Ireland Eurosong 2022 Brendan Murray Rachel Goode Miles Graham Brooke Patrick O'Sullivan Janet Grogan

We discovered the six finalists in Ireland’s Eurosong 2022 last week. Now it’s time to listen to the songs and choose your favourites. Lesley Roy flew the tricolour in Rotterdam, but who do you want to see succeed her at Eurovision 2022?

You can listen to all six Eurosong 2022 entries below. Then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many contestants as you like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to check the box next to every act you want to support before submitting your votes. Voting ends on Thursday 3 February — just ahead of the final on 4 February’s The Late Late Show.

Ireland’s Eurosong 2022 finalists

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.

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.

Who should win Ireland’s Eurosong 2022?

Who did you vote for? Who will win? Who should win? Let us know below.

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Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
3 months ago

Most of these songs are incredibly safe and unimaginative. Most of these singers are great, so the songs are really a waste of their talents. I’d choose That’s Rich since that’s the only song (though hardly a masterpiece) that shows some energy and creativity.

shira
shira
3 months ago

currently Living for That’s Rich by Brooke Scullion. It’s been my most replayed song of the NF season so far.

LaVoixCZ
3 months ago

Nothing special.

Mr X
Mr X
3 months ago

I only like Miles and a little bitte even Patrick.

Europotato
Europotato
3 months ago

The maddest thing reading these comments is the fact that not even a year ago everyone was up in arms at albina not qualifying with her safe pop track. Ireland give an even better safe pop track with that’s rich and its dragged down. Like it or not, the song is most definitely a grower and Brooke has all the charm to elevate the song. I’m confident if she won the NF she’d qualify with ease.

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Europotato

Just because they’re the same genre, it doesn’t mean they should be judged the same. Plus, eurofans wanted Albina to qualify because of her performance so we have to wait and see if Brooke delivers…

Europotato
Europotato
3 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Good point. Hopefully Brooke smashes it on Friday.

Denis
Denis
3 months ago

I think either Miles or Brooke should win,with Miles slightly having the edge. Both are good songs but Miles has that extra something. It would be something new for Ireland.
Brooke is good to with a nice modern pop song that still is safe..

Elaine
Elaine
3 months ago

There is some good songs in there that would do well in the charts but eurovison has evolved into something different and a good chart song isn’t good enough anymore. Why not try a different approach and put through Miles Graham? If they got staging and backing performance right and good delivery of the message in the song, you never know ????

Last edited 3 months ago by Elaine
Paul8900
Paul8900
3 months ago

I would go for Patrick here. Catchy song, well-produced. If they stage it will it could qualify. That Rich-song is just annoying. Choose wisely, Ireland!

ArvinRoido Atienza
ArvinRoido Atienza
3 months ago

Miles is the best here, but unfortunately he might not win because of what he did recently

Séamus Mór
Séamus Mór
3 months ago

What did he do recently?

ete sech
ete sech
3 months ago

Context, please

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

I voted for Ashes of Yesterday and the fan favorite, That’s Rich.

My main complaint with Ireland’s selection is the lack of songs to choose from. They have time for more songs instead of doing review segments of the 1990s glory days and having judges giving feedback. It’s not like this magic number of 6 has worked in recent selections for either them or the UK. With more songs there would at least be some hope of overcoming pre-selection bias.

Addie
Addie
3 months ago

Hmm…. This is disappointing. I like only two out of this bunch, and I don’t even believe they would qualify in Eurovision. First of all, there’s Brooke – I like it a bit, but it’s not that great or original. I see that the fandom does prefer this to the other five, since That’s Rich is atleast somewhat radio-friendly. This song needs a really good staging for it to win the national final (which is probably not gonna happen, sorry) Next, I like Patrick’s song too, but its not great either. I love its vibe and the instrumentation, but the… Read more »

Colin
Colin
3 months ago

The main reason why there’s a lukewarm reception is that these songs feel safe and familiar. They aren’t bad. I mean, just compare them to what Moldova has presented us with. Each has a capable vocalist, and a melody that somewhat easily sticks. The issue is the lack of creativity in assembling such a small number of songs. A good ”safe song” can stick when sorrounded by more daring entries, while having them together can make each sound even more safe than they normally would. Nothing stands out, and I’m not even sure most of these would qualify as ”good… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Colin
NickC
NickC
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Well said Colin!

Jo.
Jo.
3 months ago

sorry, but this is such a mediocre bunch.
i think brendan could qualify with a MASSIVE jury push, the rest is hopeless

CRAIG
CRAIG
3 months ago

This is a such a uninspiring bunch of songs

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

That’s rich should represent Ireland. A fun, modern song that will attract younger audience and could go viral. Yes, it’s not a strong song but with the right staging it might qualify.

