RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster, has confirmed that the Irish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be revealed on March 5.
The song will be played for the first time on Breakfast with Doireann and Eoghan on RTÉ 2FM. The first live performance of the song will take place the following day on The Late Late Show on RTÉ One. 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.
Phillip McMahon will be the Creative Director for the Irish entry at Eurovision 2020. Phillip is the Creative Director of ThisIsPopBaby, a theatre and entertainment company that has toured shows around Ireland and overseas. Dublin based choreographer and dance artist Philip Connaughton will be the choreographer for the staging of the entry.
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: RTÉ One
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.