She sang her way to third place during the fourth season of The Voice of Ireland.
And in 2019 Sarah McTernan will literally be the voice of Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Her entry “22” is a thoroughly likeable pop song about a woman struggling to move on from her ex. The “22” lyrics” cast Sarah as the woman left behind. Looking toward the future doesn’t seem to be her strength, as she remains fixated on the number of her Mister’s house.
Last weekend Sarah took to the stage in Amsterdam at Eurovision in Concert. She had time for a catch-up with our William, so they gossiped about first loves, Sarah’s daughter, and whether “22” is a reflection on Sarah herself.
Disclaimer: Sarah’s playing a character in “22”, telling William “I see 22 and I think of you: Can you imagine someone screaming that at you?” – She ain’t no stalker!
Sarah McTernan Interview: Eurovision in Concert
Sarah and William have a chat about the number of ways “22” can be interpreted. While William highlights that the singer could be considered obsessed with her ex and potentially like a stalker, Sarah interprets the song as romantic and as a tale of first loves. The number 22 reminds Sarah’s character of her first love, which she reminisces about through “rose tinted glasses”.
“It’s romanic, it’s nice, it’s flirty, it’s fun”.
In order to engage with the lyrics of the song, Sarah finds it best to embody a character rather than reminisce about her own relationships. “I think as a performer you need to play a character, when I heard the song I found it really heard to envision myself in that state of mind – thinking of someone all the time – because I can’t think of anybody!”.
Sarah finds that the song’s optimism and idealisation of an ex is characteristic of a teenage romance. “That’s why I bring it back to my first love because it was lovely, it was really nice, it was full of romance and when you looked at them your heart lit up”.
“I’m really grounded in the sense that I know who I am”.
Sarah explains to our William that after becoming a mother, she altered her focus and became less image-conscious. She credits her energy and positivity to no longer worrying about what others think of her. “I am who I am, I’m going to be the best version of me that I can be and after that, that’s all I can do.”
Sarah will perform in the Second Semi Final in Tel Aviv. Will she have your vote? Let us know in the comments!