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Louis Walsh speaks on Eurovision and RTE plans for next year!

Former UK X-Factor judge and music manager Louis Walsh spoke to Sunday World and was asked about Ireland in Eurovision. The former manager of Eurovision winners Linda Martin and Johnny Logan revealed that if there is a good song and artist, he would be involved with RTE and Eurovision while he hinted about a new approach of the broadcaster for next year.

When asked about Ireland in the contest he answered:

“I think Ireland has to forget about the past and how we did in the past and just get a great song. We need a great song and a great singer, and the performance is key. It wasn’t cool for a lot of people to do Eurovision in the past, but I think the Italian group, Måneskin, changed all that after they won. They’re now a hugely successful worldwide act thanks to Eurovision. (…) England hadn’t done well in recent years, but they sent a great song and a great singer to the Eurovision this year and they nearly won, and that’s what we have to do”

He revealed a new head of entertainment for RTE is appointed, already planning “something great”.

“So the power is there if you’ve got the right song and the right artist. We cannot be sending amateurs. RTE has a new head of entertainment and music called Alan Tyler and I know that he’s got plans for it. Both him and Michael Kealy [executive producer] are bound to come up with something great. They are already talking about it.”

Do you think Ireland can return to the Grand Final next year? Tell us in the comments!

Source: Sunday World

Ireland: Irish entry against the rules?

Last week there was a rumor running around that the Irish entry, Brooke Scullion with the song “That’s Rich”, may not follow the rules set by the Irish public broadcaster, RTÉ, in fact they said “it breaks the rules”.
On February 5, 2022, the Irish finalist of The Voice UK, Brooke Scullion won the national final of Ireland with the song “That’s Rich“. It looks lime Scullion has performed her song on an online singing session on April 7, 2021. This is against the rules of RTÉ, while Eurovision contestants are prohibited from performing their song before the first day of September of the previous year of each contest, this time September 1st 2021, to prevent them from gaining an advantage compared to the other songs.

These days RTÉ looks into the matter, because if Scullion’s song won the contest with a commercial advantage, this could be a reason to disqualify the song, the artist, or even both. There are also some people saying that RTÉ knew about Scullion performing her song before the first of September and they had no problem with it. Besides, the winning Dutch song of 2019, Arcade by Duncan Laurance, also leaked before the allowed date and still went on to perform in the contest.

We remind you that Ireland is scheduled to perform in the second half of the second semi-final in May 12 2022.

You can listen Brooke Scullion’s song below:

 

Source: ESCplus

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Irish participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy.

Ireland: Brooke Scullion will represent the country at Eurovision 2022 with the song “That’s Rich”!

The Irish national final of, Eurosong 2022, at tonight’s Eurovision Late Late Show Special was broadcast by RTÉ and has just been completed, with Ireland selecting Brooke Scullion and “That’s Rich” as their winning act and therefore their representative at Eurovision 2022 in Turin.

Seven years later than the last time that the Irish entry was selected by a national final, the Irish viewers got the chance to vote their favourite Irish hopeful, that they wished their country got represented by.

Ryan Tubridy was the host of  tonight’s “The Late Late Show Eurosong 2022 Special”, also Marty Whelan was the co-host covering what was going on backstage. Panti Bliss also appeared briefly at the beginning of the show.

The national juries are Caroline Corr, Paul Harrington, Bláthnaid Treacy and Lucia Evans.

A total of six finalists, which had been selected among 320 submissions, competed in the national final, in the hopes of representing the country in Turin.

The performances of the finalists

The six contestants of the national final, appeared in the following order:

  • Patrick O’Sullivan – “One Night, One Kiss, One Promise”

  • Janet Grogan – “Ashes Of Yesterday”

  • Brendan Murray – “Real Love”

  • Miles Graham – “Yeah, We’re Gonna Get Out Of It”

  • Rachel Goode – “I’m Loving Me”

  • Brooke Scullion – “That’s Rich”

The voting system

After the completion of the six performances, Ryan announced that the voting lines are open and all numbers appeared again for the viewers to vote, along with a recap of the songs.

The winner was determined by a combination of jury (international and national) and televoters. In fact, first there was a combination of both the international and the national jury votes and then the aggregate jury votes were combined to the votes of the viewers.

The voting will be Eurovision style, 12 the act getting the highest number of votes, 10 the second highest etc. In case of a tie, the act scoring higher in the public televote will be declared a winner.

At the end of the televised show, the results were announced and they are as seen below.

International Jury vote results

Aggregate Jury results (International and National Jury)

Total results

The winner

Over the last few years, things haven’t really gone their way, for Ireland. Hoping to overturn the situation, tonight they had to vote for their favourite artist and song, that they wished they’d represent Ireland at the contest.

