Each week we appear to get Eurovision news from the Emerald Isle, this time from a local Dublin band interested in Eurovision 2023. On Friday, June 3rd band member of Wild Youth tweeted: “Can I write the Eurovision for 2023 and can @bandwildyouth perform please.” To ensure it was noticed, they even tagged Head of Delegation Michael Kealy.
— Conor 🏽 Donohoe (@Conor_O_Donohoe) June 3, 2022
The tweet has created a large amount of buzz with 209 likes on Conor’s original tweet, and 144 on the band’s retweet. This is not the first plea to RTÉ for the band however, as Conor has been tweeting at RTÉ since the Eurovision grand final in an attempt to get their name and interest noticed by the Irish delegation. And it appears that upon his fourth try, things finally worked – Michael Kealy has seen and liked the tweet.
Announcement coming next week
— Conor 🏽 Donohoe (@Conor_O_Donohoe) June 8, 2022
Conor has also posted that there is an “announcement coming next week”. Even if the band has garnered interest from RTÉ for 2023, artists are bound to a very tight NDA agreements by broadcasters and delegations, so this announcement cannot be Eurovision related. Most likely, Wild Youth will be announcing a new single or tour next week, riding the hype from the Eurovision fan community and the band’s organic fans.
Who are Wild Youth?
The indie-pop band is made up of David Whelan, Conor O’Donohoe, Ed Porter, and Callum McAdam. While they are a small up-and-coming group, the band’s “sad bangers” have picked up over 14 million streams on Spotify alone. They also have a fair bit of performance experience behind them, having toured the UK and Ireland and have also supported Lewis Capaldi and Westlife on their tours.
Does this mean anything?
While fans of the band might get excited about the news, remember that this does not mean they will be selected or even apply for Eurovision 2023. Many artists in the months following Eurovision will post about their interest in participating in the contest for a variety of reasons: marketing purposes for new projects, publicity for the artist/band, or genuine interest in participating. Numerous artists did this last year such as Picture This, Electric Callboy, Frock Destroyers, Bill Bailey and Gemma Collins, and more. None of them would go on to make it to Eurovision 2022, though Electric Callboy did confirm they submitted an entry to the German broadcaster for consideration.
Only time will tell what will happen from the tweets as Ireland has yet to confirm their selection method for the 2023 contest. This past year RTÉ made the decision to return to their national final format on the Late Late Show, and selected 6 artists across 320 submissions to take place in the final. Despite winning the show and being a fan favorite to qualify, Brooke’s “That’s Rich” ended in 15th place in the second semi-final.