RTÉ have announced that Ireland will be taking part in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, making them the 29th country to confirm for next year’s contest!
Eurovision’s most successful country is heading to the Netherlands!
Yesterday, Irish broadcaster RTÉ announced their autumn 2019 schedule for programming, which confirmed shows that would appear on the channel over the upcoming months and also at the start of 2020. This confirmed that RTÉ would broadcast next year’s contest, also confirming their participation in the contest.
Ireland’s appearance in the 2020 contest will be their eighteenth participation in a row, last missing the contest in 2002 due to being relegated after a poor result in 2001. However, Ireland are Eurovision’s most successful country, winning seven times – four of those wins being in the 1990s.
Ireland at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest
In Tel Aviv, Sarah McTernan represented Ireland with the song, “22”. Unfortunately, Sarah placed last in the second semi-final (18th place), scoring just 16 points. It was Ireland’s first time finishing last in a semi-final. Ireland has however placed last in the final on two occasions in 2007 and 2013. Ireland will no doubt be hoping to return to the final in 2020, just like Ryan O’Shaughnessy did in 2018 after a four-year non-qualification streak.
Are you happy that Ireland will participate in 2020? Who would you like to see represent them in the Netherlands? Do you hope they can do better than Sarah did in Tel Aviv?
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