At the end of the show, the results were announced and had determined the winner which is Brooke Scullion with the song “That’s Rich”!

You can watch the winning performance of Brooke below:

What do you think of the representative that secured a ticket to Turin, to represent Ireland at this year’s contest? Let us know in the comments section below!

Ireland: The Late Late Eurovision Special final tonight!

The country with the most wins, Ireland, want to put an end to their series of negative results in recent years and hope to do so by choosing an entry worthy of their history in the competition. Thus, Ireland choose their representative for Eurovision 2022 tonight, with the grand final of The Late Late Eurovision Special taking place in Dublin.

The presenter of the Irish final will be Ryan Tubridy, while Marty Whelan will be in the green room.

The finalists

320 songs were submitted to RTÉ to claim Ireland’s representation in the 66th Eurovision Song Contest. Out of the 320 entries, the Irish broadcaster has selected the six best who will be competing tonight for the ticket to Turin.

The six artists are the following:

  1. Patrick O’Sullivan – One Night, One Kiss, One Promise
  2. Janet Grogan – Ashes Of Yesterday
  3. Brendan Murray – Real Love
  4. Miles Graham – Yeah, We’re Gonna Get Out Of It
  5. Rachel Goode – I’m Loving Me
  6. Brooke Scullion – That’s Rich

Method of selection

Ireland’s representative at Eurovision 2022 will be equally determined by the public vote, the vote of an international jury and a jury in the studio.

The Late Late Eurovision Special will start at 22:35 CET and will last two hours. You can watch it on the RTÉ One frequency by clicking HERE.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Ireland’s participation in Eurovision 2022!

Ireland: The representative to be determined by a combination of televoting, international and national jury!

Tomorrow, February 4, the Irish national final – The Late Late Eurovision Special, presented by Ryan Tubridy, will be held and broadcast by RTÉ.

Seven years later than the last time that the Irish entry was selected by a national final, the Irish viewers will get the chance to vote their favourite Irish hopeful, that they wish their country gets represented by.

Ryan Tubridy will be the host of “The Late Late Show Eurosong 2022 Special” and Marty Whelan will co-host and will cover what will be going on backstage.

These six artists had been selected among 320 submissions and will compete tomorrow Friday 4th of March at 22:35 CET on RTÉ One, in the hopes of representing their country, at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Turin. The winner will be determined by a combination of televotes, international and national jury (which will be on the spot during the show).

Listen to all the songs, hoping to represent Ireland at this year’s Eurovision song contest:

  1. Patrick O’Sullivan – One Night, One Kiss, One Promise
  2. Janet Grogan – Ashes Of Yesterday
  3. Brendan Murray – Real Love
  4. Miles Graham – Yeah, We’re Gonna Get Out Of It
  5. Rachel Goode – I’m Loving Me
  6. Brooke Scullion – That’s Rich
Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding the Irish entry for Eurovision 2022!
Source: RTE

Ireland: This is the running order for the national final, The Late Late Eurovision Special!

The forthcoming Friday, February 4, the Irish national final – The Late Late Eurovision Special, presented by Ryan Tubridy, will be held and broadcast by RTÉ.

The Irish broadcaster has revealed the running order of the six artists, a while ago. These six artists had been selected among 320 submissions and will compete in the hopes of representing their country, at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Turin.

The running order of the Irish national final is the following:

  1. Patrick O’Sullivan – One Night, One Kiss, One Promise
  2. Janet Grogan – Ashes Of Yesterday
  3. Brendan Murray – Real Love
  4. Miles Graham – Yeah, We’re Gonna Get Out Of It
  5. Rachel Goode – I’m Loving Me
  6. Brooke Scullion – That’s Rich

After all six artists perform their songs, the viewers will have to vote for that one winner of the show, who will represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

Last year Lesley Roy was internally selected to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Maps” and ended up last in the first semifinal with 20 points:

Stay tuned in Eurovisionfun for everything new regarding Ireland’s participations in Eurovision 2022!

Ireland: Listen to the sixth and final song, bidding to represent the country at Eurovision 2022!

As you’ve already read in our past articles, a while ago, the sixth and final song bidding to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, premiered on RTÉ Radio 1, during the “Ryan Tubridy Show“, at 10:00 CET.

 

The next song hoping to represent Ireland this year is “Yeah, we’re gonna get out of it” by Miles Graham and you can listen to its extended version below:

Who is Miles Graham

Miles was first play-listed on BBC Radio 2 in 2015 with his track “I Can’t Love You Again” from his debut EP “Air in my lungs”.

The Dublin-born singer-songwriter was one of the final Irish acts to perform in session on the late great Sir Terry Wogan’s Radio 2 show. His soulful toned voice won him a lot of support elsewhere on the station like Cerys Matthews at 6 Music and Laura Whitmore BBC Radio 5 show.

