Previewing the Entrants of Eurovision 2019 – Part Twenty: Ireland

Hello everyone, and welcome to another post on The Blogging DJ. Today I will be continuing to look in-depth at each of the forty-one acts competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. In this post we are off to Dublin, to Eurovision’s most successful nation, Ireland, who this year are being represented by Sarah McTernan and “22”.

Selection Process

In recent years, Ireland have experimented with a number of different selection processes. This year, their broadcaster RTÉ internally selected their entrant and it was revealed to the public on the 8th of March 2019. It has also been announced that Ireland will perform in the first-half of semi-final two, in position two in the running order.

Music Video

The Blogging DJ’s Review

This is a decent song at what it does. A breezy tune with some string influences in the music, it creates a sweet, laid-back mood that fits nicely with Sarah’s singer-songwriter voice. But it is the completely wrong song to send to a live show like Eurovision, for the fact that it creates a mood but it doesn’t go anywhere, lacks energy and will be forgettable next to the more in-your-face songs. I watched a live performance and Sarah sung decently and tried hard, but there isn’t much to work with. Good for a live lounge, as a song in a feelgood film or a moment in a Television show, but not for Eurovision. 6

Live Performance Video

Odds

According to Oddschecker, you can currently get odds ranging from 66/1 to 200/1 on Ireland winning this year’s contest. This suggests that bookmakers and betters see this song as potentially reaching the Grand Final, though will have no impact on the leaderboard if it does.

Record at Eurovision

Ireland have entered the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-two times since making their debut in 1965, performing in the Grand Final on forty-five of those occasions. They are the most successful country at Eurovision, with an impressive seven wins to their name, achieved during their golden era in the 1980s and 90s. Their wins have come courtesy of Dana (1970), Johnny Logan (1980 & 87), Linda Martin (1992), Niamh Kavanagh (1993), Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan (1994) and Eimear Quinn (1996). Last year, Ryan O’Shaughnessy ended Ireland’s dreadful run of four non-qualifications with a sweet ballad remembered for its same-sex contemporary dance routine. He finished in sixteenth place at the close of voting.

So what do you make of Ireland’s entry? Do you think it will keep the country in the Grand Final? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below and stay tuned for more Eurovision preview posts, to be released in the coming weeks.

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