Mile Graham Eurosong 2022

And then there were six! The line-up for Ireland’s revived Eurosong format is complete, with Miles Graham and “Yeah We’re Gonna Get Out Of It” being announced as the final act on Friday morning’s Ryan Tubridy Show.

Miles will join Brendan Murray, Rachel Goode, Janet Grogan. Brooke Scullion and Patrick O’Sullivan in the 4 February national final. 

“I wrote the song around April/May 2020 while on the first lockdown at home with my kids,” Miles says. “I’m so proud of this song and the way it organically came about. It’s got a real sense of hope and community about it. It would be amazing if it ends up representing Ireland at the Eurovision. As a songwriter, to have my own children singing on the track is really so special. I try to create music that I want listen to and focus on trying to create unique melodies and lyrics. Piano and all vocals were recorded in my living room, and the rest in London. A nice addition was the brass and trumpet solo, which was played by members from Amy Winehouse’s original touring brass ensemble.”

Eurosong 2022 — The Six Acts

Miles Graham – “Yeah We’re Gonna Get Out Of It”

Music and lyrics by: Miles Graham, Justin Broad and Paul Herman

Graham is a Dublin-born singer-songwriter. His debut EP Air In My Lungs was released in 2015. It caught the attention of the late Terry Wogan and the long-time UK commentator invited Graham to perform on his BBC radio show. He’s since released a second EP and a number of singles.

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. She’s perhaps best known as a country singer and is due to appear in the new series of TG4’s Glór Tíre — a reality-based talent search for Ireland’s newest country and western music star. 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.

“This song is such a bop, total 80s vibes & absolutely screams Eurovision – a totally different genre than my usuals but I love it & hope you’ll get behind me so I can represent ireland in this years Eurovision”, wrote Rachel on Instagram.

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.

Brendan explains the meaning behind “Real Love” as such: “it’s not realising what was right in front of you the whole time. You’ve ignored and put the thought of it to one side but then you come to that realization that you should have said what you felt a long time ago. You’ve convinced and made excuses for yourself when you really should have told that person how you really felt.”

Janet Grogan – “Ashes of Yesterday”

Music and lyrics by Aidan O Connor, John Emil and Sandra Wikström

Janet’s first brush with fame came in 2016 when she appeared on the UK X Factor. Despite generating some media buzz at home, she was eliminated in the six chair challenge. She was later a backing singer for Nicky Byrne and Ryan O’Shaughnessy at Eurovision 2016 and 2018 respectively. In 2021, she was a finalist on RTÉ’s new talent show The Last Singer Standing.

On “Ashes of Yesterday”, Janet says it’s “all about rebuilding yourself up after disappointment, to not let self-doubt or others bring you down. The message is so powerful and encouraging, especially after the tough few years everyone has had. I want to uplift people and if I can do it while representing Ireland, that would be a dream come true.”

Brooke Scullion — “That’s Rich”

Written by Brooke Scullion, Izzy Warner and Karl Zine

Brooke 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. Brooke says that she was inspired by the likes of Blondie and The Gossip when she wrote “That’s Rich”. “I was reading Debbie Harry’s autobiography and wanted to encapsulate the attitude she portrayed in her life,” she says.

Patrick O’Sullivan – “One Night, One Kiss, One Promise”

Written by Nicky Byrne, Danny O’Reilly and Lar Kaye

Patrick won the inaugural season of RTÉ’s new talent show The Last Singer Standing. Originally from Cork, he’s now based in London and was recently cast in The Book Of Mormon on the West End. Eurovision 2016 singer and Westlife star Nicky Byrne is among the song’s writers.

Ireland’s Eurosong 2022

Six songs will compete for the Irish ticket to Turin during a special broadcast of The Late Late Show 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, he said 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.

What do you think of the first two songs? Is Ireland onto a winner? Let us know below.

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AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
4 months ago

Ireland were once a powerhouse.
After hearing these songs, they remain a 90’s powerhouse.

