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Olivier Rocher from France
In a surprise move, Irish broadcaster was one of the first countries to reveal their act for Stockholm. “Sunshine” is a true Euro-pop song, performed by the charismatic Nicky. The track is pleasant though not very original, and the outcome is highly difficult to predict. It’s a very radio-friendly tune but the weakest part of the Irish entry will be the live performance. So far, Nicky hasn’t managed to convince me he was a great performer… Lot of work to be done by May 12th!
Andreas Athanasiou from Greece
The Eurovision Song Contest triumphant has let me down a little bit to be honest. I used to like Westlife when I was 10 and originally thought Nick would be a very interesting addition to the contest. When the song was released i thought it is a nice entry that might qualify for the final but after his live performance I was disappointed by the lack of passion and energy. Plus his voice wasn’t doing anything good for the song. A weak entry to me.
Fred Medeiros from United Kingdom
Being the most successful country in Eurovision you’d think that Irish entries would be a dead certain qualifier but since the introduction of the semifinals Ireland have have failed to qualify 5 times, including the last two years. Their qualifying entries haven’t fared much better with only 2 top 10 finishes and finishing last twice as well. RTÉ have internally selected a boy band member from one of their most successful boy bands in the world. Nicky Byrne has given Ireland’s Eurovision votes for the previous three but this is first time he will grace the stage. Sunlight, co-written by Byrne, is a rock/pop mid tempo love song which has a commercial radio sound. The problem with Irish entries of late is presentation. I believe Sunlight will struggle due to the rock concert style performance of a lead singer standing on stage with the all-important band and the fact that they are performing third in the second semifinal. Unfortunately as much as I like this song I think it will be forgotten.
*oikopanel is consisted of Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece), Morten Kaiser (Denmark), Jaime Solloso (Spain), Olivier Rocher (France), Victor Cruz Lafuente (Spain), Luka Popovic (Serbia), Alenka Alexandrovic (Switzerland) and Andreas Athanasiou (Greece)