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Update: Ireland launches bid for Eurovision glory 🇮🇪

21 January 2022 at 12:00 CET
Ireland's Eurovision 2020 participant Lesley Roy Luca Truffarelli
Broadcaster RTÉ has launched its bid for Eurovision glory, revealing the 6 artists competing to represent the Emerald Isle: Rachel Goode, Brendan Murray, Janet Grogan, Brooke Scullion, Patrick O'Sullivan and Miles Graham.

The hopefuls will participate in a special version of The Late Late Show on Friday 4 February (RTE One, 22:25 CET), where a winner (and Ireland’s Eurovision participant) will be chosen by a combination of professional national jury, international jury and a public vote.

The chance to represent Ireland at the Contest in Turin has been extremely popular this year, with hundreds of entries being received by RTÉ following a callout for submissions last September.

All 6 songs are now available to listen to on SoundCloud.

Ireland’s Late Late Show national final participants:

Rachel Goode

Rachel Goode

I’m Loving Me (listen on SoundCloud)

Composers: Joakim Övrenius / Thomas Karlsson / Johan Mauritzson / Anna Engh

'When I am singing, I am in my own world, nothing else seems to matter in that moment and it’s the best feeling ever.’

Rachel is a classically trained soprano from Ballinasloe, County Galway.

Passionate about her craft, Goode is no stranger to the stage and has performed in many of Ireland’s major venues including the National Concert Hall and Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

📺 Watch: Rachel Goode – I’m Loving Me (Lyric Video)

The vocalist is inspired by singers such as Patsy Cline and Mary Black and her love of music has no bounds; from country and pop to singing with a full orchestra, her voice can glide seamlessly through various genres

I’m Loving Me is written and produced by some of the team behind Poland’s entry The Ride that competed in the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.

Brendan Murray

Brendan Murray

Real Love (listen on SoundCloud)

Composers: Brendan Murray / Darrell Coyle

A member of Irish boyband HomeTown from 2014 – 2016, you might also remember Brendan from the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, where he performed Dying To Try.

After the Contest, the talent from Tuam took part in The X Factor UK, finishing in 5th place, where Simon Cowell described him as being in ‘a completely different league.’

‘The meaning behind Real Love is not realising what was right in front of you the whole time. You’ve ignored and put the thought of it to one side but then you come to that realization that you should have said what you felt a long time ago.

You’ve convinced and made excuses for yourself when you really should have told that person how you really felt.’

Janet Grogan

Janet Grogan

Ashes of Yesterday (listen on SoundCloud)

Composers: Aidan O Connor / John Emil / Sandra Wikström

Singer Janet studied popular music at Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Dublin, which also earned her a scholarship to Germany’s prestigious Pop Music University in Mannheim. Whilst in Deutschland, Janet experienced her first commercial success as a songwriter with Xavier Naidoo’s chart-topping single Alles Kann Besser Werden.

This is not Janet’s first experience with Eurovision as she accompanied Nicky Byrne in 2016 and Ryan O’ Shaughnessy in 2018 as a backing vocalist. Janet was also a contestant on The X-Factor in 2016, making it to Sharon Osbourne’s house.

Janet says: ‘Ashes of Yesterday is all about rebuilding yourself up after disappointment, to not let self-doubt or others bring you down. The message is so powerful and encouraging, especially after the tough few years everyone has had. I want to uplift people and if I can do it while representing Ireland, that would be a dream come true.’

Brooke Scullion

Brooke Scullion

That’s Rich (listen on SoundCloud)

Composers: Brooke Scullion / Karl Zine / Izzy Warner

Rising to fame as a finalist of The Voice UK in 2020, Brooke wowed the judges and viewers with her performances on the show, duetting with Ella Eyre and mentored by Grammy award-winning coach and singer Meghan Trainor.

Brooke’s music has received acclaim from the likes of BBC Introducing, as well as numerous Spotify editorial playlists including New Music Friday and New Pop UK Playlists,

Brooke says That’s Rich is Inspired by Blondie and The Gossip: ‘I was reading Debbie Harry’s autobiography and wanted to encapsulate the attitude she portrayed in her life.’

Patrick O’Sullivan

Patrick O’Sullivan

One Night, One Kiss, One Promise (listen on SoundCloud)

Composers: Nicky Byrne / Lar Kaye / Danny O’Reilly

Accomplished singer and performer Patrick O’Sullivan achieved a degree in Musical Theatre from The Arts Educational Schools in London on a full scholarship awarded to him by the college principal, Andrew Lloyd Webber (himself a Eurovision superstar!)

Graduating in 2015, Patrick immediately went on to star in the European premier of Carrie – The Musical in London’s West End. He has also performed with The Book of Mormon, The Wind in The Willows, and Doctor Dolittle and worked directly with Meat Loaf on the production of Bat Out of Hell – The Musical.

Patrick says: ‘I have always loved Eurovision; I grew up watching it with my family and have fond memories of the whole family sitting down to watch it together. I love how it has evolved over the years and has grown to incorporate so many more elements of the performance beyond singing. It’s the highest honour you can have, to represent your country. It would be a privilege and a dream come true. ‘One Night, One Kiss, One Promise’ is a story about a modern romance, it’s a love story set to a fantastic upbeat melody.’

Miles Graham

Miles Graham

Yeah We’re Gonna Get Out Of It (listen on SoundCloud)

Composers: Miles Graham Miley / Justin Broad / Paul Herman

Singer/songwriter Miles Graham, originally from Clondalkin in Dublin, made his TV debut on The Late Late Show in 2018, with his song Let it Shine. He has since released several dance collaborations (Don Diabo, L’Tric, Tom Budin) as well as the EP All The Right Things.

Of his song, Miles says: ‘I wrote the song around April/May 2020 while on the first lockdown at home with my kids. I’m so proud of this song and the way it organically came about. It’s got a real sense of hope and community about it. It would be amazing if it ends up representing Ireland at the Eurovision.’

Let us know what you think of the hopefuls over on the official Eurovision Song Contest Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook channels.