The Irish broadcaster, RTÉ, have finally revealed the Irish representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 – Sarah McTernan will be singing 22 for the Emerald Isle in Tel Aviv.
Sarah McTernan are hoping to follow in Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s footsteps and make the final again for Ireland for two years running.
The Irish representative, who turns 25 next Monday, is very excited to be representing her country at this year’s Eurovision, and as she herself has stated, it is something that she couldn’t even imagine a few months ago.
Among others, Sarah said:
My Eurovision participation came like an early birthday present! My 25th birthday is next Monday and if you’d told me last year that I’d be chosen to represent my country at Eurovision, performing the song for the first time on Dancing with the Stars this Sunday, and then flying to Tel Aviv on my birthday to record a postcard, I would have told you – you were crazy!My Mom, Nana, family and friends are super excited for me – they’re shocked and very proud. I can’t wait to teach my biggest fan – my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Mia – all the lyrics to 22!
Ireland will compete in the first half of the second semi-final on 16 May.
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Ireland still hold the record for the most Eurovision Song Contest victories, with seven in total – the took the trophy home in 1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996. Last year Ireland were represented by Ryan O’Shaughnessy and his song Together. He finished in 16th place with 136 points.