Ireland: RTE to announce artist and song on 5th March

Irish Broadcaster RTE have announced that they’re to release details of their artist and song on 5th March.

RTÉ broke the news on this afternoon (27th February), just hours after one of the broadcaster’s most popular DJs teased their song as being a “whopper”.

Tracy Clifford, DJ of Ireland’s RTE 2FM, spoke of the song whilst commenting on the UK’s song this year saying:

“Nah”. “I’ll tell you why. I’ve heard the Irish one. It’s a whopper this year”.

The DJ then repeats

“whopper”, “way better than that [the British song]… it’s not working out for me this year”.

We may not beat them in rugby but we’ll definitely beat them in the Eurovision”.

You can here her comments at 2:05 by clicking here.

The Irish song will receive its worldwide debut on RTÉ 2FM’s Breakfast with Doireann and Eoin. An exact time has yet to be confirmed, but the programme usually runs from 7am to 10am CET.

Then, one day later, on 6th March the song will be performed live for the first time on The Late Late Show on Irish Channel RTÉ One.

One of the acts rumoured to be representing the country include singer Lesley Roy according to Irish Newspaper The Irish Sun, with ThisIsPopBaby’s Philly Mchanon being confirmed as the Creative Director for Ireland’s entry.

Many fans were speculating that ELM would be representing the country, but the group recently confirmed tour dates which clash with Eurovision rehearsals. (You can see one of their posters below).

Ireland failed to qualify last year with Sarah McTernan’s song ’22’ coming last in the 2nd Semi Final, the country’s 5th non-qualification in the last 6 years. (You can see the entry below). Can Ireland turn things around this year?

Are you looking forward to Ireland releasing their artist and song? Do you think the country can turn things around this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

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