Ireland: What to expect from 'The Late Late Show' 🇮🇪04 February 2022 at 13:00 CET
📺 TUNE IN: The Late Late Show – Eurosong 2022 will begin at 22:35 CET on RTÉ One on Friday 4 February. It will stream live on RTÉ Player, for those able to access it.
Broadcaster RTÉ has already revealed the 6 songs in the running to represent the Emerald Isle in May, as well as the 6 artists who will be performing them on the night. The night in question sees the weekly talk show, The Late Late Show, play host to a special Eurosong edition, in which the 6 songs will compete, with the winner heading to Turin for Ireland.
It will be the first time since 2015 that the Irish public have been involved in selecting Ireland’s Eurovision song. They won’t be tasked with that decision alone, however: the winner will be chosen by a combination of a professional national jury, an international jury and the public vote.
Regular Late Late Show presenter Ryan Tubridy will be on hosting duties, and he’ll be joined on the night by RTÉ’s Eurovision commentator Marty Whelan. Marty won’t be the only name familiar to Eurovision fans, though; The Late Late Eurosong Special will also see an interval performance from Riverdance, who gave Eurovision one of its most iconic interval acts of all time from Dublin in 1994. Host Ryan Tubridy has promised viewers an ‘enormous’ event on Friday.
Who’s in the running to represent Ireland?
Over 300 songs were submitted to RTÉ in the hope of securing a ticket to this final; but it was these 6 entries which were selected to complete the Eurosong line-up:
Patrick O’Sullivan – One Night, One Kiss, One Promise
A competitor with past form when it comes to a vote from the Irish public, in late 2021 Patrick was crowned winner of RTÉ singing game show, Last Singer Standing, which was hosted by this song’s co-writer (and a former Eurovision participant for Ireland) Nicky Byrne. Prior to his appearance on that, Patrick had racked up plenty of experience on stage, performing in productions of The Book of Mormon, The Wind in The Willows, Doctor Dolittle and Bat Out of Hell – The Musical.
‘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.’
📺 Watch: Patrick O’Sullivan – One Night, One Kiss, One Promise
Janet Grogan – Ashes of Yesterday
An artist with prior experience of performing on the Eurovision stage is Janet Grogan, who accompanied Nicky Byrne in 2016 and Ryan O’ Shaughnessy in 2018 as a backing vocalist. She’s also put herself out there as a competitor, too, participating in the UK’s The X Factor and Ireland’s Last Singer Standing. And all this came after the Dublin singer and songwriter studied the art of music itself, earning a scholarship to Germany’s prestigious Pop Music University in Mannheim.
'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.'
📺 Watch: Janet Grogan – Ashes Of Yesterday
Brendan Murray – Real Love
Dying To Try his luck at Eurovision once again, is Brendan Murray, who represented his country at Kyiv in 2017. In the half a decade since, he’s become a familiar face to even more people, having finished in 5th place at The X Factor UK in 2018, subsequently heading out on The X Factor tour in 2019, performing in 20 different arenas around the UK, including two Wembley shows in London.
'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 realisation 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’
📺 Watch: Brendan Murray – Real Love
Miles Graham – Yeah, We’re Gonna Get Out Of It
He’s been releasing music for 8 years now, and in that time has built up a catalogue of numerous singles, 2 EPs and 4 dance music collaborations. Now the Sligo-based singer and songwriter is hoping to have his music heard from the biggest stage of them all. Miles is no stranger to The Late Late Show, having made his debut on there in 2018; and he was even invited as a guest onto Terry Wogan’s BBC Radio 2 show in 2015, chatting with the late Eurovision legend about his music.
'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. As a songwriter, to have my own children singing on the track is really so special. I try to create music that I want to listen to and focus on trying to create unique melodies and lyrics. Piano and all vocals were recorded in my living room, and the rest in London. A nice addition was the brass and trumpet solo, which was played by members from Amy Winehouse’s original touring brass ensemble.'
📺 Watch: Miles Graham – Yeah, We’re Gonna Get Out Of It
Rachel Goode – I’m Loving Me
A versatile musician who is as comfortable performing country as she is classical, Galway native Rachel Goode now brings synthpop into her eclectic mix of soundscapes, which she’ll showcase at The Late Late Eurosong Special via her song I’m Loving Me. The classically trained soprano has treaded the boards in many of Ireland’s major venues, including the National Concert Hall and Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
'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’
📺 Watch: Rachel Goode – I’m Loving Me
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.
'It’s surreal to think I could be representing my country in the competition, it would be an honour. Given Ireland’s history with a fellow Derry girl like Dana who has done it before, I’m excited to be flying the flag and hope to do everybody proud! I also think in recent years I’ve been so impressed with the music Eurovision has produced, so am excited to be in the company of the likes of Måneskin and Loreen who are iconic!'
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