In May Ireland celebrated its return to the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest following a four-year absence.
And today RTÉ made it clear it wants to keep the momentum going by revealing that it’s looking for “accomplished songwriters and performers, with a proven track record of success in the music industry” to submit a song to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv.
Michael Kealy — Ireland’s leading entertainment producer and the Head of Delegation at Eurovision — is not messing about. And he let that be known in a statement sent to wiwibloggs.
“We were really proud of the Irish performance in Lisbon this year. Months of work went into planning our Eurovision act, bringing together the various audio and visual elements, from song arrangement to choreography to lighting design.”
“The performance of ‘Together’ by Ryan O’Shaughnessy and dancers Kevin O’Dywer and Alan McGrath with backing vocals from Janet Grogan, Remy Naidoo and Claire Ann Varley received worldwide acclaim when performed on stage and created headlines around the world. ‘Together’ placed 16th in the final which is the best result since Jedward came in eighth place in Düssledorf with ‘Lipstick’ in 2011.”
“For the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 we want to produce a world-class act that will do Ireland proud on stage in Tel Aviv and in front of a worldwide audience of nearly 200 million people. The Eurovision Song Contest is incredibly competitive so we need a top class song, with instant appeal and a highly experienced act who is used to performing live in front of large audiences.”
Ireland: Eurovision 2019 submission rules
All songs received will be considered by a number of panels, including expert music industry panels, but 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.
Songs submitted must strictly comply with the rules of Eurovision Song Contest and RTÉ reserves the right to arrange, produce or otherwise alter any song selected for entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
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.
It is important to note that any entries submitted through this process will be considered alongside other compositions which RTÉ may commission or secure independently of this process. RTÉ will have the final say on which song and artist will be Ireland’s 2019 entry.
If you would like to submit an entry, it must adhere to the EBU 2019 competition rules, a full list of rules is published on the official Eurovision website at: http://www.eurovision.tv
See www.rte.ie/eurovision for full details.
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 the 1st September 2018.
Entries will ONLY be accepted by email as an MP3 (192kbps) file. No entries will be accepted on CD, cassette, DAT, minidisc or any other format.
Email entries to [email protected]