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Sarah McTernan performs “22” live on The Late Late Show

Ireland’s hopeful for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, Sarah McTernan, has made her second live appearance on Irish television. The 25 year old performed her song ’22” on The Late Late Show on RTÉ One.

Simple approach

The performance Sarah McTernan gave last night was a simpler approach than we saw on her first appearance. That first appearance was a pink, retro styled performance during Dancing With The Stars. Last night’s show saw Sarah perform in a short dark blue dress, surrounded by a band.

In recent interviews, Sarah hasn’t revealed much of her staging plans for Tel Aviv at all. With the various stagings we’ve seen so far, it remains to be seen what the Scarriff singer and her team are planning for the second semifinal in Tel Aviv.

Boycott debate

The Late Late Show is no stranger to Eurovision related business in Ireland. For a couple of years, Ryan Tubridy hosted the Irish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest on his show. The last time they did so was in 2015, when Molly Sterling won Eurosong. Ever since 2016, RTÉ has opted to choose their act for Eurovision internally.

Last night’s show also offered a platform for a debate. Rory Cowan and Mary Coughlan took part in the panel to discuss the contest in Israel next month. They were joined by two of Ireland’s winners, Linda Martin and Paul Harrington. One of the topics they discussed was the call for Ireland to boycott a Eurovision Song Contest in Israel – calls dismissed by Cowan as “silly“.

Sarah McTernan will represent Ireland in Tel Aviv. She’ll perform as #2 in the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest there with her song “22”. Watch her live performance below!

Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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