One month ago RTE started airing a new show called “The HIT”. There songwriters offer their songs to established artists. When the song is recorded and performed live, people can start downloading it.
The winner of the week is the song with the most downloads and it goes to the Grand Final. One of the winners is Eurovision legend Johnny Logan with his new song “Prayin'”. In first week his song was at spot #3, but already in the next one it dropped on spot #90. The song Johnny competed to didn’t manage to stay in 100 best.
The latest winner is Samantha Mumba with her song “Somebody Like Me”. She won her battle against Republic of Loose.
Next to these two in the Grand Final we will see Ryan O’Shaughnessy with the song “Who Do You Love?” and rock band The Stunning with their song “Run & Hide”, plus another qualifier from a battle between Mundy and Finbar Furey.
The Grand Final will be held at O2 Arena in Dublin with the support of RTE’s concert orchestra, where the ultimate winner and the hit will be chosen by public voting.
source : rte.ie, eurovisionireland.net