euro clash Meet the six Eurovision hopefuls competing on RTE’s Late Late Show for chance to represent Ireland
The 66th Eurovision song contest will take place in May
Tonight six singers will appear on the Late Late Show vying for the chance to represent Ireland at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.
For the first time in years, the Irish public will have the opportunity to cast their vote for who they want to see sing for Ireland at the competition in Italy this may.
The competition whittled 300 entries down to just six, and tonight the finalists will perform on The Late Late Show Eurosong 2022 Special in hopes of winning the hearts and ears of the Public an International Jury and a Studio Jury.
But before the big show, meet the six singers hoping to fly the flag for Ireland this year.
The first hopeful is Musical Theatre graduate Patrick O’Sullivan.
The West End performer will be singing ‘One Night, One Kiss, One Promise’ composed by Westlife’s Nicky Byrne, The Coronas Danny O’Reilly and guitarist Lar Kaye.
"It's the highest honour you can have, to represent your country,” he said of potentially performing at Eurovision.
“It would be a privilege and a dream come true. ‘One Night, One Kiss, One Promise’ is a story about a modern romance. It's a love story set to a fantastic upbeat melody."
Former Ballyfermot College student Janet Grogan will be performing her song Ashes of Yesterday.
Composed by Aidan O Connor, John Emil and Sandra Wikström, Janet said the song is “is all about rebuilding yourself up after disappointment, to not let self-doubt or others bring you down.”
“The message is so powerful and encouraging, especially after the tough few years everyone has had. I want to uplift people and if I can do it while representing Ireland, that would be a dream come true."
Brendan Murray, former member of Irish boyband Hometown, is a co-composer of his track Real Love.
He represented Ireland at the competition in 2017 with the song 'Dying to Try' but failed to reach the final.
He worked on the track with singer-songwriter Darrell Coyle.
“The meaning behind Real Love is not realising what was right in front of you the whole time,” he explained.
"You've ignored and put the thought of it to one side, but then you come to that realisation that you should have said what you felt a long time ago.”
"You've convinced and made excuses for yourself when you really should have told that person how you really felt.”
Clondalkin native Miles Graham is no stranger to the Late Late Show having performed his single ‘Let it Shine’ on the show in 2018.
‘Yeah We're Gonna Get Out Of It’ is the track he is performing with hopes of making it to Italy.
He composed the song alongside Justin Broad and Paul Herman.
"It would be amazing if it ends up representing Ireland at the Eurovision,” he said of the song.
“As a songwriter, to have my own children singing on the track is really so special. I try to create music that I want to listen to, and focus on trying to create unique melodies and lyrics.”
Classically trained soprano from Co Galway, Rachel Goode will perform ‘I’m Loving Me’.
The track was composed by Joakim Övrenius, Thomas Karlsson, Johan Mauritzson and Anna Eng.
Feeling most at home when on stage, she said: “When I am singing, I am in my own world. Nothing else seems to matter in that moment and it's the best feeling ever.”
Last but not least - Brooke Scullion, a finalist on The Voice UK in 2020, will perform ‘That’s Rich’.
Composed by Brooke alongside Karl Zine and Izzy Warner, the Derry girl is a huge fan of last year’s winners, Italian band Maneskin.
“I'm excited to be flying the flag and hope to do everybody proud!”
“I also think in recent years I've been so impressed with the music Eurovision has produced, so am excited to be in the company of the likes of Maneskin and Loreen, who are iconic!"
Alongside presenter Ryan Tubridy, Marty Whelan, will be backstage chatting to each of the artists.
There will also be a very special performance of Riverdance.
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