Eurovision contestant Brooke Scullion said people were “kind of threatened” that Ireland “could actually qualify for the grand finale of this year’s singing competition”.
The 23-year-old singer finished third on The Voice UK in 2020 and will compete in the Eurovision semi-finals representing Ireland on Thursday with her pop break-up track That’s Rich.
Comparing the singing competition to The Voice, she said: “I was never really nervous about The Voice because I didn’t have any expectations of myself at all.
“I’ve just started in the industry, I didn’t know if I was good enough for this position.
“So this time it’s a lot more pressure and I’m looking forward to it a lot more just because I have expectations of myself and know what I’m capable of.
“This is a test of me and my ability so I hope everything goes well, that I can qualify and I think I’ll float after that, I’ll just take off.”
The singer-songwriter is raising the flag of Ireland this year and said the wave of love she received for her entry was “phenomenal”.
Scullion said, “The support was insane. People are like ‘Ireland didn’t come to play.’
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“I think this year people are taking us quite seriously and being threatened in a way that we might actually qualify, there’s a good excitement, people are excited this year.
“It’s a really good atmosphere.”
The singer, who was mentored by pop star Meghan Trainor on The Voice UK, said she was “proud” of the performance she put together for the Eurovision semifinals in Turin, Italy.
She said: “It’s a really, really close performance and I’m so happy with it.
“A world famous choreographer helped me learn to dance, she did a great job. You will definitely see some really sophisticated choreography.
“The rehearsals were pretty full, a different intensity than what I’m used to.
“It’s just a really fun song… I’m happy that people are seeing a fun side of Ireland and hopefully will get behind us.
“People definitely like this song a lot, I think it’s because of the tongue-in-cheek nature. If it’s on at a nightclub, you’re going to want to dance it and scream.”
Of her costume for the performance, Scullion said, “I designed it, which is a really cool thing.
“It’s about superheroes, so it’s a cross between The Powerpuff Girls and Wonder Woman because you have to be the hero of your own story.
“It’s about focus and striving for independence and girl power.”
The first Eurovision semi-final takes place on Tuesday at the Arena Pala Olimpico, in which 17 countries will take part – including the Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine, who are the favorites with their song Stefania.
Scullion said, “I know Ukraine is going to do well, and I think it’s the really good push their country needs.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/eurovision-contestant-says-ireland-is-being-taken-seriously-this-year-41634762.html Eurovision entrant says Ireland will be taken seriously this year