The Irish national broadcaster just announced an open call for songs for all established artists and songwriters, to submit their songs for the possibility to represent Ireland in Eurovision 2018, which will be held in Lisbon next May.
Starting from today, until the 6th of November at 5pm Irish time, all interested parties can submit a song to RTÉ in order to become the next Irish Eurovision entry. The following rules apply:
- Songwriters/composers may only submit one song (including co-writes) for consideration. If more than one song per composer is submitted only the first song received will be considered.
- The song must be no longer than 3 minutes.
- Submitted entries (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released and/or publicly performed including online video platforms or social networks, in full or in part, before the 1st September 2017.
- RTÉ reserves the absolute right to approach established acts and songwriters and to select a song and/or a performer(s) at its sole discretion from outside this process
- RTÉ also reserves the right to match any song selected with a different artist to the one submitted with the entry.
- Submissions are accepted by email as an MP3 (192kbps) file, or Soundcloud link. No submissions will be accepted on CD, cassette or in any other format.
- The entries should be sent to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether the song will be selected in a national selection, or internally, is yet to be announced. The last time Ireland selected an entry in a national selection was in 2015, when Molly Sterling represented her country with “Playing With Numbers”. Earlier this year, Brendan Murray was selected internally to represent Ireland with his song “Dying To Try”.