Aisling
Aisling
4 months ago

I actually don’t mind half of these songs. Not listening to Brendan Murray. Got 30 seconds into Rachel’s song and had to stop. This one is cute, but probably more suited to junior eurovision (except we sing as Gaeilge for that so…) That’s rich is an absolute bop that if Cyprus had sent it, people would be raving. I also like One Night One Kiss One Promise even though the lyrics don’t really make sense… We should probably send That’s Rich to show the world that we are not illiterate 🙂

europotato
europotato
4 months ago
Reply to  Aisling

hahaha we want to at least show that we speak at least 1 language lmao. I was saying, it would be funny if the video for one kiss was just his partner being so confused throughout about what hes saying. lmao

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago

It´s the only song from irish preselection which I like.

Trocatroc
Trocatroc
4 months ago

All I am seeing is those two trumpets and it’s giving me traumatic flashbacks

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago

People are being way too harsh. This is Ireland’s first NF since 2015. Give it a chance people! I’ve listened to all the songs in the other NF’s so far and I’ll spare you the time…90% of them are just as bad as these songs (other than Brooke’s). Brooke is the best choice for Ireland. She can 100% qualify, but she needs to go all-out with the staging and put her personality into it! Go Ireland! 🙂

Ron
Ron
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

I think it’s arguably a stronger Irish NF than Eurosong 2014 or 2015 myself. It’s certainly not weaker than them. And yes, Brooke is by far the standout.

Marc
Marc
4 months ago

As an Irishman it’s pretty sad to see how bad we’ve been since I started watching in 2011. RTE need a shakeup because the people who choose the songs have no idea what works in modern eurovision. They can bang on about 7 victories all they want but it doesn’t change the fact we’ve become a bit of a laughing stock and poor entries are pretty much expected now. The HoD was pretty embarassing on the radio this week he’s so clearly out of touch.

EvEuro
EvEuro
4 months ago
Reply to  Marc

Well said. But this is the case for years. It is a pity that there is no sign that RTE is going to change. And yes, it was made worse with the HOD radio interview. Such a pity.

Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago

disgusting. who ever told them people wanted to hear a covid themed song, let alone with THAT lyric video

Darren
4 months ago

Pfft

That is all.

See ya in 2023….maybe

Craig
Craig
4 months ago

I feel like someone at RTE has thought, ‘let’s find a bunch of bland, soulless versions of the kind of songs those cool Scandinavian countries send’… and this is the result.

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Craig

Legit look into the mindset of the RTÉ board room.

Incredibly accurate.

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  Craig

Only Malta, Poland and San Marino are not in Scandinavia

Zelenovi
Zelenovi
4 months ago

Two of these lyrics videos contain typos. From a country of native English speakers. That kind of says it all.

Cheers RTÉ… maybe 2023 will be our year *shrug*

EdD
EdD
4 months ago
Reply to  Zelenovi

What’s the other one that contains a typo? I haven’t found it!

Michèle
Michèle
4 months ago

As a Eurovision fan from Ireland I’m once again very disappointed with this selection of songs – though not surprised. Whoever is selecting is just stuck in a time warp and not a good one at that! The HOD and his team need to go and a complete new selection process has to be put in place if Ireland has any hope of even qualifying in the future. To be honest, things did not bode well when Ryan Tubridy, introducing the first song on his radio programme on Monday morning stated that the Eurovision Song Contest would take place in… Read more »

Xxx
Xxx
4 months ago

Do we really need a NF when Brooke – That’s Rich is right there!

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago

I appreciate how this one is the only song in the Irish selection that actually seems to come from an artist just pouring their feelings into a piece of paper and some musical notes. But unfortunately it sounds more like a draft than a proper release to me. In any case, I guess Miles and Patrick are the mildly adequate alternates in case Brooke fails to deliver.

Héctor
Héctor
4 months ago

Definitely not enough for a music contest… I wonder if this s the best Ireland can do. If this is the best of what RTE received, they should reconsider their approachment to Eurovision because they are missing great artist out there. I will never get tired of saying Ireland has tons of potential but they just go for average simple songs that aren’t competitive in a contest.

