Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Semi 2: 07 Ireland / Sunlight
After two consecutive years getting stuck in the semi, RTÉ had had it and scrapped their national final. Good idea. If there is one national final that should have been scrapped years ago, it is the Irish one. Or at least it would need a serious reboot.
Instead of any reboot the Irish decided to internally select Nicky Byrne, former global pop star with Westlife as well as a prominent figure in RTÉ's own broadcasting. That came in handy.
The thing that really surprises me here is that the internally selected entry sounds remarkably much like the kind of song that would have won the Irish national final anyway. And then get stuck in the semi. Why didn't they use this opportunity to find something fresh and new and exciting instead of this really dated production?
No. This one feels like a song destined to end in 12th place on a Thursday night.
My grade: 1/5
Nicky Byrne / Sunlight (Ireland 2016 preview clip)