2000 and Whatever – Ireland

We may not get to see our 2020 favourites take to the stage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on our Eurovision favourites. This series is aimed to discover the team’s favourite entries from the 21st century, from 2001 to 2019.

In collaboration with ESCDaily, we will be reviewing some of their 21st Century favourites, while over on their site, you will find their reviews of our favourites!

Below our reviews, you will find a poll where you can vote for your favourite Eurovision entry from the 21st Century.


Anita Reviews Dennis’ 21st Century Favourite

Mickey Harte – We’ve Got the World Tonight | 11th place, 53 points (Final)

This is yet another song that i’m not too familiar with, but knowing it’s from the early 2000’s doesn’t usually give me a strong sense of hope. Listening to it now, I definitely do not understand why this was Dennis’  favourite entry of the 21st century (sorry). Considering we’ve seen some shockers from Ireland recently, I guess this song is palatable, but I am sure I won’t be actively choosing to listen to this again. The melody is nice at times, but in general, the chorus is far too repetitive and frequent. The performance is no frills, which I appreciate, because again, we saw some questionable stage performances circa 2003. Overall, not my favourite.

Joshua Reviews Brandon’s 21st Century Favourite

Niamh Kavanagh – It’s For You | 23rd place, 25 points (Final)

I must admit that when I see Niamh Kavanagh I typically only think of her beautiful winning entry from 1993. Upon listening to ‘It’s For You’, it is certainly clear that it still has those gentle and emotional qualities we know her songs for. I certainly prefer ‘In Your Eyes’, but her 2010 entry is still very good. I love that it is distinctly Irish as well – something I hope Ireland can bring to the contest more often in the future.

What does the ESCDaily team think of our 21st Century favourites? Make sure to head over to escdaily.com to find out!

Vote for your favourite entry from Ireland below: