Ireland, the most successful country to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest, has confirmed it will be taking part in the upcoming edition of the Contest in 2023.
Selection strategy for Ireland to be revealed
Speaking to ESCToday, Ireland’s national broadcaster RTÉ confirmed that the country would be present in the upcoming edition of the Contest. However, no specific format has been outlined, with future plans yet to be revealed.
In recent years, RTÉ organised an internal selection in order to improve a string of poor results. This change in method resulted in one qualification – in 2018, with Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s “Together”. Since then, the selection method has resulted in another non-qualification streak. In 2022, RTÉ returned to a national final, selecting Brooke. However, in Turin, Ireland’s poor luck continued, finishing in 15th place in their semi-final.
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: ESCToday
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