He’s also carved out a sideline niche as a featured artist and co-writer on several dance records. His collaboration on DJ outfit L’Tric’s “1994″ on their Ibiza anthem in 2016, which has clocked over 10 million Spotify plays. Don Diablo’s “Bright Skies (The bit you know)” 2018 and DJ Tom Budin’s “Reckless”.

His latest 4 track EP “All the right things” was produced when he signed to Pressure Records/Peer Music UK in 2020.

The rest of the songs

Now we know the entire lineup of contestants, that will compete in the hopes of representing Ireland, at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, in Turin.

The selection process

All the above-mentioned songs will compete with each other in the Late Late Eurovision Special, on the 4th of February, which will act as this year’s national final for Ireland. Ryan Tubridy will be the presenter of the show, where the Irish entry of this year will be selected.

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding the Irish entry for Eurovision 2022!

Ireland: Listen to the fifth song, bidding to represent the country at Eurovision 2022!

As you’ve already read in our past articles, a while ago, the fifth song bidding to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, premiered on RTÉ Radio 1, during the “Ryan Tubridy Show”, at 10:00 CET.

The next song hoping to represent Ireland this year is “One Night, One Kiss, One Promise” by Patrick O’ Sullivan and you can listen to it below:

Who is Patrick O’ Sullivan

Patrick O’Sullivan is known as the winner of RTÉ’s Last Singer Standing in 2021. Among others, in the final he competed against Janet Grogan, who he will face again in Eurosong, as Janet is also taking part with the song “Ashes of Yesterday“.

Before winning Last Singer Standing, Patrick starred in several West End productions in London on shows such as The Book of Mormon and Dr. Doolittle. In 2021, he released a Christmas single “The Hour Before Christmas“.

Nicky Byrne is one of the songwriters of the song “One Night, One Kiss, One Promise”. He’s known as member of the group Westlife and he represented Ireland in 2016 with “Sunlight”.

The rest of the songs

The selection process

The above songs will compete with each other in the Late Late Eurovision Special, on the 4th of February, which will act as this year’s national final for Ireland, along the last song to be released tomorrow morning.

Don’t miss out our next article for the sixth and last competing song, that we will get the chance to listen for the first time, same show, same time tomorrow. By tomorrow we will know the entire lineup of contestants, that will compete in the hopes of representing Ireland, at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, in Turin.

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding the Irish entry for Eurovision 2022!

Ireland: Listen to the third song, bidding to represent the country at Eurovision 2022!

As you’ve already read in our past articles, a while ago, the third song bidding to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, premiered on RTÉ Radio 1, during the “Ryan Tubridy Show”, at 10:00 CET.

The next song hoping to represent Ireland this year is “Ashes of Yesterday” by Janet Grogan and you can listen to it below:

Who is Janet Grogan

Janet Grogan became known as the vocalist of Alles kann besser werden by Xavier Naidoo, which charted in Germany(No. 6, 33 weeks), Austria (No. 16, 26 weeks) and Switzerland (No. 28, 26 weeks). She composed the track with Milan Martelli, Matthew Tasa and Xavier Naidoo.

Grogan was a contestant in the 13th series of The X-Factor UK at the end of 2016, getting to Judges’ houses as part of Sharon Osbourne’s Team.

Grogan also did backing vocals for Nicky Byrne at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Janet returned to the Eurovision stage to represent Ireland in 2018 as part of Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s performance of “Together”. So clearly, she has prior experience of the contest.

In 2021, Grogan took part as a contestant on the RTÉ One singing gameshow, Last Singer Standing. She was the last player to qualify for the grand finale. In the final, she performed Whitney Houston’s ‘I Want to Dance with Somebody’. She finished in sixth place.

The rest of the songs

The selection process

The above songs will compete with each other in the Late Late Eurovision Special, on the 4th of February, which will act as this year’s national final for Ireland, along the rest of the songs to be released.

Don’t miss out our next article for the fourth competing song, that we will get the chance to listen for the first time, same show, same time tomorrow.

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding the Irish entry for Eurovision 2022!

Ireland: Listen to the first two songs, bidding to represent the country at Eurovision 2022!

As you read yesterday in our article, a while ago, the first two songs bidding to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, were first played on RTÉ Radio 1, during the “Ryan Tubridy Show”, at 10:00 CET.

The songs

  • First song hoping to represent Ireland this year is “I’m Loving me” by Rachel Goode and you can listen to it below:
  • The second song competing for the Irish representation is Real Love by Βrendan Μurray and you can listen to it below::

The above songs will compete with each other in the Late Late Eurovision Special, on the 4th of February, which will act as this year’s national final for Ireland, along with four more songs, that will also be broadcast at the same show, one per day, until the end of this week.

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding the Irish entry for Eurovision 2022!