Brooke That's Rich Ireland Eurovision 2022 Rehearsal
Photo: EBU / NATHAN REINDS

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.”

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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Azan
Azan
28 days ago

The main thing was the song, Tongues is so much better for Eurovision, I love Brooke and hope she comes back in the future!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
28 days ago

Ireland was one of the biggest surprises of that semi final. Everything clicked for me. Her voice was so much better than at the parties. Her outfit was colourful and effective. The staging was the best Ireland has sent in years with great lighting and an effective pyro moment at the ‘Hey!’ part that wowed me. Definitely deserved a place after all those samey songs from Ireland. Even my Irish father liked it in the night and he is normally very embarrassed by Ireland’s entries! Brooke should come back as she clearly loves Eurovision!

Alex
Alex
28 days ago

she is absolutely right. disappointed by the lack of televoting support. Yes, the song wasn’t very strong but it deserved to be in the final more than Azerbaijan. Juries should change their attitude.

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago

I love her sincerity and indeed she deserved to make it through. At least more than Azerbuyjan and Belgium.
I hope she can move on and makes a career for herself 🙂

Thallo
Thallo
29 days ago

Responding to: Why doesn’t Ireland replace their Head of Delegation? I’ve looked into it, and Ireland’s HoD (Michael Kealy) is an executive producer at RTE. This role means he manages national and international entertainment events/tv shows, including Ireland’s participation in Eurovision. So, Eurovision isn’t his main concern, at all. In fact, if you watch his interviews, he seems tired of being HoD, he’s sick of the public reaction and online hate. Michael has been employed by RTE for over 27 years, so he won’t be replaced. The guy obviously has well-established connections at RTE and will probably only be replaced… Read more »

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
29 days ago

In a word, no. Their 2015 entry was far superior to this and Molly Sterling didn’t even qualify. When you promote a bubble-gum pop tune with a music video that appears to have been done on the cheap even to those standards (everything behind a single backboard, in a parking garage maybe?), And staged in bubble-gum fashion, you can expect to be completely overshadowed by Sweden (with no music video), the Czech Republic and even North Macedonia (who many predicted would be dead-last out of BOTH semifinals).

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
29 days ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

My bad. That should be “everything IN FRONT OF a single backboard”.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
28 days ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

On top of that, the bookies weren’t expecting her to qualify, either. She was consistently below the threshold of qualifying, and her stage setup and rehearsals didn’t give the bookies any confidence at all that maybe she just might qualify.

Patrick Pastor
Patrick Pastor
27 days ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

I agree. “That’s Rich” is something we’ve all heard a thousand times before.

Möhrant
Möhrant
29 days ago

I’m sure Brooke isn’t the only non-qualifier who feels she should’ve made the final. Regardless, she gave a good performance and hopefully she feels proud for the way she represented Ireland.

Polegend Godnova
29 days ago

azerbaijan pretty much robbed everyone else in sf2, so she’s right

sTommie
sTommie
29 days ago

But wasn’t North Macedonia the first country in the ranking order to replace Azerbaijan?

sTommie
sTommie
29 days ago
Reply to  sTommie

And if you look at tele votes only, the 10th spot would have gone to Cyprus, so even then Ireland wasn’t robbed.

No politics at ESC
No politics at ESC
25 days ago

Gurl, nobody robbed her, c’mon!! She was 15 in her SF which shows neither juries nor public didnt want to place her in a final. Of course every artist thinks she/he deserves place in the final and we should respect everyone for her/his work but the truth is that Song was very generic and her voice was far from perfect. Not mentioning her dress and choreography which looked like North Macedonia 2000…

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
29 days ago

Well, she can always try again next year I suppose.

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
29 days ago

I’ve been taking a closer look at some 90’s ESC recently and the Irish really need to realize that the days when they could finish top 2 just by singing in English (’92 and ’97) are long gone. Those two in particular were just extremely overrated. I don’t mind the ’93 winner but Norway and Greece have both aged much better I think, from that line-up. Also, I can’t say they didn’t deserve to win in ’94 and ’96 tho I still clearly prefer Hungary ’94 to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids and Portugal ’96 to The Voice. Sorry, Ireland,… Read more »

Anhel
Anhel
29 days ago

This makes the 3rd time Ireland’s Brooke, a non-qualifier, has been in the thumbnail of a wiwi article just in a week, and two of those were articles about her.
???????

