After six years of internal selection, Ireland is returning to a national final for Eurovision 2022. And on Monday, the first two entries were played during Ryan Tubridy’s RTÉ Radio One show — Rachel Goode’s “I’m Loving Me” and Brendan Murray’s “Real Love”.
There will be six songs in total, with four more more entries premiering on the show throughout the week. Brooke Scullion has confirmed that her new single “That’s Rich” will debut on Wednesday’s edition of Tubridy’s show — indicating that it’s one of the six.
RTÉ has also confirmed that the Eurosong 2022 final will take place on Friday 4 February.
Eurosong 2022 — The first two acts
Rachel Goode — “I’m Loving Me”
Music by Thomas Karlsson / Johan Mauritzson / Joakim Övrenius
Lyrics by Anna Engh
Rachel is a classically trained soprano from Ballinasloe in County Galway. However, for Eurosong she’s crossed over to pop with the Scandi-bop “I’m Loving Me”. Joakim Ovrenius is one of the songwriters. He produced Poland’s “The Ride” in 2021. Karlsson and Mauritzson also wrote on Rafał’s track.
Brendan Murray – “Real Love”
Written and composed by Brendan Murray & Darrell Coyle
Rising to fame with the chart-topping boyband Hometown, Brendan Murray was internally selected to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2017 with “Dying To Try”. Despite investing in a large hot air balloon prop, Ireland stayed in the semi-final. Brendan returned to TV screens a little over a year later when he competed on the final season of the UK X Factor. He made it to the semi-final, placing fifth overall.
Brooke Scullion — “That’s Rich”
Brooke’s song wasn’t played. However she has already revealed her that her new single “That’s Rich” will be debuted by Tubridy on Wednesday — thereby indicating that’s she’s most likely one of the six finalists. She competed on the 2020 season of The Voice UK. She impressed all four judges with her blind audition, as they all turned their chairs. She eventually reached the final and finished joint third.
I'M BACK! My new single That's Rich ? is out this Wednesday!! Tune into the first play from 9am Wednesday on @RyanTubridyShow on @RTERadio1!! ?? Pre-save here to view the artwork!! https://t.co/G4jApcm6uc pic.twitter.com/24u4HfIk2d— Brooke (@Brooke_Scullion) January 17, 2022
Eurosong 2022: What we know so far
Six songs will compete for the Irish ticket to Turin during a special broadcast of The Late Late Show in February. The remaining four will be released throughout the week, also on Ryan Tubridy’s morning show.
All six songs will then be performed on The Late Late Show on RTÉ One on 4 February. Here, the Irish public will decide its representative for Eurovision 2022 along with input from both a national and international jury.
Ireland’s Head of Delegation Michael Kealy is enthusiastic about the return of a national selection. In September, saying in September that he was “very excited by the return of a Eurovision National Final on The Late Late Show and the prospect of giving the public a greater say in selecting our entry for Italy. Every year the Eurovision gets bigger and more competitive than ever and given the enormous exposure and huge financial rewards for the winner I’m hopeful that we will attract a very high calibre of songwriter and performer.”
The return of Eurosong selection comes on the back of two consecutive semi-final last places at Eurovision. In 2019, Sarah McTernan was bottom of the pack with “22”, while Lesley Roy suffered a similar fate with “Maps” in 2021.
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