EUROVISION IRELAND - 2014/2015
Eurovision Ireland Press
Ireland – Meet another contender for the Irish Eurovision 2015 entry. With RTE (Irish National Broadcaster) having an open national selection for Eurovision 2015 it has seen massive interest.
We give you Krystal Mills who is from Wales yet comes from a family with strong Irish ties. Krystal has tried to enter the Irish National selection for many years when the ‘Mentor System’ was used by RTE.
Krystal Mills . Photo : Krystal Mills Facebook
This year she has submitted a song directly to the contest seeking to represent Ireland in Vienna next May.
Krystal has had songs in the Swiss and Romania Eurovision National song selections over the past 2 years. However it has always been Ireland that she has wanted to represent at the contest.
This year she has submitted the song ‘Hometown’. Krystal has always sung and written a lot of country music and with the success of The Common Linnets at Eurovision this year, could this be an acceptance of this music genre at the contest?
Tell us what you think of ‘Hometown’? Could you see Krystal at Eurovision? Is Eurovision ready for more country music? Tell us.
Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
"The Welsh warbler tried her luck in both the Swiss and Romanian national finals last year, but to no avail. The continental rejection has failed to keep Krystal down, and now she’s turned west in another attempt to get to Eurovision. She hopes to win over the Irish with the counrty western song “Hometown”. Country music is big bucks in the Emerald Isle, but is the notoriously patriotic nation ready to be represented by a cowgirl from Wales?"
PADRAIG MULDOON - EDITOR
"Krystal Mills is a Welsh singer-songwriter aiming to represent The Emerald Isle in Eurovision 2015. She narrowly missed out from competing in the Romanian national final earlier this year with Mircea Cioclei and their beautiful ballad Every Time I See You. Krystal also entered the Swiss selection with Bang Bang Bang but now has her eyes set on flying the Irish flag in Vienna. I was fortunate enough to speak to Krystal about her new single, Conchita Wurst, hunky cowboys and her experience in Romania!"
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Jack Voda - Editor
The Irish broadcaster RTE has today announced they have recieved over 200 song submissions for the Ireland selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, which will be held in Vienna, Austria.
In recent years RTE has selected entertainment professionals, to select and produce an act & song to submit into the Ireland selection, however this year RTE has opened the submissions to everyone.
Early rumours suggest among the names of people who have entered the selection is Ireland Eurovision 2011 & 2012 contestants Jedward, former X Factor contestant Mary Byrne, Eurovision 2013 contestant Ryan Dolan, newly formed girlband Liir, Singer Krystal Mills & X Factor 2014 contestant Janet Grogan.
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Star Gossip Magazine (Interview with Krystal Mills and Mircea Cioclei) http://star-gossip.com/2014/03/03/krystal-mills-si-mircea-cioclei-lanseaza-videoclipul-de-prezentare-al-piesei-every-time-i-see-you-o-poveste-de-dragoste-muzicala-cu-iz-european
South Wales Argus http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/leisure/entertainments/10964243.Wales__39__Krystal_Mills_aims_for_Eurovision_success_with_Mircea_Cioclei/
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Eurovision 2014: Cardiff singer Krystal Mills aims to be Swiss entry
Two years ago Cardiff's Krystal Mills couldn't play the guitar and had never sung in public.
Now she is through to the second round of selection for Switzerland's 2014 Eurovision Song Contest entry.
Krystal, 20, dropped out of a hairdressing course and took up busking, after she won a pub karaoke competition.
She is currently in Geneva promoting her entry Bang Bang Bang.
Her debut single Waiting For You spent two months at No 1 in the unsigned artists chart in February and March 2012.
She now faces two weeks of online voting.
Her mother and manager, Sharon, told BBC Wales: "It just doesn't seem real somehow.
"Krystal had never shown any interest in music before winning that competition - she'd certainly never written or performed a song of her own but the confidence that gave her has unlocked something amazing.
"When we could see that she was starting to get keen on the singing, we bought her a guitar for her birthday and within ten days she'd taught herself to play it via YouTube."
Krystal at the Millennium Stadium as part of a concert for Cardiff's Mardi Gras
Krystal describes her style as "country and folky, with a bit of psychedelia thrown in".
