With the new Eurovision season, in full swing, more and more countries are confirming their intention to participate in next year’s competition. The next country to confirm they will be present in Italy is Ireland, who has confirmed to ESCToday that they will be participating for the 55th time.
How will Ireland select its Eurovision 2022 representative?
With the confirmation that they will be participating in Italy, RTE is yet to reveal how they will be selecting their next Eurovision representative. Since 2016, Ireland has selected their Eurovision representative internally and has qualified once in 2018.
After their second year of non-qualification to the Grand Final, Ireland’s Head of Delegation Michael Kealy mentioning to the Irish Sun hinted at the possible return to a National Final but doing so in an effective and cost-effective manner. In addition, Pop-Rock band ‘Picture This’ also expressed their interest writing a song for Ireland.
Ireland’s Eurovision Journey
In 1965, Ireland made their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest with Butch Moore and the song “Walking the Streets in the Rain”, which managed to place 6th. Since their debut, Ireland has participated 54 times (making the Grand Final 45 times), and has won the competition seven times, which is currently the record for most wins.
Ireland’s latest Eurovision participation saw them being represented by Lesley Roy (who was set to represent them in 2020), with the song “MAPS”. Lesely participated in the competition, where she placed 16th receiving 20 points from the Jury and Televote.
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News Source: ESCToday/Irish Sun/Irish Mirror
Photo Source: EBU / Andres Putting