Ireland: RTÉ launches search for its Eurovision 2018 song

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One month ago it organised a much-talked about Eurovision forum. And today, Ireland’s national broadcaster RTÉ continued its preparations for Eurovision 2018 by quietly making an open call for songs.

Unlike this year when Brendan Murray was chosen before “Dying To Try”, the TV station is primarily interested in songs for the moment. But, as hinted during August’s forum, they want to move away from amateur and part-time songwriters. This morning’s announcement reads:

RTÉ would now like to invite accomplished songwriters and performers, preferably with a proven track record of success in the music industry to submit a song.

Further distancing itself from the 2017 selection process, the songs will be considered by a number of expert music industry panels to be appointed by RTÉ. This is in contrast to last time when music mogul Louis Walsh took control of the entry for Kyiv.

The submission rules are:

  • Songwriters/composers may only submit one song (including co-writes) for consideration.
  • If more than one song per composer is submitted only the first song received will be considered.
  • Songs must be no longer than 3 minutes in duration.
  • Compositions submitted for consideration (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released and/or publicly performed including online video platforms or social networks, in full or in part, before September 1, 2017.
  • Entries will ONLY be accepted by email as an MP3 (192kbps) file or Soundcloud link.
  • No entries will be accepted on CD, cassette or any other format.
  • Email entries to [email protected]
  • The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Monday 6th of November 2017.

However, the seven time winners are keeping all options open. While all entries submitted through this process will be considered, RTÉ may also approach acts and songwriters directly. They say:

It is important to note that any entries submitted through this process will be considered alongside other compositions and performers which RTÉ may commission or secure independently of this process and RTÉ reserves the absolute right to approach established acts and songwriters and to select a song and/or a performer(s) at its sole discretion from outside this process.

Furthermore, the station also reserves the right to match any song selected with a different artist to the one who submitted the entry.

Speaking to RTÉ’s entertainment website, Head of Delegation Michael Kealy shared his desired outcome.

We’re looking for a killer song performed by an act with vast experience of playing live to big crowds.

At this early stage, it would appear that all decisions regarding both the song and act will be made behind closed doors. If so, it will be the third consecutive year that the Emerald Isle has foregone some kind of national final.

What do you think of RTÉ’s new approach for Eurovision 2017? Is it better than last year’s? Will they find that “killer song”? Let us know in the comments below.

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