He was revealed as Ireland’s Creative Director for Eurovision 2020 late on Wednesday evening. And now, mere hours later, Philly McMahon is dropping teasers regarding the Irish act for Rotterdam.
Ireland will send an LGBT+ act to Eurovision 2020
McMahon tells the magazine that “While I can’t reveal anything about the song, I can exclusively tell GCN that the act is an artistically on point LGBT act. Next stop Rotterdam!”
Of course, Ireland has no shortage of LGBTQ acts to choose from. So the clues are not enough to identify anyone in particular. However, it does eliminate several names.
Ireland has previously been represented by gay performers Brian Kennedy (2006) and Ryan Dolan (2013), while its 2018 stage show revolved around a same-sex love story.
Ireland’s Eurovision 2020 staging
ThisIsPopBaby, under the leadership of Philly McMahon, will be responsible for staging Ireland’s 2020 entry. The news initially broke via Twitter.
The avant-garde theatre group is critically acclaimed and known for shows such as Riot and Alice in Funderland.
McMahon shares his vision with GCN.
“We’ve been in conversation with RTÉ for quite a few years about Eurovision, and the planets have finally aligned for this historic 50 year anniversary of Ireland first winning the competition. RTÉ played us the song and we instantly said yes. We come at the competition as superfans, patriotic pop tarts and show ponies.
“Our dream for Eurovision is to win it, yes, but it’s also about creating an Italia ’90 moment for the country. We want to build a swell of support for this epic song at home, and we want the Irish fans to feel like this is a Eurovision moment from fans, of fans and for fans. We want Europe to know that Ireland 2020 is a fresh look, a fresh vibe, and a fresh start.
“This is a rare and valuable opportunity for artists and songwriters to gain exposure on a global scale,” and that “confidence and attitude are definite advantages.”
Of the upcoming collaboration, Ireland’s HoD Michael Kealy tweeted: “Delighted to be working with this group of super talented individuals!”
Delighted to be working with this group of super talented individuals! https://t.co/CMYo7cfYka
— Michael Kealy (@michaelkealy1) January 29, 2020
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