At this point, I’d go for Patrick O’Sullivan or Brooke Scullion but unfortunately none of them would make Ireland qualify in a standard year.

Last edited 4 months ago by Héctor
Héctor
Héctor
4 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

Janet Grogan’s “Ashes of Yesterday” would be the third option and I can see Ireland picking her if she nails it live.

EvEuro
EvEuro
4 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

I think the Janet Grogan song is actually the best of the lot to get out of the semi

Nils
Nils
4 months ago

Wonderful and interesting voice, charming and modern song, unique and genuine style. All about this is really good. But it somehow still doesn’t manage to truly captivate me, so it’s only my no. 3 behind Patrick and Brooke for now. Yet, if selected, this would definitely qualify for the Grand Final. Brooke’s song could turn into a fiasco if the staging or the performance suck or if there are too many electropop bops. Patrick’s song could after all turn out too tame and uneventful (even though that’s what I like about it) to be noticed. But Miles’ song alone is… Read more »

Michael crosse
Michael crosse
4 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Yes it’s a strong alternative to That’s rich that’s for sure might even win if it really caught on as you say it could do not a million miles pun intended away

Zisk
Zisk
4 months ago

Irish eurofan here, are there any countries that want a new fan this year? I’ll happily learn Albanian or Maltese or anything else required to end the misery of Ireland’s performance in the last decade. There’s one song here that stops us from coming last place 3 contests in a row.

Zelenovi
Zelenovi
4 months ago
Reply to  Zisk

Same. I hope Ukraine will have me.

Christopher Grevener
Christopher Grevener
4 months ago

Rachel for the win ??????

Europotato
Europotato
4 months ago

My top 6 1. Brooke – that’s rich. Gives me Ashley Tisdale era which is a nice nostalgia. With good staging this could be more impactful than we are expecting. 2. Janet grogan – ashes of yesterday. Uplifting song with good elements in there. Can’t deny her amazing voice too so again with good staging this could be generally appreciated. 3. Patrick O’Sullivan – voice is crazy good and that’s only why it’s my third 4. Rachel Goode- I can say I like the voice again. 5. Brendan Murray- only because the next one I think is just cringe 6.… Read more »

sam
sam
4 months ago

sorry but this is one of the worst songs i have ever heard in a national selection, its utter cringe… brooke is the only hope ireland has of placing 10th in their semi and eeking a qualification out

James
James
4 months ago

Apparently, based from comments here last year, no one liked the idea of pandemic-related songs existing at all.

Séamus Mór
Séamus Mór
4 months ago

I don’t get me why so many people seem to favour Brooke, of the 6 songs IMO it’s the cheapest and nastiest of the bunch followed swiftly by Rachel Goode. Brendan Murray makes me yawn and Patrick O’ Sullivan lyrics are awful.

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago
Reply to  Séamus Mór

I am with you. Brooke ist not my cup pf tea (just like all artists sounds like Lady Gaga). I prefer Miles Graham

West
West
4 months ago

The obvious joke about what Ireland’s future in the contest is aside – this isn’t bad. I like it and am willing to listen to it as a background to reading a book or something. But I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t immediately forget the song after listening to it. It just doesn’t stand out enough.

Addie
Addie
4 months ago

Not bad, but the chorus is sooo repetitive. It’s unfortunate, since he has a good voice. Overall it sounds like a children’s motivational song or something. It does remind me of Daz Sampson (total cringefest) I think, if Ireland wants to keep it safe, they probably should go with Brooke. I know you have much more potential than this, Ireland! This is all that Michael Kealy’s fault.

Efraim
Efraim
4 months ago

Personal top 6 for Ireland’s NF:
#1: Brooke – That’s Rich
#2: Rachel Goode – I’m Loving Me
#3: Janet Grogan – Ashes of Yesterday
#4: Brendan Murray – Real Love
#5: Miles Graham – Yeah We’re Gonna Get Out of It
#6: Patrick O’Sullivan – One Night, One Kiss, One Promise

Efraim
Efraim
4 months ago

Brooke’s the obvious choice for Ireland.