Anhel
Anhel
29 days ago
Reply to  Anhel

In other words, of the last 11 articles here, 2 were about her and 3 had her as a thumbnail. Again, a non-qualifier.
???????

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
29 days ago

Sorry she had awful song. I thought when it was selected from a very weak selection it was the type of song the UK would pick six or seven years ago. Also her stage look was also awful and i preferred her look on the opening ceremony where she looked more sophisticated. That said she came across very warmly but ultimately it is a song contest and this song was just not good enough to progress.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
29 days ago

No lies detected.

Ares
Ares
29 days ago

I mean, she didn’t lie!

vetrina
vetrina
29 days ago

She did deserved a place in the final but in JESC!

ga89
ga89
29 days ago
  1. Forget Late Late Show as your national selection
  2. Connect with big music publishers/production houses: look at the UK and the Netherlands.
  3. Select 3 to 5 names with authentic music, they don’t have to be well known singers. Just AUTHENTIC.
  4. Promote Eurovision heavily in your country months before you select a song to create a proper buzz.
  5. Create a high production performance that fits the artist.

That’s it Ireland.

Dans
Dans
29 days ago

I think Ireland needs to take a break for a few years, maybe indefinitely. RTE puts minimal effort into the selection and therefore gets poor results. The RTE selection show is full of reminisces about the ‘glory days’ (a generation ago) and tries to find a ‘good Eurovision song’ (whatever that is). The bottom line is Eurovision has moved on and RTE has not.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
28 days ago
Reply to  Dans

Minimal effort, indeed! They didn’t even make a video that was fitting of the story in the song. They just put her in front of a board, somewhere in a studio or garage and did the whole thing in front of that board. A far cry even from the video they did for Ryan O’Shaughnessy in 2018.

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago
Reply to  Dans

I agree. Anyways, I’ve heard RTÉ might pull out for at least 3-5 years next year

AM2PM
AM2PM
28 days ago
Reply to  ete sech

Source please.

Im so fab
Im so fab
29 days ago

Well, she definitely deserved it more than Azerbuyjan and Belgium.

Tomi
Tomi
29 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

More than Azerbaijan, yes. More than Belgium, NO. Jérémie gave the best vocal performance of the semifinal.

Alik
28 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

Stop blaming Azerbaijan. Shame on you

lololol
lololol
28 days ago
Reply to  Alik

No, shame on you for buying votes

Lou
Lou
27 days ago
Reply to  lololol

that person didnt buy the vote , somebody else did so stop blaming someone else for it.

Max
Max
29 days ago

I adore the song, but every version of its staging was not my cup of tea. It’s a pity.

Patrick
29 days ago

The song – and it is a song contest after all – was hideous. The performance was ghaatly and a bit desperate and ao it got what it deserved from both jury and public vote. How can anyone say she was robbed?

George
George
29 days ago
Reply to  Patrick

Finally some sense. Messy staging, awful costume, like a drunken karaoke performance. Fully deserved not to qualify and its lowly position. I read some of the comments and think they must have been watching a different performance to me. Plainly we all must have different opinions and likes, but in my opinion this was one of the worst performances this year.

Patrick
29 days ago
Reply to  George

I would go far as to say one of the worst entries by any country ever in the whole history of the contest. And I am talking about the song.

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
29 days ago

One of the most mediocre songs of the year… so, sorry Brooke you didn’t deserve ti classify. RTE must change their eurovision delegation, as Spain did

Jack
Jack
29 days ago

Certain countries cant understand that sending something that sounds and looks ok is not enough. Her performance was a good a xfactor semifinal performance. Eurovision needs authenticity, a story, a memorable song. She is talented and had a catchy tune but that is not enough.

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago
Reply to  Jack

You’re right, but the same could be said about qualifiers such as Finland, Azerbuyjan and Belgium

Leo M
Leo M
29 days ago

She did a great performance but the song wasn’t the best tbf. The 10 songs that did qualify were really strong. Definitely a step in the right direction for Ireland though

Thallo
Thallo
30 days ago

She’s right, the song deserved to qualify instead of some other acts.

