Ireland set to bring back national final for Eurovision 2022

September 18, 2021

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After confirming their participation for Eurovision 2022, Irish broadcaster RTÉ have now confirmed that they will bringing back a national final to find the nations next representative. This will be the first time since 2015 that Ireland will use a national final for Eurovision.

The songs submissions window has opened today, and will close at 6pm on October 22nd. The broadcaster has set out a list of rules and regulations that all submissions must adhere to:

  • No song can be longer than 3 minutes
  • Composers and songwriters can only submit one song
  • The song must not have been released or performed in any way before September 1st, 2021
  • All songs must be sumbitted with an artist or artists attached

All of the submissions will be listened to by a panel of music and entertainment industry professionals and Eurovision fans. They will chose a shortlist of songs and artists who will be invited to perform on “The Late Late Show” in early 2022, where one of them will be chosen as Ireland’s Eurovision 2022 representative.

Lesley Roy was internally selected by the broadcaster to represent Ireland in Eurovision 2020 and 2021. In Rotterdam this May, she performed “Maps” in the first semi final, but ultimatley failed to qualify to the final. 

The last time Ireland used a national final to chose their Eurovision act was in 2015. After performing “Playing With Numbers” on The Late Late Show, Molly Sterling was crowned the winner, and Ireland’s Eurovision representative. She finished in 12th place in semi final 2.

Are you excited to see the return of an Irish national final? Which artists would you like to see taking part? Let us know in the comments below!

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