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Wednesday 21 November 2018

Eurovision is my last chance says ex-Wonderland beauty Kasey

FORMER Wonderland star Kasey Smith is hoping to hit all the right notes with audiences for her 'second chance' at fame.

The 22-year-old has joined forces with mentor Mairead Farrell, who selected her to stand in for Melanie McCabe and perform Kiss Me There on a Late Late Show Eurosong special on February 22.

Kasey said: "This is a great opportunity for me and I'm going to grab it with both hands and go for it. I was delighted to be asked and I'm so proud to be in with a chance to represent Ireland."

There was huge shock in September 2011 after she and fellow bandmates Jodi Albert, Sharon Condon, Corrina Durran and Leigh Learmont were dumped by Mercury records.

But Kasey said the experience with the band, co-managed by Kian Egan and Louis Walsh, only made her more determined.

"Believe me, I was so upset at the time. Music is all I want to do and I'm not going to spend all my life being scared of what's going to happen in the future. I might as well put myself out there and keep on going. This opportunity came to me and I figured there was nothing to lose and everything to win."

She also received messages of support from some of her former bandmates wishing her the best of luck on the live show later this month. And despite her time with the girlband, Kasey said she's even more anxious about her Late Late performance.

"In a way, it's like I'm starting all over again because back then, I had four other girls to lean on. This is me on my own but I like it and am gradually getting used to it. I've had over a year to find myself as a solo artist," she continued.

She hasn't been sitting on her laurels either. She spent time in London before flying to Nashville, US, for two months to write and record music with her uncle PJ Smith formerly of No Sweat fame.

Kasey and Mairead are one of the early Eurosong favourites but she insisted she just wants to give her best performance.

She described the song as "very dancy and energetic" and a typical Eurovision entry. But she has to beat off competition from four other rivals, including Shay Healy with Inchquin; Mark McCabe and Aimee Marguerite Fitzpatrick; Niall Mooney with Zoe Bohorquez alongside Stuart O'Connor and Ryan Dolan.

mfinn@herald.ie

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