However, Ireland can’t do staging right. In my opinion, for a Eurovision act to be successful, the staging needs to have a concept. Lovehearts on an LED, pink lights and some fireworks isn’t a concept.

For Ireland to succeed, they need to get the new generation of young Irish artists interested in Eurovision. When I say young artists I don’t mean X-Factor or The Voice finalists, I mean ACTUAL artists and not just reality show singers.

Thallo
Thallo
30 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

Also, I know Brooke wrote ‘That’s Rich’ and she wanted that song to go to Eurovision. However, the song did nothing for her and her vocal ability. She’s too good for that song.

Watch Brooke’s cover of ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ on The Voice UK Semi-Final. If Brooke brought an Irish country song like that to Eurovision she could’ve done well.

Overall, the song and staging needed to change. Brooke is a star otherwise.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
28 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

I really liked the staging and thought it was one of the best on the night.

Darren
30 days ago

It was good and she done a good job. But the staging was a bit meh. Even though it didn’t work for Lesley in 2021, I thought we where on the right track staging wise. But look, it’s Eurovision and we just gotta accept that someone washing their hands surrounded by orthodox priests is what gets the votes. Ireland had a nice performance to watch, but it just got lost among everything else. Just didn’t feel competitive enough. But I’m not at all surprised that we didn’t qualify. I’ve been quite done with Ireland at Eurovision for a few years… Read more »

Tedd
Tedd
30 days ago

If she deserved it, she’d be in the Final. Not to mention that neither televote nor juries put her through. Performance was captivating for sure, but nothing can fix a bad song. Same goes to San Marino. Sorry to say but it’s true.

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago
Reply to  Tedd

Bruh, you say this as if Azerbuyjan and Belgium were actually better and more relatable

Ron
Ron
30 days ago

Main problem for Brooke was the juries. She finished 11th in the televote, which was absolutely fine in a strong semi. But bottom 3 with the juries was a joke and hardly fair on her – there’s no way there were 15 better songs / performances than her in that semi.

ga89
ga89
30 days ago

By Irish standards Brooke’s song was probably something new and great, but by Eurovision standards Ireland was pretty average this year by all means. And also, at least 10 years late to the party when it comes to this particular style of music in Eurovision. It is strange to see a country that won 7 times struggle so much to even qualify.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
30 days ago
Reply to  ga89

There is a big difference between ESC in the last 10 years than ESC bare when Ireland was winning constantly. Ireland NEEDS STRONG ENTRIES! Just being good gets you no where!

Jonas
Jonas
30 days ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

ESC Bare would be a good charity calendar.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
30 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Back not bare omfg lol! Clearly my head is elsewhere lol

Darren
30 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Needs. To. Happen.
Ochman should be Mr July

MonsieurMüller
MonsieurMüller
29 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Yeah… and Michael Ben David wants ALL the rest of the months.

Darren
29 days ago

Think we seen enough of the MBD for a lifetime!
Tymofii Muzychuk Is also a good candidate. With his flute

Tomi
Tomi
29 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Excellent idea. I agree. I want Ochman to be featured. Please.

Emilio
Emilio
30 days ago

It really makes me sad to see artists disappointed by results. Not all of them are affirmed stars, Eurovision is one in a lifetime chance and it must be a rollercoaster of emotions. I still think it’s unnecessary to film their reactions when they get 0 points…

But her comment “i should have gone through” sounds pretentious. She knows there are limited spots in the final; her advancing would have meant someone else being eliminated. If she believes she deserved the final, she should be specific and address who she was supposed to replace.

Jonas
Jonas
30 days ago
Reply to  Emilio

Six of the eighteen countries were cheating. A third of them. That can only jumble her emotions even more.

Shjddkls
Shjddkls
28 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Exactly and all 6 should’ve been disqualified No matter how good the song was

Colin
Colin
29 days ago
Reply to  Emilio

If her comment about ”should have gone through” sounds pretentious, how about Chingiz saying how was dissatisfied with A FUDGIN 7TH PLACE in the finals in 2019?

We should not have taken seventh place. Compatriots living in Europe voted for me enough.”

(Little did he know that after the revised result, he actually finished 8th – which is also good, by the way.)

