Ireland has been making its mind up this evening, and we have a result! Brooke wins 'The Late Late Eurosong Special' and will represent Ireland at the 66th Eurovision Song Contest in May, with the song 'That's Rich'.
It’s the first time since 2015 that the Irish public have been involved in selecting Ireland’s Eurovision song. They weren’t tasked with that decision alone, however: the winner of Ireland’s national final was chosen by a combination of a professional national jury, an international jury and the public vote.
The Late Late Eurosong Special saw 6 artists compete for the chance to represent the Emerald Isle in Turin: Patrick O’Sullivan, Rachel Goode, Brendan Murray, Janet Grogan, Miles Graham and eventual winner Brooke.
Despite That’s Rich topping the vote with the international jury and the public televote, the in-house panel of judges placed its higher marks elsewhere, and so it was a tense finish in which the final result wasn’t made clear until the last few moments, with Brooke emerging as the winner by 4 points.
Brooke – That’s Rich
The critically-acclaimed Brooke Scullion first found fame as a finalist on the 2020 series of The Voice UK, and has since been earmarked by BBC Introducing as one to watch on the British pop scene. The Derry darling cites Blondie and The Gossip as being the major influences for That’s Rich, having written it while devouring Debbie Harry’s autobiography.
Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest
Ireland first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and have since gone on to win the Contest a record 7 times in total.
The 1990s were Ireland’s golden era in the Eurovision Song Contest, during which the country won the competition 4 times in 5 years, a feat no country has come close to beating since.
In Turin, Brooke will be hoping to nudge Ireland’s impressive numbers up once more.