Ireland: Eurovision 2020 act to be unveiled on March 5
RTÉ revealed today through its Twitter account that the country’s Eurovision 2020 representative will be unveiled on March 5th at RTÉ 2FM’s Breakfast with Doireann and Eoghan. The next day the Irish act will perform the entry on The Late Late Show.
The 7 times ESC winning country will be opening its cards for the next Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam on March 5 while the next day the Irish entry will go public during The Late Late show. Ireland is sticking with an internal seletion format as the last three years and this year’s entry is metioned as a change of direction ofr Ireland in the competition.
— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) February 27, 2020
Previously, Phillip McMahon was announce as the Creative Director for Ireland’s Eurovision 2020 entry while the choreographer and dance artist Philip Connaughton will be the choreographer for the performance in Rotterdam.
The Irish Eurovision Story so far
Last time RTE held a national final was in 2015 while it has opted for internal selections since 2016. The country however managed to reach the grand final only in 2018 since it has been selecting internaly its representatives
Ireland is a country of records when it comes to the Eurovison Song Contest. It participated for the first time in 1965 and has won the competition 7 times, more than any other country. (1970, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996).
It is the only country that has won the contest three successive years (1992, 1993, 1994) while Dublin is the only city to have hosted the event two consecutive years. (1994,1995). During the decade of 90’s the country had a row of 4 vicotries in a 5 year time (1993, 1994, 1995 and 1997) and Dublin became host city three times.Irish act Johnny Logan is the only one to have won the contest twice (1980, 1987).
In 2018 the country selected internally Ryan O’Shaughnessy to represent the country with his song Together, which finished 16th in the grand final.This year Sarah McTernan represented the country with her entry “22″, but failed to reach the final as she came 18th in the 2nd semi final with 16 points.