Dublin, 17 January 2022
Irish Broadcaster RTÉ has started unveiling their entries for their upcoming national final, Eurosong 2022. The erstwhile national final is set to air as a part of the Late Late Show, on 4 February and will feature six original songs competing for the honour of flying the Irish colours in Turin later this year.
Ireland will air all of their songs on the radio at 10 CET this week, starting with the first two entrants earlier this morning. Newcomer Rachel Goode and 2017 contestant/X-factor UK alumnus Brendan Murray are the first two names confirmed competing for the Irish ticket.
You can listen to both entrants below:
Rachel Goode – “I’m loving me”
Brendan Murray – “Real Love”
Other rumoured participants include Voice alumnus Brooke Scullion, who has repeatedly teased the release of her upcoming song “That’s rich” which will come out this Friday (making it a potential entry), and Janet Grogan, an XFactor contestant who has previously provided backing vocals for Nicky Byrne (2016) and Ryan O’Shaughnessy (2018). Jedward, the representatives in 2011 and 2012 reportedly applied but were rejected.
The third Irish song will be revealed tomorrow at 10 CET.
Ireland currently hold the highest amount of victories in the Eurovision Song Contest with seven, including an impressive treble win streak during the earlier nineties. Since then, Ireland’s track record has plummeted, with their last qualification coming in 2018, and their penultimate qualification happening five years before that, in 2013. Their best result in the 2010s was Jedward’s “Lipstick“, which finished 8th in Düsseldorf (2011). Last year’s entrant, Leslie Roy, finished 17th (last) in the first semifinal.
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