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It’s Wild Youth for Ireland!

Wild Youth has won the Irish National Final ‘Eurosong’ and will fly the Irish flag in Liverpool!

In a nail biting final that saw five other entries perform, Wild Youth came out on top, defeating Connolly by a mere two points.

There were three parts to the voting, an Irish jury, an international jury and a public vote. You can see below for a breakdown of the voting:

RankActInternational JuryIrish JuryPublic voteTotal
1Wild Youth – “We Are One”10121234
2Connolly – “Midnight Summer Night”12101032
3K Muni & ND – “Down in the Rain”48820
4Public Image Limited – “Hawaii”66618
5ADGY – “Too Good for Your Love”84416
6Leila Jane – “Wild”2226

Who is Wild Youth?

Wild Youth are a Irish indie boy band consisting of David Whelan, Conor O’Donohoe, Ed Porter and Callum McAdam.

They are a popular band in Ireland, and have had several hits including Can’t Move On.

They have been hinting at a possible attempt at representing Ireland for over six months now, with band member O’Donohoe saying several times how much representing the Emerald Isle at Eurovision would mean to him and the band.

Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest

Ireland debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and has won the competition a record 7 times  (1970, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996). However, since the introduction of the public vote and the semi-finals, Ireland has struggled to reach the same heights.

Brooke represented Ireland at this year’s contest in Turin with “That’s Rich”. Unfortunately, she did not qualify, placing 15th in the second semi-final with 47 points. This marked Ireland’s third consecutive non-qualification.

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