They’re an up-and-coming Dublin band with a growing back catalogue of radio and streaming hits. And now Wild Youth have declared their interest in representing Ireland at Eurovision 2023.
Wild Youth want to sing for Ireland at Eurovision 2023
It all started with a tweet. On Friday 3 June, the band’s Conor O’ Donohoe asked: “Can I write the Eurovision song for 2023 and can @bandwildyouth perform please”. In an effort to make sure that the request didn’t go unnoticed, O’Donohoe also tagged Michael Kealy — RTÉ’s Head of Delegation for Eurovision. The official band account retweeted the original post along with an Irish flag emoji.
Fans were quick to jump on the tweets. As of the time of writing this story, O’Donohoe’s tweet has over 200 interactions. One tweeter advised “Don’t write a song “for eurovision”, people tend to have an outdated and basic view of it & songs which were not specifically written for eurovision have better results most of the time”. O’ Donohoe responded “I meant for the Eurovision entry. I wouldn’t write a song particularly for anything, I write songs I care about and love. That mean something to me”.
I meant for the Eurovision entry. I wouldn’t write a song particularly for anything, I write songs I care about and love. That mean something to me.— Conor ?? Donohoe (@Conor_O_Donohoe) June 4, 2022
In a random twist, the Welsh classical singer Aled Jones, best known for “Walking In The Air”, proposed that he’d join the writing process. O’Donohoe replied saying that he was down to duet. To date, RTÉ has not publicly responded to the series of tweets. However, Michael Kealy pressed the like button on the first tweet from O’Donohoe.
It’s not uncommon for Irish performers to throw their names into the Eurovision ring during the quiet summer months. In 2021, Picture This shared their “love” of the contest as did Samantha Mumba a few years previously. Neither act ended up flying the Irish flag.
Who are Wild Youth?
Wild Youth consists of David Whelan, Conor O’Donohoe, Ed Porter and Callum McAdam. Debuting in 2017, the group are known for their “sad bangers” and “catchy choruses”. They’ve racked up a number of chart, radio and streaming hits in their native Ireland. They’ve played dates across Ireland and the UK this year while also supporting Westlife and Lewis Capaldi on tour. Their best-known songs include “Champagne Butterflies”, “Next To You” and “Can’t Move On”.
Ireland at Eurovision 2023
Ireland has yet to announce its plans for Eurovision 2023. In 2022, the country returned to a national final format for the first time since 2015. The Late Late Show Eurosong special was won by Brooke with “That’s Rich”. However, despite a groundswell of fan support during rehearsals in Turin, the entry failed to qualify for the grand final. Nonetheless, the track has proven to be the most commercially successful Irish entry since 2018 and Brooke has already lined up a number of live gigs for the summer months.
What do you think of Wild Youth’s tweets? Would you like to see them represent Ireland at Eurovision 2022? Let us know in the comments.