They’re the Irish pop rock band from County Kildare who have had two #1 albums since 2017. And now — following Ireland’s last-place finish in Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2021 — Picture This have signalled that they’re keen to get involved with Eurovision by writing a song.
As the Irish Mirror reports, drummer Jimmy Rainsford and vocalist Ryan Hennessy are self-professed Eurovision fans and Jimmy previously served on Ireland’s jury.
Jimmy made it clear that he has a deep respect for the competition, saying that Lesley Roy was up against an “elite level of songs” and adding that Eurovision “is becoming cool again” owing to some very contemporary songs.
“People took the piss out of Eurovision, even the people who were entering the Eurovision took the piss out of it for a long time.”
“It just got ridiculous but now I feel like the songs are coming back and it’s getting a lot better credits.”
“I think next year it will be huge but definitely something we would consider because it’s Eurovision.”
So would they write a Eurovision song for Ireland?
“Yes, absolutely,” Ryan said. “We actually love Eurovision.”
The cynics among us might point out that the band is currently promoting their third album. Life in Colour dropped on June25 and currently sits at #2 on the Irish charts. The band have made no secret of wanting to push it to the top.
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But when you hear the guys talk about Eurovision, it seems like much more than a run at publicity. They seem to have given it a lot of thought — even debating whether they’d want to sing in their native language.
“I love the Irish language in general,” Ryan said. “I also understand that like… Maneskin, there’s a lot of people that speak Italian… there’s not a lot of people around the world that speak Irish.”
“So I don’t know if it would translate as well as other languages would but I think it would be amazing just because it would be different.”
“I think if you got a great pop song but they’re singing it in Irish, it would be interesting. Why not try something like rather than doing the same thing over again. I think it would be interesting.”
Are you into the idea of Picture This writing a song for Eurovision? Would you want them to sing it, or do you think they should give it to an up-and-comer? Let us know in the comments box below!