She’s the Derry girl that’s the firm fan favourite to win Ireland’s Eurosong 2022 — at the time of writing she’s earned almost half the vote in our reader poll. And last week we met with Brook Scullion over Zoom to discuss all things “That’s Rich” as well as the plans for her The Late Late Show performance on 4 February.
Interview with Brooke Scullion — “That’s Rich” | Ireland’s Eurosong 2022
Brooke’s first brush with fame came in 2020 when she appeared on The Voice UK. US singer Meghan Trainor took the Irish singer under her wing, taking her all the way to the final. Since then, Brooke has been working on a number of projects, but “That’s Rich” is the first song she wrote.
“It wasn’t written to be a Brooke song”, she tells us. “It was ‘let’s see where Brooke’s creative mind goes'”. The song came about with writing assistance from Izzy Warner and Karl Zine on production. Both had been involved with the soundtrack for Netflix’s Eurovision movie, and so drew Brooke into the song contest bubble.
The trio didn’t set out to create a song for Eurovision, but everything just flowed. Nonetheless, she says that “the conversational middle eight, I feel like that is so unintenionally, beautifully Eurovision”.
Despite Eurovision’s bad reputation in Ireland and elsewhere, Brooke had no qualms about entering the Eurosong process. When her team asked about submitting the three-minute track, she replied “absolutely, put it in”. When she found out that it had made the last six, she was both nervous and excited.
But she’s not at all worried about what people might think when it comes to the song contest itself. “Eurovision is cool now, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon”.
Brooke on her Late Late Show staging
Rehearsals have already started ahead of The Late Late Show final. And Brooke has a clear vision of what she’s going to bring to the stage, although she’s keeping her grand vision under wraps. Still, she was able to share a few teasers. “I’m gonna get my outfits in order, work out what we are allowed on the stage, because we have things that aren’t really allowed. So, we’re trying to work out a way that they can be permitted”.
She’s also busy finessing her choreography. She’s working with a Dublin-based choreographer and knows exactly how the entry will be staged, although everything will look spontaneous on the night. “I’ve got two fabulous dancers. They’ll be bringing the energy where I can’t”. And Brooke will be doing some dancing herself too, “it’s going to be very kitsch”.
She’s also come up with a work around for the vocal distortion effect which can be heard on the studio version of “That’s Rich”. Watch the full interview to get a flavour of that.
Are you excited for Eurosong 2022? Do you think Brooke can win? Is she your favourite? Let us know in the comments.