RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster, has opened its submission window for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv.
RTÉ have stated that they are looking for “accomplished songwriters and performers, with a proven track record of success in the music industry”. Michael Kealy, the Head of Delegation for Ireland, explained:
“We were really proud of the Irish performance in Lisbon this year, months of work went into planning our Eurovision act, bringing together the various audio and visual elements, from song arrangement to choreography to lighting design. The performance of “Together” by Ryan O’Shaughnessy and dancers Kevin O’Dywer and Alan McGrath with backing vocals from Janet Grogan, Remy Naidoo and Claire Ann Varley received worldwide acclaim when performed on stage and created headlines around the world. “Together” placed 16th in the final which is the best result since Jedward came in eighth place in Dussledorf with “Lipstick” in 2011.”
“For Eurovision 2019 we want to produce a world class act that will do Ireland proud on stage in Tel Aviv and in front of a worldwide audience of nearly 200 million people. The Eurovision Song Contest is incredibly competitive so we need a top class song, with instant appeal and a highly experienced act who is used to performing live in front of large audiences.”
As well as looking for submissions from public, RTÉ can also approach professional singers and songwriters to submit entries.
The rules of submitting entries are as follows:
- Compositions submitted for consideration (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released and/or publicly performed including online video platforms or social networks, in full or in part, before the 1st September 2018.
- Entries will only be accepted by email as an MP3 (192kbps) file. No entries will be accepted on CD, cassette, DAT, minidisc or any other format.
- All entries must be emailed to Eurovision2019@rte.ie
- Songwriters may only submit one song each. If multiple entries are received from a songwriter, then only the entry that was received first will be accepted.
- RTÉ reserve the right to change the artist on a submitted entry.
- The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Friday November 23 2018.
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 in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.