The 1950s was a decade known for pinup beauties.

And at Ireland’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2019, Sarah McTernan was a vision in a red co-ord.

She starts her performance strutting out from between the spinning LED screens, before catching up with her backing dancers at their favourite milkshake bar.

Sarah wore a fun statement necklace with the word “Pow” and big hoops, giving a modern flourish to a staple fifties look.

Ireland has a particularly beautiful shot from overhead of Sarah spinning on a bar above a star scape. The rest of the scene is given over to a 1950s comic book vibe and lyrics lifted direct from “22”.

The camera angles still need work. There are bits where it doesn’t focus enough on Sarah and in one of the runs there was a a shot where we saw a cameraman running across stage.

On the whole Ireland have the ingredients here to serve up a delectable stage show. Tighter camera angles will help.

On the vocal front, Sarah sounded the best she has all season long.

Sarah McTernan — “22″: Reviews and Reactions

Ireland: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2019

Ireland: First press conference 2019

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Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
1 year ago

Surprise surprise. She said initially that the staging would be simple like Ryan’s last year!…well wow this looks really good!!

pierre ledoux
pierre ledoux
1 year ago

rises up from nowhere- this song tells a story so expect it to do very well…. ireland writes good songs..

Josheurov19
Josheurov19
1 year ago

Chris is a moan isn’t he? Pot, kettle here….. as he is always under rehearsed, misses his cue, has bad timing and no presence on camera. Sarah has just had one rehearsal and will only get better.Chris is always under par in his performance and has never got better so those in glass houses…….

Bella
Bella
1 year ago

Love this song, but her vocals sounded really bad on this video… Hopefully it’ll sound better when it’s actually recorded and broadcasted.

Ron
Ron
1 year ago
Reply to  Bella

Someone who was in the press centre says virtually the only time Sarah went offkey for the entire morning was on that short clip and this is giving a totally misleading impression of the rehearsal. Apparently she sounded great on the other run throughs.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

I can’t say I like what we’ve seen so far, but it gave an identity to the song, which is positive. Sarah’s voice can and should get some love for the juries, let’s see what the retro vibes can do with the televote.

P!nk Forever
P!nk Forever
1 year ago

The Truth About Love Tour says Hi! First Australia with their high flying elements, now Ireland with that backdrop. Truly inspired by Ms. P!nk!

Raven
Raven
1 year ago

LOVE IT!! THIS IS SO ORIGINAL AND FUNNY!! Well done!

NickC
NickC
1 year ago

I have a feeling this is sailing to the final…contrary to betting odds and fan expectations…

FR fan
FR fan
1 year ago
Reply to  NickC

I hope so ?

PP77
PP77
1 year ago
Reply to  NickC

Agree . Retro song and retro vibe of staging help Serbia 2011 to go to final(juries pushed song in final)

NickC
NickC
1 year ago
Reply to  PP77

Good point!

Ron
Ron
1 year ago

Love the 1960s Pop Art backdrop, easily the best Irish backdrop since Lipstick in 2011. They appear to have staged the hell out of 22, I would say this is a natural continuation of what they started last year with Ryan O’Shaughnessy (but in a completely different style of course). Hopefully it pays off Sarah gets through to the final.

Olivia Mac Arthur
Olivia Mac Arthur
1 year ago
Reply to  Ron

Interestingly it’s the same team. I think RTE should keep them, they know what they’re doing.

Jake
Jake
1 year ago

The staging is definitely elevating this. Good on them. I can see juries placing this in the top 10. She has a nice husky tone to her voice and it all has a cool retro vibe to it.

Nazmije
Nazmije
1 year ago

Not exactly the song I’d associate with that decade but okay.

Ezal
Ezal
1 year ago

Me likey! Cheerfull light entry between all drama, this could be surprise Q

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago

A bit cheesy for my taste, but it’s good to hear that Ireland gave us something memorable – overall the idea sounds fun and original, with that whole retro trend nowadays I think it’s gonna get some love from the viewers. I really want them to qualify and I think they will.

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

The staging lifts the song!
This could be a dark horse!

Slamin19
Slamin19
1 year ago

I like the pop art behind the performance. I think it will be remembered from the earlier entries despite being in second position in the running order. Remember there is a recap of the songs so people will see the performance again before voting. Voters will remember the colour, fun, positivity and vote.

Serhatari
Serhatari
1 year ago

It looks very amateurish for me. The song is sweet, but not impactful enough for a final place.

Sorry Ireland!

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

Now it makes sense why they put it 2nd in running order. Quite a contrast after Armenia and before Moldova. It will do well with juries.

Makis
Makis
1 year ago

Liked her better than Armenia, tbh. Staging is too important, apparently.

Eric
Eric
1 year ago

She looks great

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

rahrah served such a cute performance. i was wishing for less green and more pink but honestly she’s on the right way <3