With the song ‘22', Sarah McTernan will represent Ireland this year. Sarah is set to perform second in the second Semi-Final on Thursday 16 May in Tel Aviv, Israel. This is 'Ticket to Tel Aviv', our feature counting down to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.
Over 430 songs were submitted to Irish broadcaster RTÉ for consideration before the November 2018 deadline. Several panels comprising music experts, journalists, Eurovision fans and students from BIMM shortlisted the entries received and ultimately the song 22 was selected as Ireland’s entry.
Who is Sarah McTernan?
Sarah was born on 11 March 1994 and is an Irish singer-songwriter from Scariff, County Clare. She came third in the series 4 of 'The Voice of Ireland' in April 2015. At her blind audition she sang 'Who You Are' and all 4 judges turned their chairs. Her coach and mentor was Rachel Stevens of S Club 7 fame.
Sarah is an only child and has a 2.5-year-old daughter Mia who also loves to sing. After graduating from secondary school in 2011, Sarah took a pre-nursing course in Ennis, County Clare. She then went on to study Music Technology at Limerick Institute of Technology after which she took a break from education and worked in retail. Sarah has also worked as a makeup artist.
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Sarah’s participating song
Sarah McTernan will perform the song 22, which was written by Janieck, Marcia “Misha” Sondeijker and Roulsen.
Ireland last year
In 2018, Ireland finished 16th in the Grand Final. Ryan O'Shaughnessy received 136 points for his song Together.
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