Phillip McMahon has been named as the creative director for the Irish entry at Eurovision 2020.
Phillip McMahon is the director of ThisIsPopBaby, a theatre and entertainment company that has performed shows in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Mainland Europe, Australia and the United States. Their shows include “Alice In Funderland” and “Riot”. The latter show won Best Production at the Dublin Fringe Fest 2017 and Panti Bliss, one of Ireland’s most prominent drag queens, Britain’s Got Talent 2017 semi-finalists Lords Of Strut and spoken word artist Emmet Kirwan. Riot toured around Ireland and outside, including the United States.
Dublin based choreographer and dance artist Philip Connaughton will be the choreographer for the staging of the Irish entry.
Friends: I have answered Ireland's call. Happy to share that I will be Creative Director on Ireland's #Eurovision2020 entry, choreographed by @CompanyPhilipCo and brought to life by the @thisispopbaby family. Can't wait to share Ireland's kick ass act! @RTE are *ON IT*!
— Philly McMahon (@McMahonPhilly) January 29, 2020
Alan Swan, the Head of Music Content for RTÉ 2FM revealed that the radio station will have news regarding the artist and entry very soon. RTÉ 2FM were involved in the selection of this year’s Irish entry and involved in promoting the selected song and artist through their various platforms. RTÉ 2FM specialises in current popular music and has promoted new and upcoming artists through their 2FM Rising project.
— Alan Swan (@alanswan) January 29, 2020
2020 will mark the 54th time that Ireland has competed in the Eurovision Song Contest. The nation, which currently holds the record for the most victories in the competition, saw its worst result to date at the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Sarah McTernan and “22” finished last in Semi-Final Two, scoring just 16 points. Ireland received 13 points from the juries; 5 points from Moldova and 8 points from Italy. While the United Kingdom awarded 3 points in the televote.
Source: ThisIsPopBaby, Alan Swan
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 1990’s 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.