Jake
Jake
3 months ago

Well the line up of countries in the second half of the second semi leaves Ireland the clearest shot at making the final in ages—if they can’t then they have no excuse other than their taste in pre-selecting songs

I’d wager the performance on the night will deliver the winner as I don’t think there will be much in terms of staging on the Late Show

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago

Janet Grogan has some pretty strong odds over at the bookmaker covering this selection. She’s at 40% as of speaking so that suggests some level of confidence/knowledge that the rest of us probably don’t have.

As for the question, let’s be honest. No country should be sending any of these songs to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2022.

Paca
Paca
3 months ago

1. That’s rich
2. One night, one kiss, one promise

Leo M
Leo M
3 months ago

I would love Miles Graham to get the win but don’t think the Irish public would vote for it. Think it’s either gonna be Janet or Brooke to take the win

Héctor
Héctor
3 months ago

Either Patrick O’Sullivan or Brooke Scullion. I don’t really think any of them would qualify but they are enjoyable. Personally I prefer Patrick, though tbh Brooke would be a wiser option in term of potential success in a competition.

ete sech
ete sech
3 months ago

Putting the obviousness aside, Brooke is my favorite from this selection by a mile! I hope she wins, her song has a great potential and – because of that, it might open the door to better times for Ireland. I’m so thrilled! 😀

Last edited 3 months ago by ete sech
willchrisiam
willchrisiam
3 months ago

g) none of the above
But seriously they could do so much better…
I love Patrick’s voice and I voted for him but the song sounds like a Netflix show soundrtack. Love, Victor and 13 Reasons Why (I know, I know) came to mind. I keep humming the chorus of a song this sounds dangerously similar to but I can’t remember the lyrics. The fact that they contain a lot of ‘oh’s doesn’t help…

Orlagh Fox
Orlagh Fox
3 months ago

Janet

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

The mention of Debbie Harry convinces me it needs to be Brooke.

david damen
david damen
3 months ago

brenden because its the only one that will qualify

Roodi
Roodi
3 months ago
Reply to  david damen

Nobody is going to qualify lmao

Europotato
Europotato
3 months ago
Reply to  Roodi

Brooke would easily qualify if she’s chosen.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Europotato

There’s no way of knowing that.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

gurl, it’s not even a question

Yankee
Yankee
3 months ago

That’s rich is by far my favorite. Only like 2, but this is much better.

PineLemon
PineLemon
3 months ago

This NF is stronger than previous Irish NFS so that’s a positive and hopefully Ireland will continue with NFS and the quality continues to be present.

I think this will come down to the night and the live performances. There are some good vocalists here who could really bring the studio versions to live on the night.

Brooke is the current favourite as a studio cut but the talent is there in this NF and the vocals of these strong singers may sway juries on the night.

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
3 months ago

I seem to be the only Eurovision fan in the entire world who isn’t a fan of Brooke’s song. I feel like people are hyping this mainly because the other songs are so bad and because Ireland has had a poor track record at Eurovision in recent years. Also the hype surrounding her song probably won’t mean much because the number of Eurovision fans out there is pretty small in comparison to the general population. In other words, you can’t rely solely on the votes of Eurovision fans to get victory.

Aria
Aria
3 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

You’re not alone!

James
James
3 months ago
Reply to  Aria

We’re in this together. 🙂

Europotato
Europotato
3 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

I actually think that it’s the other way around. Brooke’s song is actually a banger and wouldn’t be turned down by artists like dua lipa or Ann Marie. It’s the fact the song is being analysed amongst the other entries which I admit aren’t great. But if I were to put this song in MGP or MelFest this would be a winner. It won’t win Eurovision but it’ll definitely qualify and maybe get other side of board.

Pineaple
Pineaple
3 months ago
Reply to  Europotato

It literally sounds like the sort of song Dua Lipa would record and then not release. It’s really cheap and quite repetitive. Brooke herself is great but she can’t save this flavourless song.

Pineaple
Pineaple
3 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

Very much agree with you here. The eurofan bubble and the general public tend to have diffrent tastes a lot of the time. Countries need to pick what’s best for Eurovision as a whole, not what’s gonna please the eurostans all the time.

Ron
Ron
3 months ago
Reply to  Pineaple

I don’t agree that That’s Rich is typical “fan” fare – that would be much more applicable to Rachel Goode’s song, very ESC sounding with a key change and everything.

Paca
Paca
3 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

I agree in part with you, but that’s rich is their best option.

Esc
Esc
3 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

Look, I get that it might not be an amazing song in comparison to others that are in national finals or selected but tbh, we don’t as Irish fans have much to cheer about when it comes to our entries. We have had disappointing results after disappointing results for years excluding 2018. Our HoD clearly doesn’t pay much attention to the competition and doesn’t take it seriously and with his team, selected these songs as “the best” of 330 entries or so. Whilst I do not believe for a minute that these were the 6 best songs, I think Brooke’s… Read more »

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
3 months ago
Reply to  Esc

As you mentioned people liked Maps last year and yet it flopped. Brooke’s song isn’t as good or well-polished as Maps. Also there are several countries in Ireland’s semi this year like Sweden and Australia that I expect to have stronger entries than any of the songs in the Irish NF so Ireland I imagine will really struggle to qualify this year.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
3 months ago

I really want to like these songs, but I cant. The songs are terrible. So terrible that I wouldn’t even see Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan, Norway, Sweden and Australia qualifying with them.