Jo.
Jo.
30 days ago

any act was better than fade to black, so she’s right

nikki
nikki
30 days ago

I was completely shocked when I saw that Ireland didn’t qualify this year 🙁

Patrick
29 days ago
Reply to  nikki

I don’t know why. The bookies had her at 1000 to 1

Im so fab
Im so fab
29 days ago
Reply to  nikki

I was sad but not shocked. I knew it was coming.

Whisker
Whisker
30 days ago

She deserved the GF while one of the acts that got thru didn’t deserve it.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
30 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

nam nam

Jonas
Jonas
30 days ago

Whoever represents Ireland next year should really meet with Brooke and Lesley Roy before they fly off to the host city. People are always told to be confident and wished good luck, but really, it’s more important to be ready for defeat. It’s so hard to come crashing down so suddenly, back to the real world with a thud after so many months of expectation.

I think RTÉ, the EBU, and all other broadcasters should have a duty of care to safeguard mental health.

Patrick
29 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Why would they meet with two losers? Leslie Roy stuffed too much into her presentation with all those cardboard cut out things and frenetic running around. Frankly she looked a bit mad and it totally destroyed the vocals as she was so out of breath. Brooke’s song was a total turd from the outset and her vocals very limited at best.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
28 days ago
Reply to  Patrick

I must agree. Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s team in 2018 found a formula to qualify 6th (he ultimately finished 16th), amid a string of NQs before and after his appearance. They should draw from his playbook and work with that.

Jonas
Jonas
28 days ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

You’ve both missed my point.

Alfie28
Alfie28
30 days ago

I completely disagree with the notion she should have advanced. The song was nothing special, her vocals were not good, and it was an otherwise boring performance. OK, let the hate begin lol

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
30 days ago
Reply to  Alfie28

I would have agreed with you completely before seeing the actual ESC performance cus all the performances of That’s Rich before that were dreadful. However Brooke’s vocal’s did end up sounding very close to the studio cut, the styling & Choreo improved, plus the camera angles & staging overall were very nice. As for the song, I always liked it personally but I knew that even with a solid performance it would not stand out, especially in a death semi and at slot 10.

Whisker
Whisker
30 days ago
Reply to  Alfie28

You began with the “hate”, didn’t you?

Tom
Tom
30 days ago

Can we start going to her now when we need an Irish Eurovision alumni’s opinion instead of Linda Martin?

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago
Reply to  Tom

Yes, please!

CatcoolH
CatcoolH
30 days ago

I totally agree with her. I still don’t understand how she got 15th with such a GREAT performance

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
30 days ago
Reply to  CatcoolH

I agree that the song is miles better than all the other NQ’es (Besides Georgia I love it sorry not sorry lol) and the performance was great but sometimes things just don’t get as much attention. Sometimes entries just NQ despite them doing the best they could. Look at Croatia last year. Sometimes it boils down to “You didn’t get enough attention unlucky gg goodbye”

MikiTheCamel
MikiTheCamel
30 days ago

I have a rather unpopular opinion on this one ! I really enjoyed the audio version, but to me most of the live performance felt less than half-baked. I thought the vocals lacked precision and power and she didn’t seem to let go as much as the fun of the track would allow to. Visually the pyro moment was great, but the rest was pretty lackluster between the pink heart shapes and her blue outfit which didn’t look really special. It’s a shame because the song calls for innovation, I don’t understand why they kept it so monochrome and one-note.… Read more »

Jebbiebear
Jebbiebear
30 days ago

The idea that “ Ireland can only win with a ballad” just shows that RTEs heads are still in the 90s when they could simply send a good ballad and the juries then would just lap it up and give them the win. Is 2022! Ireland need to really get with the times and send something modern. My controversial take has always been Ireland don’t deserve to have the most wins when more than 50% of them were in the space of 5 years they simply benefited from the juries just liking that type of genre at the time. The… Read more »

Hankalu
Hankalu
30 days ago
Reply to  Jebbiebear

They benefit from trends and some other scandals i belive in 1992 Mia Martini didn’t won with so outstanding Rapsodia only cause they didn’t want Italy host disaster happens again so it prevent many jury to vote Linda Martin song was just good ballad and she already should won with terminal 3 in 80’s . 1994 Górniak lost cause scandal that her manager tell her sing in English in rehearsal what was not allowed. And many courties call for disqualification but i didn’t happens but boykot song anyhow. And they also benefit for use English what had advantaged on others… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
30 days ago
Reply to  Hankalu

Edyta claims that the Dublin weather gave her a cold, which meant she had to sing in English because it was easier on her voice than Polish. We are expected to believe this.

