Westlife, Dermot Kennedy and Picture This all enjoyed success of the Official Irish Singles Chart last year, and it has been announced that their biggest recent hits are in the running for Song of the Year at the RTE Choice Music Prize 2019.
Differing from the Album of the Year category which is voted for by an industry panel, the Song of the Year shortlist is voted for by the Irish public, with the online vote open now until midnight on March 1, 2020.
First announced on RTÉ 2FM this afternoon (January 29), the 10 tracks in the running include four Official Top 10 singles.
2019 was an incredible revival year for Westlife, which saw their comeback single Hello My Love miss out Number 1 by just 39 chart sales. Dermot Kennedy's Outnumbered - which also peaked at Number 2 in 2019 - is also contending; Outnumbered also reached Number 1 on the Official Irish Homegrown Chart, the only chart featuring artists solely from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The biggest song released last year by an Irish female artist Soule's Love Tonight has made the cut, as has Making Me Dance by breakout pop four-piece Wild Youth.
Lankum are the only act recognised in both song and album of the year categories as their single Wild Rover gets a nod. Mango X MathMan represent Ireland's burgeoning urban scene with Deep Blue ft. Lisa Hannigan, while rising star Lyra and electro-pop veteran Roisin Murphy round out the list.
The winners of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Album and Song of the Year 2019 will be revealed at the live event on March 5 2020 at Vicar Street in Dublin. The ceremony will be broadcast live on 2FM from 7-11pm, while Official Chart host Blathnaid Treacy will present TV coverage on RTÉ2 the following week.
Earlier this month, OfficialCharts.com/Ireland revealed: