Eurosong hits a sour note for hunk Lee as rival gets head start
The six Eurosong finalists haven't even performed their songs in front of the nation --but already the fur is flying among this year's hopefuls.
Former model Lee Bradshaw (28) has told the Diary of his surprise after a rival's song was posted on YouTube ahead of tomorrow's Late Late showdown.
However hunky Lee, whose brother is celebrity hairdresser Dylan Bradshaw and is also a familiar face on RTE's The Restaurant, has said he would rather wait to perform his song, called So What.
"There are all kinds of gimmicks going on to get people to listen to their songs first. We're sticking by the rules and to what we have been told at the start where we can't airplay our songs in advance. But to be honest, we believe our song is strong enough in its own right.
"We would rather leave it until tomorrow night, which was when we were told we'd be performing it and not jump the gun before then."
Eyebrows were raised this week after it emerged that Kristina Zaharova's song I Wish I Could Pretend had already been put up on the popular YouTube website.
According to RTE guidelines, none of the songs can be made public until they say so and the song's composer was asked to remove it from the site.
No stranger to the cut-throat world of showbiz, Lee was once in a band called Men2Be at the tender age of 17 who went on to be signed with President records in London. He worked as a model, then set up his own eaterie, Restaurant 21 in Kerry.
But he never gave up his passion for music and jumped at the chance to get involved in Eurosong when contacted by songwriters Billy Larkin and Kevin Breathnach.
Lee described So What as a "Westlife-type ballad" and thinks it could be just the ticket to win over audiences.
The six finalists' songs will be played for the first time on Irish radio this afternoon, with Derek Mooney giving listeners a sneak preview on his show.
Tomorrow night will see the contestants going head-to-head in a public vote on Pat Kenny's show. The winner will be decided by 50 pc tele-voting and 50pc of a regional jury vote.
The winning contestant will go on to represent Ireland at the semi-finals in Moscow which start on May 12.