Aria
Aria
4 months ago

Incredibly boring. This is the worst one out of a dire bunch. I want Brendan. His voice makes up for the song. Safe to say Ireland will not win Eurovision.

Last edited 4 months ago by Aria
Irishfan
Irishfan
4 months ago

I have covid this week and have lost my sense of taste (which I hope reemerges very soon!). However, my defunct taste buds tell me Ireland’s eurosong hopefuls are woeful.

esc_fl
esc_fl
4 months ago

I’ve been listening to That’s Rich non-stop now, that has to be Ireland’s choice! I’d go for Patrick’s song second, it’s not bad actually and his voice is stellar. This song is just ew, sadly. I was really hoping Ireland could pull off a UMK or ESCZ.

Gmisk
4 months ago

If we want to make a final for a change…that’s Rich is clearly our best option…but the late late show audience tends to be older so they might for the Patrick O Sullivan song or even this…

Europotato
Europotato
4 months ago

No, just no. Very boring, the repeating part is annoying after a while. Here’s to hoping 2023 will be irelands year. Lol

Escfan
4 months ago
Reply to  Europotato

we’ve been saying that for a few years

Europotato
Europotato
4 months ago
Reply to  Escfan

It’s terribly sad. It shows you just how a small team of people can have that little taste or interest in music that they consistently pick the most basic songs going. Honestly, it takes a person with zero interest in music to be able to achieve what Ireland has achieved lately. It’s almost criminal the way this delegation treat this contest. Anything for a free holiday it seems. Actually once I heard him talk about norways fairytale in the Monday interview it was a given that they have no idea of what current day Eurovision is all about. I’m done… Read more »

Emmo
Emmo
4 months ago
Reply to  Europotato

That’s RTE for you. You don’t have to be any good at your job/role. Just look at our record since 2013.

EvEuro
EvEuro
4 months ago
Reply to  Europotato

Yes. Was a bad interview. Showing little interest or even basic knowledge of Eurovision. If you say “I think” they send the winner of San Remo to Eurovision and you are a long time HOD then there are no words!

Una
Una
4 months ago

I don’t like it at all. Lyrics way too realistic re the seemingly neverending situation. Laid back and musically uninspired. Those young voices sound out of place.

With this last song, Ireland gets the award (so far) for the longest song titles.

Brooke’s “That’s Rich” for the win!! The chorus and the beat are stuck firmly in my head and I only listened to it twice.

Aria
Aria
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

Yeah it’s like he’s counting on Covid to get him votes. No thx

Last edited 4 months ago by Aria
Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

Almost as long as Man Gewoehnt Sich So Schnell An Das Schoene

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
4 months ago

“This video is private”

Jacob
Jacob
4 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

That was fast

Roro31
4 months ago

For me, for Ireland :

1. Brooke
2. Miles Graham
3. Patrick O’Sullivan

if one of the three wins, I’ll be happy!

Jacob
Jacob
4 months ago

Damn, Ireland. You will have really hard time in semi final. I think Brooke (or maybe Rachel Goode) is your only chance for Grand Final.

And why the hell is there George Floyd next to “We’ll make sure you’re gonna breath”? Completely tasteless given his last words.

Last edited 4 months ago by Jacob
europotato
europotato
4 months ago
Reply to  Jacob

Omg don’t please. I haven’t heard it yet and already I’m cringing.

Franky
Franky
4 months ago
Reply to  Jacob

And they used the wrong word. It should be breathe, not breath.

Jacob
Jacob
4 months ago
Reply to  Franky

Yeah, looks like someone was in a hurry.

lisa thompson
lisa thompson
4 months ago
Reply to  Jacob

ooopps lol

Denis
Denis
4 months ago

Absolutely the one they should send! It would be something new for Ireland. Is it perfect? Nope. Is it a masterpiece that will fight for votes? No. But it has something going for it. It would be a risk but one I think would pay off. It at least is optimistic

Jake
Jake
4 months ago

I totally know where Ireland can get a couple of giant trumpets for their staging on the cheap.

