The Hit - Episode 3 Image Name: The Hit - Episode 3 Description: Episode 3 - Duke Special, Nicky Byrne and Johnny Logan Copyright: RTÉ

Nicky Byrne and Aidan Power present a brand new six-part series The Hit. This exciting and original series, is a music competition that gives fledgling songwriters a chance to have chart success with an established star. This series will have viewers enthralled as each week songwriters showcase their talent to two established music stars with the hope that they will pick their song. The stars then battle against one another to find the perfect song and are under pressure to select one they can turn into a hit.

Shot in front of a live audience in the O2 Dublin, the artists then reveal which song they have chosen. But ultimately it’s the audience and viewers who decide; when – at the end of each show – the two songs are immediately released for download. The artist and songwriter whose song charted the highest across the following week will then go forward to the grand finale show in August.

For the grand finale of the series the five artists will return to perform their song live in the O2 with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. But which artist will have the ultimate Hit? Only the viewers can decide!


This week  Johnny Logan and Duke Special compete to find the perfect song.


Episode 3

Songwriter: Alan Earls (30)

Song: Prayin’

Location: Greystone

Alan has just recently gotten married to his girlfriend Alison. They cut their honeymoon short so Alan could participate on The Hit. He works in Dell but is trying his best to make a career in music as it’s his one true passion.  This song is about his father.  His has a tattoo is in honor of his father and is a declaration of love to Alison. His wedding anniversary date is included in the tattoo design.

Songwriter: Joshua Golding 23

Song: You Love Me Anyway

Location: Dublin

Joshua lives at home in Donaghmede with his parent and siblings. He lost his job at HMV when it closed down and has been unemployed ever since. He set up and runs a monthly singer songwriter evening in Dublin once a month. His aim is to provide artists and audiences alike to relax and enjoy music. It’s called THE FRUIT TREE SESSIONS.This song is mostly about loving someone in spite of their slight self obsessions. For his song to be released would be  confirmation that he has a talent for songwriting.

Songwriter: Louise Killeen (37)

Song: Who’s to Say It Is

Location: Offaly

Louise is the bar manager of the family run bar in Shannonbridge. Her dream is to be a singer songwriter.
She started playing music when she was around 7 years of age, and started songwriting when she was seventeen. The community in Shannonbridge are so supportive of her career they rent a minibus to her gigs and travel the country to see her perform. This is a love song about a relationship that is in trouble with one person believing the relationship can be saved.

Songwriter: Lorcan Hughes (44)

Song: Heaven Here I Am.

Location: Laois – originally from Dublin

Lorcan has been a comedian for the last 5 years. He writes comical songs and parodies with his friend Emmett. His ambition is to write fulltime for other artists. He wrote this song 20 years ago. His wife encouraged him to enter it as it is one of her favourite songs. He started writing aged 18 when he bought a guitar. He didn’t try and learn covers; he just wanted to hear his own songs.

Songwriter: Aaron Hackett (16)

Song: 1969

Location: Limerick

Aaron has just finished transition year. He began songwriting when he was 12 years old and has written over 50 songs to date. He has been singing for as long as he can remember and is a self taught guitar player. Aaron loves vintage things; clothes, movies, and music. This is reflected in 1969 – this song is about teenage love in the 1960s in the USA – hanging out in diners, playing pool sneaking out after hours and being ‘bad kids in the dark’.


Songwriter: Jamie Wilson (41)

Song: Rain

Location: Donegal

Jamie lives in Donegal with his wife Rachel and his two daughters Mia and Katie. Jamie loves fatherhood and is a stay at home Dad. The song is inspired by the thought of a past love and the yearning for rain to return so that they would be as one.