RTÉ, Ireland’s public broadcaster, has revealed the cost of the country’s participation in Eurovision for the last four contests, namely from 2019 to 2023.
Through the website Irish Mirror, the public broadcaster revealed that they paid €340,000 for the participation of Wild Youth in Liverpool, which includes €58,129 for the staging and €105,099 for the participation fee to EBU. This was the country’s highest cost in four years.
Below you can see Ireland’s cost of participating, from 2019 to 2023:
- 2023 – €340,000 including participation fee 105.099€
- 2022 – €315,161 – including participation fee 92,588€
- 2021 – €330,000 – including participation fee 88,100€
- 2019 – €336,000
As we can see from the figures, after the exclusion of Russia and Belarus from the EBU, the cost of participation has increased for all other participating broadcasters. Ireland’s participation fee has increased by €16,999 from 2021, an increase of 19.3%.
RTÉ has already announced that it will be competing in Eurovision 2024. Submissions are open for anyone wishing to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2024, as in early 2024, a shortlist of artists will perform their songs on television, from which the winner will be the representative of the country in the contest.
Wild Youth represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. Sadly, they did not qualify to the Grand Final. Ireland has not qualified to the Grand Final since 2018
Source: Irish Mirror
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