Helen sits down with Irish singer Rachel Goode before she competes in Ireland’s Eurosong 2022 on Friday 4th February. She’ll perform her song “I’m Loving Me” for the chance to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2022. This uptempo banger is all about coming into your own and loving yourself as you are. Rachel chats about her musical upbringing, how she found out that she was picked to be in Eurosong 2022, and what it would mean for her to represent Ireland at Eurovision.
The final of Eurosong 2022 will air on Friday 4th February as part of a special edition of The Late Late Show. The show starts at 9:35pm GMT and features six artists competing to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2022. The winner will be determined by a 50/50 jury/televote split.
Rachel Goode hails from Ballinasloe, County Galway, and has performed across a wide array of genres including opera, folk, country, and pop. In 2021, she released a cover of Loretta Lynn’s classic “Coal Miner’s Daughter”. She names Patsy Cline, Mary Black, and Celine Dion as her biggest musical inspirations.
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Ireland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 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 and won the competition a record-breaking seven times. Ireland also claims the only artist to win Eurovision twice; Johnny Logan won in 1980 and 1987. Additionally, Ireland won four time in five years in the 1990s – a feat not equaled since.
Most recently, Lesley Roy represented Ireland at Eurovision 2021 with the song “MAPS”. She placed 16th in the semi-final, receiving 20 points from the jury and televote.
News Source: That Eurovision Site
Photo Source: Rachel Goode / RTE