In August she played the Millennium Stadium as part of a concert for Cardiff's Mardi Gras Festival, around 18 months after she made her busking debut on the street outside.
But even with all this success, her mother never imagined that one day her daughter could be competing in Eurovision, and far less for Switzerland.
"It was when we were watching this year's Eurovision that Krystal piped up that she'd like to give it a go. She'd just written Bang Bang Bang and thought it'd tap into the Bond craze around Sky Fall.
"So we got in touch with the UK organisers, and even though they explained that they wanted to persist with having a well-known performer for our entry, they were really helpful and put us in touch with the committees from Switzerland, Hungary and Turkey, who all accept entries from non-nationals.
"Switzerland were most interested. They had thousands of applications as it was open to anyone, but Krystal's made it through to the last 150 or so which go to the public vote."
Voting opens on Monday and lasts until 18 November, with the top 10 songs going through to a live TV show with broadcaster SRF in February.
If Krystal wins that then the next stop is Copenhagen next May.
Globe Unsigned live broadcast from Central Radio Wales 14th Aug 12 http://www.centralwales.co.uk/onair/listenagain/unsigned/
Busker Krystal Mills reaches top spot in Unsigned Top Charts
SINGERS Cerys Matthews, Tracy Chapman and KT Tunstall were discovered when busking and the Manic Street Preachers used to do it before they were famous on the streets of Blackwood.
Now young Welsh warbler Krystal Mills is hoping to hit the big time after entertaining shoppers in Wales for just two months.
The teenager with the voice of a seasoned country singer has reached number one in the Unsigned Top Charts, the chart for unsigned artists, with her song Waiting For You.
The song has now been uploaded to iTunes and the trainee hairdresser has also been hired as a support act at the Cardiff's music venue The Globe.
"It's absolutely amazing to get to number one in the Unsigned Top Charts," she said.
"I'm trying to get myself out there, trying to be discovered."
X FACTOR contestant John Adams and his beauty pageant partner Kelly Lloyd have joined forces to raise over £1,000 for two top charities. "There was four amazing singers who kindly gave up their time on the night, including the fantastic vocalist Krystal Mills, the amazing Sarah Brown and local singer Ashley Williams.
"Krystal is 18, from Cardiff and sang four songs for us 'Someone Like You', 'Run to You' 'Love Story' and 'Just the Way You Are'. She came second in last year's Britain's got personality talent show, but can she make it to the top spot this year singing Bruno Mars? If you think Krystal has what it takes to be number one this year then get voting!"
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A SERIES of concerts to raise money for Velindre Hospital will launch in Cardiff tomorrow night.
Dubbed Rock4Life, the gigs are the brainchild of Wayne Courtney, who has his own very personal reasons for raising funds for Cardiff's cancer care hospital.
Rock4Life: The Globe, Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff, Thursday. Calum Ross & The Scarlets and BlackHouse. Tickets £5. www.globecardiffmusic.com
Rock4Life: The Gower, Cathays, Cardiff. Friday, September 28. Hobo Bogweed, The Fflip Fflops, The Shrieking Violets. Tickets £5. www.sabrain.com/gower
Rock4Life: The Gower, Cathays. Saturday, September 29. The Lovely Wars, Capitol Confusion, Krystal Mills. Tickets for this gig are also £5. www.sabrain.com/gower
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Roath Rocks for charity this weekend
he Gower pub will be home to a raft of Cardiff's musical talent this weekend as the venue hosts the first ever Roath Rocks festival.
The weekend of live music, which is raising cash for two local causes, kicks off tomorrow night from 6pm with a line-up of bands including Hullaballo, the Fflip Fflops, Calum Ross and The Scarlets, and Hobo Bogweed.
On Saturday there will be a barbecue from 2pm in the pub's beer garden, followed by performances from Roath musicians Krystal Mills, Peppered Moths, Calum Ross, Donna Armstrong, and other yet-to-be-announced artists.
Cash raised on the Friday night will go towards We Are Cardiff's fundraising campaign for its film projectWe Are Cardiff: Portrait of A City.
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