A report has claimed that Niall Horan will represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
In a since deleted article on the Irish Mirror, Niall Horan was claimed to be the Irish representative for Tel Aviv. Before the article, which seemed to be originally planned for publishing this evening, was taken down, members of ESCNation took screenshots of the article.
Niall Horan is not the first person rumoured to be representing Ireland at Eurovision 2019. Una Healy was previously reported to be RTÉ’s top pick for Tel Aviv. Una was previously a backing singer for Brian Kennedy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006.
Niall Horan first rose to fame in 2010 as a member of the boyband One Direction. The band went to 50 million albums around the world and became the first band in history to have four albums debut at number one on the Billboard Album Charts. Following the band’s hiatus in 2016, Niall began a solo career. His debut solo album Flicker debuted at number one on the Irish Album charts. He also re-recorded the album with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra.
Niall Horan and RTÉ have yet to comment on this news yet.
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.