Séamus Mór
Séamus Mór
4 months ago
Reply to  Jake

You read my mind!

LaToya
LaToya
4 months ago
Reply to  Jake

*TRIGGER WARNING*

Riki
Riki
4 months ago

Cute song but it’s just another 22.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

It’s a really bad selection and this is actually the song I like least. There’s something very Sesame Street about it and I’m 100% not the audience for it.

I’d send Brooke and try not to set my expectations too high. At the very least, it’s not an embarrassing entry and actually, with it being Ireland, it won’t even be the worst thing they’ve sent in the last five years.

Michael crosse
Michael crosse
4 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Yes on the other hand it’s similar enough to grocer jack not a bad song

Séamus Mór
Séamus Mór
4 months ago

I don’t dislike it, it’s missing something but it has something (if that makes sense). Of the six it’s probably the best and slickest, it’s something different from us and like others below have said it’s a risk worth taking.

impressiveinstants
impressiveinstants
4 months ago

Dire future for Ireland.

TheWayItIs
TheWayItIs
4 months ago

Yep, I really don’t get all the hate that gets thrown in Irelands direction. Some really good songs in this NF but because it’s Ireland it’s automatically a “NQ”. Embarrassing stuff really.

I guess with Ireland being the most successful Eurovision country there is a target on their back but let’s not deviate entirely from reality here.

Really like this song.

lisa thompson
lisa thompson
4 months ago
Reply to  TheWayItIs

can’t the Silver Bear have a 4th crack at it?

AndersP
AndersP
4 months ago

I think this is the one to send. It’s very different to what Ireland usually goes for, and it’s not something we’ve really heard at Eurovision before. It would be a risk, but I think one worth taking.

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago

This is the best choice for Ireland.

Are there problems with it? Of course. Lyrically it is a bit questionable and I hate jaunty trumpets, but it wins over in the end for its relentless optimism, which quite frankly we all need sometimes.

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
4 months ago

This is the best song from the bunch, but it makes me feel sad that a country with such an interesting musical industry -and history-, outside the Eurovision history, can only come with these six songs… sorry but this problem problem beyond the economic situation of RTE, this is a mater of a mediocre delegation. Ireland’s head of delegation and his whole team should be replace. Ireland deserve a better team

Voilà monsieur
Voilà monsieur
4 months ago

Looks like another year Ireland stays in the semis. Michael Kealy has to be the most incompetent HoD out of every nation taking part. If it was football, he would’ve resigned/been saked years ago

Campbell Grace
Campbell Grace
4 months ago

This is a risky song but I think it would pay off if ireland chose this.

It depends, does Ireland want to play it safe with a good entry from Brooke or take a risk with a good entry from Miles?

Last edited 4 months ago by Campbell Grace
shira
shira
4 months ago

Aww I really like this one. There’s sincerity here that’s really endearing. It’s definitely a quality song. That’s Rich still holds my heart, but this is a firm second.

ArvinRoido Atienza
ArvinRoido Atienza
4 months ago

This is not bad and with a great staging and choreo (just like in the video) this could be a dark horse like Together in 2018

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
4 months ago

It’s a bit weird, but actually probably also the most interesting song of the bunch. At last some freshness and creativity. My only issue is that it does lose a bit of pace at times, but the lyrics are good and there is a quirkyness that I like. I don’t think Ireland could do a Dadi Freyr with this; however with good staging it might not be a bad choice.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

This is certainly the most creative song out of the bunch. It feels a bit low-key, musically speaking, and I’m having a 2006 UK flashbacks with the backing vocals chanting the title (I am okay with that song, though). However, verses have something to say (even if they might be too ambitious, having a lot of different topics). That said, yeah, this one might give us something to talk about when Ireland is involved. I kinda like it. 🙂

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin