It has been just over three months since Eurovision 2022 took place. Since then it has been revealed how much Irish broadcaster RTE spent on the country’s 2022 participation. The Irish Mirror reports that the figure is up to at least €350,000. Ireland were represented by Brooke Scullion at the 2022 Eurovision Son Contest, she sang the song “That’s Rich”.
RTE costs broken down
RTE took a total of 16 delegation members to Turin. It has been revealed that the total spend on hotel rooms for the delegates was €49,103. They have also revealed a total of €13,293 was spent on food throughout the two week trip to the Italian city. RTE have also revealed their participation fee this year was €92,588, this is the amount the broadcaster pays the European Broadcasting Union to take part in the contest.
Flights for the 16 person delegation team came to a cost of €5,135, while €34,125 was spent on Brooke’s staging. These figures are rough estimates and RTE have said to the Irish Mirror the fee could be way higher than the initial €350,000. A spokesman at RTE said the following:
“The RTÉ annual accounts for 2022 have not yet been finalised, these costs do not include charges for RTÉ labour and support costs, which will only be finalised once the annual accounts have been completed.”RTE spokesperson on Eurovision 2022 costs.
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 55 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 Brooke Scullion, with her song “That’s Rich”. She placed 15th in the semi-final, receiving 47 points from the Jury and Televote.
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News Source: RTE/Irish Mirror
Photo Credit: EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett