RTÉ has announced the return of The Late Late Show as the Irish selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Announced last night on The Late Late Show, Ireland will be holding a televised national selection for the first time since 2015. The Late Late Show will hold a Eurovision special in early 2022 with singers competing live to represent Ireland in Italy, the winner will be determined with the involvement of the public.
The rules of the selection are as follows:
- Songs must meet the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest e.g. no longer than 3 minutes
- Composers may only submit one song each
- The song must not have been released or performed publicly before September 1, 2021
Songs are being accepted by the Irish broadcaster from today until 6 pm on the 22nd of October.
Lesley Roy represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with “Maps”. She finished last in the first semi-final with 20 points.
Image Source: EBU / Andres Putting | Source: RTÉ
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.