After confirming that they will be participating in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, RTE has revealed its plans for next year’s competition in Italy. After selecting its entry internally for six years, Ireland will return to a national final which will take place on the Late Late Show. The last time Ireland used a National Final was in 2015 when Molly Sterling was selected with the song “Playing With Numbers”.
Ireland’s Entry to be selected in Early 2022
After the announcement on the Late Late Show, submissions were opened, and anyone interested in submitting a song can find the rules, as well as the submission form over at ‘rte.ie/eurovision’, where the submissions will close at 6 PM (GMT) at October 22.
The submitted entries will be examined by a panel of music and entertainment industry professionals, as well as Eurovision fans. Those shortlisted may be invited to audition in the RTÉ studios in Dublin.
A shortlist of songs and artists will subsequently be invited to perform live on television early in 2022 on a “Eurovision Late Late Show Special” when a winner will be chosen to represent 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, with the song “MAPS”. Lesley participated in the competition, where she placed 16th receiving 20 points from the Jury and Televote.
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News Source: RTE
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