RTE.IE REPORTS / IRELAND – RTÉ is pleased to announce that Ireland will once again be taking part in The Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine in May 2016. The ESC is the largest Entertainment Show in the world and consistently one of the most popular annual television events both in Ireland and across Europe. This year’s Eurovision, hosted by Sweden in Stockholm reached a total of 204 Million viewers.
As usual Ireland will be drawn in one of the two semi-finals which will take place on the 9th and 11th of May. Qualifying acts from each semi-final will then compete in the Grand Final on Saturday the 13th of May.
This year RTÉ has selected Brendan Murray as the singer who will represent Ireland in Kyiv. From Tuam in Co. Galway Brendan has been a member of the successful boy band “Hometown” since he was 17. Hometown’s first single “Where I Belong” became the fastest-selling single from a debut act and the fastest-selling single from an Irish artist in 2014, reaching number one in the Irish charts.
The band’s second single, “Cry For Help” was released in March 2015 in Ireland and also reached number one. Hometown have toured extensively in the UK and Ireland and have supported such acts as Olly Murs, McBusted and The Vamps.
RTÉ is now inviting interested parties to submit a song for consideration by Louis Walsh in conjunction with a judging panel to be selected by RTÉ. Louis Walsh and the judging panel will consider all songs but will not limit themselves to considering songs solely submitted through this process.
Songs must be no longer than 3 minutes in duration. Compositions submitted for consideration (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 2016.
The closing date for entries will be at 5pm on Monday, the 16th of January, 2017. Entries should be submitted to Eurovision Song Contest 2017, RTÉ Entertainment, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. It is a condition of entry that song entries and their songwriter(s) and performer(s) must at all times comply with the rules and all songwriter(s) that enter are deemed to have read and agreed to accept and abide by the rules. In the event of any failure to comply with the rules listed below and/or the ESC 2017 Rules the relevant entry (and songwriter) may be disqualified by RTÉ and/or the EBU.
All song entries must be submitted on CD or on USB key as an MP3 or WAV file. Files submitted by email will not be accepted or considered, neither will entries which consist of a link to any YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Spotify or other similar website.
Please send entries to
Eurovision 2017, RTÉ, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
To arrive no later than 5pm on Monday, the 16th of January, 2017