She constantly improved throughout the Eurovision 2022 season, ultimately delivering a pyro-tastic performance in Semi-Final 2. And while Ireland’s Brooke Scullion ultimately finished 15th in her semi-final, she thinks she deserved a place in the Saturday-night final.
“There are different opinions,” she told the Irish Mirror. “I don’t know. I wouldn’t want to disrespect the EBU because I did have the time of my life and I am very grateful for the performance and the fanbase that I now have and the opportunities I got.”
“I knew that that experience was once in a lifetime, and I had done everything I could, and I thought I did deserve to go through.”
Brooke also pointed out that fans recorded the decibel level inside the arena — and she had the second-loudest reaction from fans.
BBC Eurovision commentator and Celebrity Gogglebox star Rylan agrees. Replying to our tweet about this very post, he said our girl “was robbed.”
Amen. Brooke was robbed— R Y L A N (@Rylan) May 31, 2022
It’s not all roses, though. Brooke recounted the difficult moments after her elimination, saying that she had “a 15-minute breakdown”.
“There were people who didn’t go through, they kept themselves to themselves, they were very disappointed and got really sad about the whole thing.”
It didn’t help that all of the stars’ dressing rooms are next to one another. She and the other eliminated acts could hear the qualifiers celebrating.
Ireland doesn’t have to send ballads
The 23-year-old also addressed comments from Eurovision winner Linda Martin (1992) and Top 10 finisher Brian Kennedy (2006), who have said that Ireland can only win with ballads.
“It is a different competition to when we were winning it with ballads,” the Derry queen said. “I definitely think that ballads are amazing and they’re really good, but it is depending on the artists that submits their song like I wouldn’t close the door, I think I’ve opened the door to young, aspiring pop artists that want to do Eurovision.”
“I think it is rather unfair to say we can only win with ballads because has every other country only won with ballads? It just depends on the level of songs and the level of the artist. It’s a worldwide competition now that 200 million watch. Politics does play a part but I don’t know. It was a rap song that won this year.”
You can read Brooke’s full interview on the Irish Mirror web site.
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