The first songs confirmed to be taking part in Ireland’s selection for Eurovision 2023 have been released. CONNOLLY will take part in Eurosong 2023 with her song – “Midnight Summer Night”.
RTÉ given first play
CONNOLLY’s song was first heard on the Ryan Tubridy show on Monday morning. A 20-second snippet of the song was played, alongside the remaining five competing artists at Eurosong this year. Following this, the song was made available for streaming and downloading.
Tubridy also gave added details regarding Eurosong 2023, which is due to take place on February 3rd. It had already been announced that the in-house panel will not cast a vote, Instead, a national jury will join the international jury and the public vote, which will be used to determine the winning song. Six songs are to take part in the selection, being held as a Late Late Show special.
Who is CONNOLLY?
CONNOLLY is the stage name of Jennifer Connolly, a 20-year old singer-songwriter from Leitir Meailláin in County Galway. Connolly is currently in the first year of a Creative Music Production course at the prestigious IADT / Sound Training College in Dublin. Her Eurovision entry – “Midnight Summer Night” – is the first song she publicly released. The song was written in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic back in 2020. Speaking about the song, Jennifer added:
The song conveys confusion and overwhelming detachment, but overall the song implies that nothing bad lasts forever, delivering a sense of hope. To be in with a chance to share my song on such a legendary platform as Eurovision is amazing. It would be nothing less than a dream come true to bring Eurovision back home for Ireland once again.Jennifer Connolly, singer-songwriter
Listen to CONNOLLY’s Eurosong entry – “Midnight Summer Night” – here!
Follow our Spotify playlist to listen to all of the entries at the 2023 Irish Eurovision selection.
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.
What do you think of CONNOLLY’s entry for Eurosong? Do you think that it has the chance to win the selection and represent Ireland? Who else would you like to see try represent Ireland in the future? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we gear up for Eurovision 2023!
News Source: RTÉ
Photo Credit: CONNOLLY