ‘Sail Away’. The song reached No.1 in four countries and topped the European Hot List chart too. She later released a song in 2000, ‘Only Time’, that also did very well for her. but it wasn’t the song we remember when one hears the name Enya; that job is for ‘Orinoco Flow’, in all it’s beautiful glory. Definitely a strong choice for Ireland if RTÉ was to pick her.

Apart from Enya and Imelda, we’ve also picked these gems from the charts, who could do really well at Eurovision:

Bressie – “Can’t Stay Young Forever”
Kodaline – “High Hopes”
Wallis Bird – “Encore”

Your views:

So would you like to see Imelda or Enya represent Ireland at Eurovision? Or would you pick a different artist?

Would Enya or Imelda do Ireland justice at Eurovision?
Would Enya or Imelda do Ireland justice at Eurovision?

Richard West-Soley from the United Kingdom: The Script please!!

Michael Romano from Australia: I think she’d be a good choice for Ireland, it’s something different than they have sent before and she has potential to do well.

Brandon McCann from Northern Ireland (he’s a reporter for escdaily, so you should take a look!): I don’t know Imelda May but I would be interested in Enya but I’m worried she can still sing awesome for it. If the Corrs got back together that would be awesome, would also be interested in the The Cranberries doing it. But I think most Irish people would be very interested in one of the Westlife singers singing for Eurovision.

Samantha Ross from the United States (a reporter for escinsight and runs the blog escinsider): Honestly, I don’t know Imelda May’s work, and was never a huge Enya fan…I’m probably not the best person to ask!

So it seems that Imelda May would be a rookie for the Eurovision fans, as she isn’t well known. That, however, could work to her advantage, as she could start anew and become a hit all over Europe! But what would you think? Would you recommend the artists above to RTÉ or would you pick another artist? Feel free to let us know by commenting below!

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