Six musical acts are hoping to get Ireland to the Eurovision final for the first time in four years.
Erica-Cody, AILSHA, JyellowL, Isabella Kearney, Bambie Thug and Next in Line will be courting the public on the Late Late Show on Friday night in the hope of heading to Malmo in Sweden.
From R&B and pop to techno-rock and electro-goth, it is one of the most electic Eurosong line-ups ever seen.
Here is what we know about this year's contenders.
"Love Me Like I Do"
Erica-Cody is a Pop/R&B artist, writer and producer, and a dominant figure in the Irish music scene. With eclectic styling and hard-hitting lyrics, Erica-Cody provides listeners with upbeat pop and R&B numbers that promote self-love and confidence. An independent artist since 2017, Cody is no stranger to adversity, and she continues to actively write, record, release, promo and repeat with her small but growing team. Her singles include Better Days, Back to Basics and Queen which culminated in the release of her second EP Love & Light in 2021. With each release, Cody’s popularity grows.
Meet AILSHA one of Ireland's most captivating rock sensations of the decade, as praised by Hot Press Magazine. AILSHA's music is at the forefront of the current rock revival and has taken the music scene by storm in 2023 with four consecutive releases featured on BBC Radio One. A pink and playful aesthetic adds an extra layer of excitement to the Wicklow native’s performances. AILSHA is no stranger to the stage, having graced festivals like Electric Picnic and recently selling out a headline show with MCD Productions. Her song Go Tobann has a humorous twist, as it speaks to the Irish experience of learning the language in school, only to remember a few cherished phrases like ‘Go Tobann’.
Performer: JyellowL (AKA Jean-Luc Uddoh) featuring Toshín
The horizon is limitless for Irish rapper JyellowL, who continues to unleash music that connects a multiplicity of origins and cutting-edge collaborations while shaping his own distinct and undeniable voice. His debut album 2020 D| Vision was nominated for Irish Album of the Year 2020 at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Awards and debuted at number two on the official iTunes album charts. The success continued with tours with the likes of Nelly, The Game and De La Soul, placements on EA sports’ FIFA soundtrack, Hulu original and Oscar-winning show Normal People and a multi-award-winning campaign with global telecom provider Virgin Media. J has proved he was one to keep an eye on.
"Let Me Be The Fire"
Performer: Isabella Kearney
Isabella Kearney is an accomplished singer/songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. Growing up between Ireland and Australia, Isabella began her musical journey at the age of 14. First signing to Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 2018, Isabella went on to work with critically acclaimed artists and writers. Isabella’s songwriting successes have included the single Jealous on Jessica Mauboy’s album Hilda and the single Only Thing Missing written with The Orphanage on Guy Sebastian’s album T.R.U.T.H. Isabella also co-wrote the single Conditions which was chosen as a finalist on the show Songland and Matt Gresham’s single Who Am I Now which was performed on The Voice Australia in 2020 and reached number one on iTunes Australia chart.
Performer: Bambie Thug
Cork-born Bambie Thug is a force to be reckoned with, a completely independent artist who has amassed over 45,000 monthly listeners via their unique, self-styled “Ouija Pop”. Known for incredible live performances, Bambie was most recently seen performing at the packed-out Download Festival Debut. Bambie is also prolific songwriter with amassed streams of 60 million on music written for other artists of varying genres, (Cassyette, Kidbrunswick, Fabich, Fika and more), instrumentals in some of the UKs biggest nu-gen hits (Dear Goth, Petrichor, 4am) and inclusion on HBO’s Sex And The City reboot Just Like That.
"Love Like Us"
Performer: Next in Line
Next In Line is a brand-new Irish boyband made up of members Conor Davis, Joshua Regala, Conor O’Farrell, Neung Kelly and Harry O’Connell, ranging in age from 18-22. The band was formed by music manager Louis Walsh. Since then, the band has made public appearances on TV, including a performance on The Late Late Show, and recently have gigged as far as Abu Dhabi. The band has also been working hard in the studio over the last few months with critically acclaimed producers and artists.