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Ireland: RTÉ announces call out for Eurovision Song Contest 2020

The closing date for submissions is Friday 25th of October 2019.

Undeterred by their performance at the 2019 contest, RTÉ have announced an open call for Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The Irish broadcaster had previously confirmed their participation back in August. Will 2020 mark their eight time at the top spot?

RTÉ – the Irish state broadcaster – has announced an open call, inviting songwriters and performers to submit a song to be considered to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2020, to be held in Rotterdam.

RTÉ Entertainment and RTÉ 2FM also want to hear from established contemporary, professional artists who have the drive and ambition to succeed and who wish to showcase their talents to a global audience.

Except from the announcement on RTÉ’s website

In the official announcement, it is clear that the broadcaster are hoping to better their result for the next edition.

Artists putting themselves forward must have intrinsic and obvious appeal to the core youth audiences who make up a significant amount of Eurovision viewers and fans.

Except from the announcement on RTÉ’s website

Notably, they have reserved the right essentially to ignore submissions if they are to find a representative through approaching established acts.

RTÉ will consider all suitable artists who put themselves forward. RTÉ also reserves the right to approach artist(s) directly.

Except from the announcement on RTÉ’s website

If you’re Irish and think you’ve got what it takes to carry the Irish flag to AHOY Rotterdam next year, you can submit an entry here. The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Friday 25th of October 2019.

Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest

Ireland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 53 times since making its debut at the 1965 Contest in Naples, missing only two contests since then (1983 and 2002). The contest final is broadcast in Ireland on RTÉ One. Ireland is the most successful country in the contest, with a record total of seven wins, and is the only country to have won three times consecutively.

Ireland’s seven wins were achieved in 1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996. Johnny Logan is the only performer to have won twice (in 1980 and 1987) and also wrote the 1992 winning entry. Ireland also finished second in 1967, 1984, 1990 and 1997, and has a total of 18 top five results.

Since the introduction of the semifinal round in 2004, Ireland has failed to reach the final seven times, and has twice finished last in the final, in 2007 and 2013. Ireland’s only top 10 result in the last 13 contests (2007–19) is Jedward’s eighth-place in 2011 with the iconic “Lipstick”.

Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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 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.

Will Ireland return to its former glory next year? Who would you like to see represent Ireland in 2020? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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