Liam Holton
Liam Holton
30 days ago

Robbed Queen speaks the truth

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
30 days ago

Yes she got a big reaction from the crowd but she didn’t get the votes so she didn’t go through. End of story. It ain’t rocket science. I would have put Ireland through personally but I always knew it would not stand out enough.

I certainly agree with her that Ireland can’t only win with ballads. It’s not one genre that does well, it’s picking a genre and giving it in the best possible way.
I hope Ireland strengths itself as an ESC country soon….

SIT
SIT
30 days ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

What is the televotes are rigged? We have no proof that they are real

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago
Reply to  SIT

Afaik the televote isn’t audited so there’s no way to prove they’re rigged xd

Colin
Colin
30 days ago

I agree with her that she deserved to qualify. It’s my biggest grower from my pre-ESC list. And I also think that Ireland can do well with non-ballads as well. Still, That’s Rich is the only Irish non-ballad in the qualifying era that, IMHO, should have easily qualified and it didn’t. The Irish track record in the semi-final era: 2004 – AQ ballad 2005 – NQ uptempo pop, but I understand why they stayed in the semi. 2006 – Q ballad, deservingly so 2007 – AQ mid-tempo, finished last due to a subpar performance. 2008 – NQ joke entry (not… Read more »

Nobody Important
Nobody Important
30 days ago

I would have comfortably put here through instead of Azerbaijan or Belgium, without hesitation.

Patrick
Patrick
30 days ago

I mean what does it mean“deserving“? Who says who is deserving? You don’t get enough points you are not in! Period!!!

Ray
Ray
30 days ago
Reply to  Patrick

Azerbaijan got 0 televote points and still qualified. You don’t deserve to qualify if you get 0 televote points imo.

Nils
Nils
30 days ago
Reply to  Ray

Well, rules are rules, though. It is what it is. And if the juries saved, the juries saved it.

Nils
Nils
30 days ago
Reply to  Nils

* saved it

Ray
Ray
30 days ago
Reply to  Nils

Except for the fact they broke the rules and were one of the countries involved in the cheating scandal. They effectively stole a place in the final ahead of a more deserving act.

Patrick
Patrick
30 days ago
Reply to  Ray

That is a total different topic. She would have not qualified either way!

Patrick
Patrick
30 days ago
Reply to  Ray

That my be your opinion, but ESC has juries and televises and you need to impress both….

Richard
30 days ago

She definitely deserved a place. My only criticism is that the performance didn’t live up to the lyrics, that are really quite feisty and funny. It was a very sweet presentation, perhaps something a bit more edgy could have helped. But truly Brooke was great.

Noel
Noel
30 days ago

Brook got robbed

Ellen
Ellen
30 days ago

And she is so RIGHT! I’ll definitely miss her, she really deserved to be in the finale.

Denis
Denis
30 days ago

Brooke was great. I simply think the song was to much teen oriented to really work.
But she is right that Ireland does not need ballads to win. Does any country need ballad to win? Ireland only need to try new things and not being stuck in the past.

raylee
raylee
30 days ago

She should’ve qualified instead of Romania and Belgium’s crap songs or Azerbaijan

Shannon
Shannon
30 days ago
Reply to  raylee

Calling a song “crap” doesn’t make your point any more valid, it’s just plain rude.

LOL
LOL
30 days ago
Reply to  raylee

KESC aka KRM aka MYY aka raylee throwing some open hate once again.

raylee
raylee
29 days ago
Reply to  LOL

it’s true that i throw some beautiful hate but i’m not KESC or KRM or MYY.

Dawid
Dawid
30 days ago

She’s not being cocky. She’s being factual

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
30 days ago

She really deserved it, but she should be happy that her performance was good first. I think Romania stole the votes for Ireland just as Moldova stole the votes from Latvia in the first semi-final. :/

Chris
Chris
30 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

They didn’t steal any votes… Neither Romania, neither Moldova…. The Irish song just wasn’t that great…

ga89
ga89
29 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Romania stole what? Romania was an easy qualification this year with a warm and fun instant song. Look at their televote in SF: that was not only diaspora.