Inside the fierce competition for Ireland’s Eurovision entry

VOICE UK finalist Brooke Scullion has Derry Girl backing in her attempt to represent Ireland at Eurovision.

Tonight’s special program “Late Eurosong” will have six acts competing for Ireland to enter the 66th Song contest taking place in Turin, Italy next May.

Ryan Tubridy, with Eurovision commentator Marty Whelan and six Eurosong expected figures Rachel Goode, Brooke Scullion, Miles Graham, Brendan Murray, Patrick O'Sullivan and Janet Grogan


Ryan Tubridy, with Eurovision commentator Marty Whelan and six Eurosong expected figures Rachel Goode, Brooke Scullion, Miles Graham, Brendan Murray, Patrick O’Sullivan and Janet GroganCredits: Andres Poveda
Eurosong's hopeful Patrick O'Sullivan ahead of Friday night's show


Eurosong’s hopeful Patrick O’Sullivan ahead of Friday night’s showCredits: Andres Poveda
Rachel Goode, from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway


Rachel Goode, from Ballinasloe, Co. GalwayCredits: Andres Poveda
Brooke Scullion has Derry Girl backing in her bid to represent Ireland at Eurovision


Brooke Scullion has Derry Girl backing in her bid to represent Ireland at EurovisionCredits: Andres Poveda

But while some acts have some big names backing, Westlife’s Nicky Byrne is one of the songwriters responsible for the song One Night, One Kiss, One Promise by Patrick O’Sullivan, born on the banks of the Foyle River, Brooke has the support of Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell.

Brooke told the Irish Sun: “Jamie-Lee started following me on Twitter this morning and promised to thank me. So I have Derry Girl backing.”

The vocalist also revealed that she received an online shoutout from ‘All About That Bass’, singer Megan Traynor, who is her mentor on The Voice UK.

Brooke said: “Megan was brilliant when I got my support in a big shout.”

However, the Foyle-born singer revealed that she is desperately seeking help from a more famous Derry girl, Dana, the first to win Eurovision for Ireland in 1970 with All Kinds of Everything.

Brooke told us: “I’ve been trying to contact Dana with no success. I want her to know about me and get some Eurovision tips from her.”

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However, the Irish Sun was able to reach the 70-year-old last night to tell her about the latest Derry girl to be in bed with Eurovision.

Dana told The Irish Sun: “I was very emotional when I heard the news about Brooke. Since I was the last Derry girl to sing for Ireland, it would have been nice to have someone else.

“I’m the Derry Girl who won Eurovision and Phil Coulter wrote the Puppet On A String winner, and Johnny Logan’s dad from Derry and his son won it three times… That makes Derry have five times won at Eurovision.

“So I’m glad a girl Derry can be six. I’m excited to meet Brooke and share all the knowledge I can with her should she pass the Eurosong. But I wish all the six contestants competing at Eurosong all the best.”


Dana, the first of seven winners in Ireland, said she welcomed the RTE’s decision in 2022, the first in several years, to let the public at home vote on their favorite song and help decide who gets to fly the Irish flag at Eurovision.

Dana told us: “It is the people of Europe who will decide who will win Eurovision, so I am delighted that the Irish public has had the opportunity to choose our song.”

Eurosong presenter Ryan Tubridy also emphasized how pleased he was that the public had a say in choosing Ireland to attend for the first time in several years.

Ryan told The Irish Sun: “It’s time for the Irish to go to the Eurovision ballot box and say that ballot box!

“We are doing something we haven’t done in a long time and that is to bring the Eurovision National Song Contest back to the people of Ireland.

“It’s always been something close to my heart. I always thought it would be fun to do that. It means people feel more ownership and feel more proud as well as entertained because tonight the cultivators will sit back and fully invest.

“I slipped out of Eurovision a little bit because (when you don’t look at the scoreboard, it’s hard to feel invested in the whole thing and tonight we’re going to have our own scoreboard. And we were completely top-notch). private”.


Ryan described it as a “triple vote” with a vote from the public, a vote from an undisclosed Late Late Eurovision jury and an international jury.

RTÉ will hope for a better result than in 2021 when the singer Lesley Roy ranked 16th out of 16 countries in the semi-finals, attracted only 20 points, and did not qualify for the main competition.

