We’ve had rumour after rumour after rumour. And yet Ireland’s Eurovision 2019 singer is someone who (almost) managed to sidestep the speculation completely – Sarah McTernan. The 24-year-old will perform “22”, a song written by Janieck, Marcia “Misha” Sondeijker and Roulsen.
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We’ve had rumour after rumour after rumour. And yet Ireland’s Eurovision 2019 singer is someone who (almost) managed to sidestep the speculation completely – Sarah McTernan. The 24-year-old will perform “22”, a song written by Janieck, Marcia “Misha” Sondeijker and Roulsen. Read more and listen to the song on wiwibloggs.com. #eurovisionsongcontest #Eurovision #eurovision2019 #esc2019 #daretodream
Speaking in RTÉ’s official press release, an excited McTernan described it as an “early birthday present”.
My 25th birthday is next Monday and if you’d told me last year that I’d be chosen to represent my country at Eurovision, performing the song for the first time on Dancing with the Stars this Sunday, and then flying to Tel Aviv on my birthday to record a postcard, I would have told you – you were crazy!
My Mom, Nana, family and friends are super excited for me – they’re shocked and very proud. I can’t wait to teach my biggest fan – my 2 ½ year-old daughter Mia – all the lyrics to “22”.
“22” is a sultry, string-heavy, finger-clicking track. It sees Sarah all misty-eyed as she reminisces about a sweetheart she let slip through her fingers. The song’s titular number refers to his house, “number 22”. Presumably, Sarah misses him more than the property. But you never know!
Sarah McTernan “22” (Official music video)
The track will receive its first radio play on RTÉ Radio 1 at 9.00 GMT this morning. The songstress will then call by both The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene and The Ray D’Arcy Show at 12.30 and 15.00 respectively.
Sarah will deliver her first live performance of “22” during Dancing With The Stars Ireland on Sunday 10 March. She will be the highlight of a Eurovision themed special. Fresh from his appearance at Sweden’s Melodifestivalen last week, Eurovision 1980 and 1987 winner Johnny Logan will also sing.
This week on DWTS it’s #EUROVISION WEEK!
Our couples will be dancing to some of the contest’s greatest hits.
— DWTS Ireland (@DWTSIRL) March 5, 2019
Who is Sarah McTernan?
Sarah is not quite a household name. Her biggest claim to fame came in 2015 when she finished third on The Voice of Ireland. Her blind audition saw all four coaches turn, including The Saturdays’ Una Healy and Westlife’s Kian Egan. However, she opted to go with former S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens.
Eurovision fans with good memories may also remember her from San Marino’s 1 in 360 selection in 2018. She entered the online element of the contest with a cover of Karlotta Sigurðardóttir’s Söngvakeppnin 2016 entry “Eye of the Storm”. However, she failed to reach the next stage of the competition which was ultimately won by the Maltese-German combination of Jessika and Jenifer Brening.
“Sarah has an amazing voice which stood out the minute I heard it and she fits perfectly with our chosen song”, says Irish Head of Delegation Michael Kealy. “I think the Eurovision audience will love her, now it’s full steam ahead preparing for her performance in Tel Aviv in May.”
The team behind “22”
The “22” songwriting trio are all Dutch. Janieck is probably the most famous of the three. His biggest hit is Lost Frequencies’ “Reality”, which he co-wrote and sang.
Marcia “Misha” Sondeijker started off on the Dutch version of The Hit and had three songs in the top ten of the UK’s Eurovision You Decide 2018 – only the top six made it to the TV broadcast.
Roulsen was part of the DJ duo RouInDoors which supported the likes of Ministry of Sound and Avicii.
Meanwhile, the “22” music video was shot in Dublin’s Dollymount strand. It was directed by Christian Tierney – the man behind Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s “Together” clip. He’s also worked with a selection of well-known Irish and international acts such as Hozier, Niall Horan and Drake.
What do you think of “22”? Was it worth the wait? Are you excited to see Sarah’s first live performance on Sunday? Let us know in the comments.