RDRD
3 months ago

I dont get the hate Irelands NF is getting, tbh i think there are 2 songs in here that if they were in any Scandinavian NF people would be gushing about.. 1) Vocally Patrick stands out… I love that he maintains his accent when singing. The song itself is reflective of the modern Irish popular music scene. There is no reason this couldn’t make the grand final and finish on the left hand side of the scoreboard, other than it would be representing Ireland and people don’t vote for us. 2) Brooke is bringing something very current and chart friendly… Read more »

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago

I’m Loving Me

Darren
3 months ago

It’s not a competitive NF at all. Even though the songs are trying to be different, there is a certain “sameness” to them all. I will give credit to Brooke though, “That’s Rich” is a bop, and not at all like something we have ever sent. I’d call that the strongest entry in our NF. Not sure how it would sound live and also not sure if the Late Late Show viewer would vote for it. I like Brendan Murray and he has a unique voice, but someone needs to tell the chap that the type of songs he sings… Read more »

Darren
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Downvoted??? For???
Atleast give your point and disagree with me. Be brave <3

Aria
Aria
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Don’t feel bad. Just typing the name Brendan apparently gets you downvoted 🙂

UmBv
UmBv
3 months ago
Reply to  Aria

Brendan

Lele
Lele
3 months ago

Patrick’s song is my clear frontrunner, I absolutely adore this song and his voice.

Polegend Godgarina
3 months ago

brooke. the song is good and not dated, brooke has the looks, and she reminds me of today’s popstars. it’s not a winning entry, but she has quite the package that none of the others remotely comes close to.

lasse braun
lasse braun
3 months ago

have voted for brooke – it seems i am not alone. 🙂

boozyfloozy99
boozyfloozy99
3 months ago

That’s rich is the best option easily! So Ireland will go with something else obviously and the NQ will be deserved.

Una
Una
3 months ago

“That’s Rich” would be the best option. It’s modern and catchy. The beat is nice. There is that pun in the title.
Will the songs be performed live in a tv talkshow studio? How is the voting arranged/distributed? Will the broadcaster do the artists, songs and composers right?? Like a proper show? Optimal sound conditions?

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

From what I’ve heard, the public will make up 1/3rd of the vote while there is a Jury (National and International) that will make up the other 2/3rds however, this is not confirmed. This is just rumors for now

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

“That’s rich” sounds the richest in points.

Mark
Mark
3 months ago

Patrick is the only one that I’m really connecting with and I absolutely love the song. Will it do well in Eurovision? idk but regardless, he’s a great discovery for me from this natl final

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

Personally I like “Ashes of Yesterday” the most and think is has the most potential live (with decent staging). I understand tons of people like “That’s Rich” but it just hasn’t grown on me yet. It kinda reminds me of like Top 100 radio pop songs, but I hope to change my mind once I see it live. It could be a good way to get Ireland out of the Semi’s

Aria
Aria
3 months ago

Who should NOT represent Ireland: Miles.

Aria
Aria
3 months ago

Brendan 🙂

Roelof M
Roelof M
3 months ago

My personal fave is Patrick O’Sullivan, but “That’s Rich” is absolutely the best option for Ireland, it could honestly even qualify from the second half of their semi. As long as “I’m Loving Me” doesn’t win, I’ll be fine. I cannot stand that song at all.

Voilà monsieur
Voilà monsieur
3 months ago

“I’m Loving Me” is such a guily pleasure but overall, there are no great options here…

try next year Ireland

Apollo
Apollo
3 months ago

There is (obviously) only one correct answer here.

I hope this act will push Ireland out of its current mindset when it comes to Eurovision and encourage other young artists to represent Ireland in the future.

Pineaple
Pineaple
3 months ago

I honestly don’t get all the hype for Brooke’s entry. She’s a good performer but the song just comes across as a cheap Dua Lipa B-side track she didn’t want to release. Personally I think Brendan would be the best choice. I think with a ballad like that it could really cut through all the craziness and be a really refreshing and memorable performance on the night if staged correctly, I also think Patrick could be a good choice as he’s got amazing live vocals and I think if it has good staging could do very well with the juries.

MrBrightside
MrBrightside
3 months ago
Reply to  Pineaple

I think Brooke’s entry is interesting at first but becomes too repetitive and for me it feels like it lasts like 5 minutes or more. I would be delighted if Patrick wins this, but it is probably not going to happen. :<

Pineaple
Pineaple
3 months ago
Reply to  MrBrightside

I think Patrick has a really good shot actually. He recently won a talent show in Ireland and is the only one with a power note in his song so he could very well be the one selected next week.