It was the sixth time in seven years that Ireland had not reached the final round of the competition, having won it seven times.

When the Irish Sun asked RTE Head of Delegation, Michael Kealy, if the station would consider this ‘a win’ in Turin if we were to qualify for the main competition.


Tubs, who responded on behalf of Mr. Kealy, pointed to six Eurosong hopefuls and told us: “These guys are here to win the Eurovision Song Contest. You have to have that confidence and belief as we do as a country, and they’re like artists, so I’m not going to talk about ‘do you think you’re going to make it a little over the top? Can you get there a bit?

“If they are worthy of their salt and we believe they are, one of those people will lift that (cup) and someone will give these people a bouquet of flowers.

“There will be fun and Ireland will be on its feet to celebrate Ireland’s first Eurovision victory in a very long time in 2022. That is ambition. That is confidence. It’s a belief – if we didn’t have that – we wouldn’t be at Eurovision. ”

RTE Eurovision Commentator Marty Whelan add some mischief.

When asked if he’d ever have to cheer on any Irish singer who didn’t make it through to a semi-final, Marty joked: “We got rid of them pretty boisterously. We left and started speaking French.

“Not true… No, we are a small group and we go together. It’s hard of course and if you don’t come out of a semi-final it’s going to be difficult because of your breasts watching and anyone you ever meet. So sad. I always tell them to keep developing their career. You have come this far with your talent. Another moment will come”.


Returning for a Try tonight is former Hometown singer Brendan Murray, who failed to make it past the semi-finals of Eurovision 2017 with the ballad Dying To Try but hopes to get promoted with his new track Real Love.

Brendan said: “I never thought I would do Eurovision again.. I felt we were good enough to make it through but we didn’t. This time it’s my own song, and I feel like I have a lot more to offer this time around.

West End singer Patrick O’Sullivan may not be a big name but he does have some big names but there are some big name composers behind his tunes, Westlife’s Nicky Byrne, Danny O’Reilly and Lar Kaye, all contributed to One Night, One Kiss, One Promise.

But said he downplayed Westlife’s ties in his bid.

“We’re trying as hard as we can to make sure that doesn’t happen because it doesn’t benefit me,” Patrick said.

“I think the best endorsement is the caliber of the songwriter, Nicky has had great success with Westlife, Danny with The Coronas… having those people behind you is unbelievable and it’s stressful. for me to try and deliver a performance that matches the quality of the song.

“They were incredibly supportive.” They wanted me to make my own song.”


Before X Factor singser Janet Grogan hopes to fulfill a lifelong dream by representing Ireland at Eurovision, who provided backing vocals to Nicky Byrne at Eurovision in 2016 and Ryan O’Shaughnessy in 2018.

She said her song, Ashes Yesterday, sent a “strong and encouraging message, especially after the difficult years everyone has gone through.”

Classically trained soprano, Rachel Goode, from Ballinasloe, Co Galway singing I’m Loving Me, written by Joakim Övrenius, Thomas Karlsson, Johan Mauritzson and Anna Engh.

Rachel says: “I have Swedish writers, but they have a reputation for doing well. Ireland has had seven wins but Sweden has six. So the Irish singer with the Swedish musician is a perfect match. “

Clondalkin singer Miles Graham got some help from his kids, who provide backing vocals for the post-pandemic epic Yeah Our Gonna Get Out Of It.

Twins Jean and Andrew, and son Matthew, won’t be at Late Late to recreate their vocals, but he promises to make it to the show somehow.

Tonight’s six songs and hopeful songs were selected from more than 300 entries received by RTE after captioning submissions last September.

Clondalkin singer Miles Graham


Clondalkin singer Miles GrahamCredits: Andres Poveda
Brendan Murray hopes to promote with new song Real Love


Brendan Murray hopes to promote with new song Real LoveCredits: Andres Poveda
Former X Factor singer Janet Grogan hopes to fulfill a lifelong dream by representing Ireland at Eurovision


Former X Factor singer Janet Grogan hopes to fulfill a lifelong dream by representing Ireland at EurovisionCredits: Andres Poveda Inside the fierce competition for Ireland’s Eurovision entry

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