It’s the country that’s drip-fed us tidbits of information for the past several weeks. But it’s almost time for Irish fans to be put out of their misery — Ireland’s Eurovision 2020 entry will be revealed on 5 March.
RTÉ broke the news on Thursday afternoon, just hours after one of the broadcaster’s most popular DJs teased a “whopper”.
Ireland will release its Eurovision 2020 song on 5 March
The Irish song will receive its worldwide debut on RTÉ 2FM’s Breakfast with Doireann and Eoin. An exact time has not been confirmed, but the programme normally runs from 6.00 to 9.00 GMT (7:00 to 10:00 CET).
Then, one day later, the song will be performed live for the first time on The Late Late Show on RTÉ One television.
— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) February 27, 2020
Ireland’s entry is a “whopper”
The confirmation from RTÉ comes mere hours after one of its own confirmed that the entry is a “whopper”. Tracy Clifford made the bold claim while discussing the UK’s song from James Newman on her 2FM show.
Listening to “One Last Breath”, she mutters “nah”. Elaborating, she says “I’ll tell you why. I’ve heard the Irish one. It’s a whopper this year”.
Just in case anyone was in any doubt, she repeats “whopper”, adding “way better than [the British song]… it’s not working out for me this year”.
“Ireland, in with a very good chance. Absolutely!”.
In conclusion, “It’s very, very good. We may not beat them in rugby but we’ll definitely beat them in the Eurovision”.
Ireland: What we know so far
Clifford’s “whopper” comments come just a couple of weeks after Ireland’s new creative director, ThisIsPopBaby’s Philly McMahon teased an “almighty bop” that’s “up there” with Loreen’s “Euphoria”.
Meanwhile, two acts have been top of the rumour list — Lesley Roy and ELM.
According to tabloid reports, Roy is the chosen act.
Many fans were banking on ELM, but the group recently confirmed tour dates which clash with Eurovision rehearsals. While first run-throughs are underway on 4 May, they’ll be playing a gig in London.
Are you excited to discover Ireland’s act? Will it match up to expectations? Let us know in the comments.