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Wednesday 17 October 2018

We're off to the Eurovision contest with a true Euro song and a sassy girl to sing it

STAR TURN: Sinead Mulvey and Black Daisy won the vote to represent
Ireland at the Eurovision competition
STAR TURN: Sinead Mulvey and Black Daisy won the vote to represent Ireland at the Eurovision competition

Former You're A Star contestant Sinead Mulvey has been chosen to represent Ireland at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

Dubliner Sinead, along with Limerick-based band Black Daisy, were crowned the winners of Eurosong with the song Et Cetera.

Described as "High School Musical meets Pink", they will now compete in the 54th annual contest in Moscow in May.

Sassy Sinead,was among six acts which performed on a Late Late Show Eurosong TV special in a bid to represent Ireland at this year's song contest.

A shocked Sinead was chosen by the public after winning over the heat's judging panel, composed of controversial US talk show host Jerry Springer, former Eurovision winner Linda Martin and RTE veteran Martin Whelan.

The pop-rock tune, composers by Niall Mooney, Jonas Gladnikoff, Daniele Moretti and Christina Schilling, revealed to Pat Kenny that the live RTE show marked one of only a handful of times which they have met after writing the song over the internet.

The lyrics and music of Et Cetera were bounced all over Europe via email before being entered into the competition.

The composers, of which only two, including Irishman Niall Mooney, were present at the Eurosong special, said they spoke rarely on the phone but regularly wrote songs together for competitions over the web.

Mr Mooney told how he remembered Sinead having a good voice from You're A Star and tracked her down via My-Space to ask her to perform the song. Sinead said she was shocked but honoured to represent her country following her win.

Ireland will compete in a semi-final on Thursday, May 14 in a bid to win a place at the final on Saturday, May 16.

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