She was unveiled as Ireland’s singer for Eurovision 2019 on Friday. And on Sunday, Sarah McTernan hit the Dancing With The Stars dancefloor for the first live performance of her song for Tel Aviv, “22”.
Wearing a dazzling pink bodycon sequinned dress, Sarah joined the in-house dance troupe for a 1950s-inspired stage show. Replete with jukebox motifs and a mini-diner, McTernan stood centre stage while the professional dancers whizzed around her.
Her performance formed the centrepiece of a Eurovision-themed special. But rather than being the star of show she became overshadowed by what came before her. Johnny Logan opened proceedings with a note-perfect rendition of “Hold Me Know”, Niamh Kavannagh looked on from the audience, while local celebrities danced to classics such as “Euphoria”, “Rise Like A Phoenix” and “All Kinds Of Everything”.
At moments the blonde songstress looked lost amid the melee, possibly due to nerves. She delivered an adequate vocal, but failed to live up to the studio cut or past performances on The Voice.
The performance starts at 4.20. The clip may be blocked to viewers watching from outside Ireland.
A bootleg copy has also been uploaded to YouTube.
Responses on Twitter were mixed.
Not a bad song at all !!! Like it
— MS Vera MM (@veragearon) March 10, 2019
The vocals were a serve!! pic.twitter.com/Qz8cvdivKc
— ????David???? (@France_For_Life) March 10, 2019
Don't think that's gonna win sorry ???????????
— Elainehanly (@Elainehanly2) March 10, 2019
— DWTSIrelandFans (@Dwtsireireland) March 10, 2019
— Barry O’Donovan (@BOD80) March 10, 2019
Sarah McTernan’s Eurovision 2019 staging
Fans of “22” need not panic just yet. In a series of interviews on Friday, Sarah and Irish Head of Delegation Michael Kealy dropped some hints about the planned staging for Tel Aviv.
Speaking on RTÉ Radio One, the pair revealed that she will most likely be alone on stage with no dancers. Later, on RTE 2FM, Sarah confirmed that she planned to take inspiration from Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Molly Sterling. Both brought relatively simple stage shows to Eurovision.
Cliona Hagan for Eurovision 2020?
While Sarah is preparing to jet off to film her Eurovision postcard tomorrow, there is another Irish singer with an eye to participating in a future contest. Country music starlet Cliona Hagan is one of the favourites to win the Irish take on Strictly Come Dancing.
After she danced a charleston to Sandie Shaw’s “Puppet On A String”, host and Eurovision 2016 singer Nicky Byrne asked if she would ever represent Ireland. Cliona answered in the affirmative, saying that she would love to do it.
What do you think of Sarah’s performance? Are you excited to see “22” in May? And should Ireland send Cliona Hagan next year? Let us know in the comments.