IRELAND – RTE spent more than €315K to send Brooke Scullion to Eurovision, but the final costs could be higher.
The national broadcaster spent nearly €50K on hotel rooms for Brooke’s 16-person entourage and €13,293 on food for two weeks in Italy.
According to Freedom of Information figures, Ireland’s Eurovision flop cost €315,161, including €92,588 for EBU fees.
Brooke’s song That’s Rich didn’t make Ireland’s final.
Brooke’s design set pieces, and lighting cost €34,275, according to the FOI.
Brooke and her 16-person team, including her manager Ronan Shivers, RTE’s Head of Delegation Michael Kealey, and RTE star Marty Whelan, spent €5,135 on flights, and €984 on taxis, tolls, and parking in Turin.
Six were from RTÉ and the remaining ten were the performer, the Artists’, choreographer/creative director, vocal coach, manager, hair stylist, and photographer.
“Representation” cost €260. RTE hasn’t explained the bill.
RTE said Eurovision’s cost could be higher.
The RTÉ annual accounts for 2022 have not been finalised, so these costs do not include RTÉ labour and support costs.
This year’s Eurovision cost was €15K less than last year’s €330,000 bill to Rotterdam, where Lesley Roy failed to qualify with Maps. The EBU fee was less than this year’s bill, costing €88,100 in 2021.
In 2019, RTÉ spent over €336k to send Ireland’s 2019 Eurovision entry to Tel Aviv, Israel.
19 people, including singer Sarah McTernan, five performers, and commentator Marty Whelan, attended the contest.
Ireland didn’t qualify either.
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