Third act for Irish Eurosong contest revealed


A DOUBLE act consisting of Una Gibney and David Shannon has been confirmed as the third act in a five-act race to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The finalists will battle it out on The Late Late ShowEurosong 2012 show on February 24th.

They will compete against Jedward and Donna McCaul in a bid to represent Ireland in the contest in Baku, Azerbaijan, in May.

It is expected that the remaining two acts and the five song titles will be officially announced this weekend.

RTÉ appointed five mentors from different backgrounds in the music and entertainment industry in Ireland and gave them the responsibility of sourcing the acts and songs.

Show business agent Julian Benson is mentoring Una Gibney and David Shannon. He has also co-written their song with composer Éanán Patterson.

Mr Patterson is the son of Eily O’Grady and the late tenor Frank Patterson.

Gibney, a singer with the band Boogie Nights, spent a year on tour singing with Michael Flatley’s show Celtic Tiger.

Shannon, who was cast in the touring production of Les Misérables, has worked in London’s West End ever since, playing leading roles in shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Catsand Sweeney Todd.

Jedward represented Ireland last year in the Fortuna Arena in Dusseldorf and came a respectable eighth. The twins are being mentored this year by former Eurovision Song Contest winner Linda Martin, who won the event in 1992 and came second in 1984.

Donna McCaul represented the country – with her brother Joe – in Kiev in 2005, but failed to qualify for the song contest final. She is being mentored this year by independent producer and director Bill Hughes.

The other two mentors – whose acts are due to be revealed this weekend – are music producer and songwriter Greg French, who is a member of The Brilliant Things, and Edele Lynch, a successful singer and songwriter who made her name as a member of B*witched.

Their album, which Lynch wrote, sold six million copies worldwide.

Lynch has also written songs for Girls Aloud, Sugababes, and more recently has been in the band Barbarellas and has written their album NightMode.