Irish entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, “We Are One,” by Dublin band Wild Youth, has been selected as the nation’s official entry.
The Eurosong competition took place on Friday night on the Late Late Show with six contestants.
A fellow contestant, Connolly, who placed second with her song “Midnight Summer Night,” and the Dublin band Wild Youth were in a particularly close race.
The other submissions were “Wild” by Leila Jane, “Down In The Rain” by K Muni & ND, “Hawaii” by Public Image Limited, and “Too Good For Your Love” by ADGY.
Wild Youth’s song ‘We are one’ was written by Grammy-nominated songwriter Jörgen Elofsson in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Eurovision Song Contest for this year will take place on May 13 in Liverpool. In the competition last year, the United Kingdom came in second place to Ukraine, and it was chosen to host while Ukraine is still being attacked by Russia. Russia is still prohibited from participating in the competition.
Ireland has only advanced past the semifinals once since 2013, and this year’s chances are not good either.
Our entrant will take part in the first semi-final on Tuesday, May 9 this year, which is the heat that UK voters – often quite Irish-friendly – will not be allowed to vote in.
A combination of public votes and selections made by both a national and international jury determined the national song contest winner for last night.
The Irish entry from last year, “That’s Rich,” by Brooke Scullion, failed to advance past the semifinal stage.