Ireland: RTÉ confirms Eurovision 2022 participation
The Irish national broadcaster, RTÉ, has confirmed that the country will be present at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Italy next May.
RTE has confirmed to ESCToday that the multi winning country of the contest will be present at the 66th edition of the competition next year in Italy. This will be the 55th time the country will be participating in the contest since their debut back in 1965 in Naples.
The Irish head of Delegation, Michael Kealy, talking to theIrish Sun, revealed that it's is possible that RTE will opt for a national selection giving the chance to the public to have a say on act that will represent the nation at Eurovision 2022 in Italy. However, more details on the way RTE will select its Eurovision 2022 hopeful will come to light over the following weeks.
Ireland in Eurovision
Ireland is a country of records when it comes to the Eurovison Song Contest. It participated for the first time in 1965 and has won the competition 7 times, more than any other country. (1970, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996).It is the only country that has won the contest three successive years (1992, 1993, 1994) while Dublin is the only city to have hosted the event two consecutive years. (1994,1995).
During the decade of 90’s the country had a row of 4 vicotries in a 5 year time (1993, 1994, 1995 and 1997) and Dublin became host city three times.Irish act Johnny Logan is the only one to have won the contest twice (1980, 1987).
In 2018 the country selected internally Ryan O’Shaughnessy to represent the country with his song Together, which finished 16th in the grand final. In 2019 internally selected Sarah McTernan represented the country with her entry “22” which failed to qualify to the grand final.
Lesley Roy was selected to represent the nation in Rotterdam for Eurovision 2020 with the song "Story of my life" but never reached the stage as the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic. Lesley was reinvited for the 2021 edition in Rotterdam where she performed "Maps" which sadly finished in the last place of the 1st Semi Final.
News Source: ESCToday
Image: Lesley Roy FB