Ireland have ditched their annual train-wreck of a national selection and brought in a bona fide star for 2016. But can name power alone get Nicky Byrne's pedestrian 'Sunlight' to the finals?
Perennial champions of yesteryear, Ireland seem trapped in a rut of Eurovision mediocrity of late. Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith's 'Heartbeat' ticks all the right boxes, but leaves you longing for the love-or-loathe vigour of Jedward.
Eurovision icon Linda Martin popped by Ireland's RTE Studios this weekend to talk about Malmö, Ryan Dolan and being mistaken for a drag queen, before delivering a true performance for the ages.