RTÉ the Irish national broadcaster has today confirmed that they will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel.
RTÉ has today revealed their programming schedule for this autumn and the new year in to 2019. In today’s announcement the national broadcaster confirmed that Ireland will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel. Ireland’s participation in next years contest will be the 53rd time that the island nation has taken part in the contest since their debut in 1965.
The broadcaster has not confirmed currently how they will be selecting their participant for the contest in 2019. Since 2016 the broadcaster has opted to use an internal selection process. In 2017 this selection process evolved to allow for public submissions for the competition.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy represented Ireland in Lisbon this year with the song “Together”. He finished 16th in the final with 136 points. This was Ireland’s first appearance in the final since 2013 and their best result since 2012.
Ireland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and is currently the most successful country to have participated in the contest, winning a total of seven times. During the 1990s Ireland was a powerhouse in the contest becoming the first country to win three years in a row from 1992 to 1994. Since 2000 Ireland has struggled in the contest having qualified from the semi-final into the final just six out of a possible 13 times. Ireland’s last top 10 result came in 2011 when Jedward finished 8th in Dusseldorf.