IRELAND – A total of six songs were selected from hundreds of entries received by RTÉ following a callout for submissions last September. The artists will perform the selected songs on a special Late Late Show on February 4, where the winner will be chosen by a combination of a national jury, international jury and public vote and go on to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy, in May.
Brooke Scullion’s That’s Rich has been revealed as the fourth song in the race to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. The song made its debut on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 on Wednesday morning, following the tracks I’m Loving Me by Rachel Goode, Real Love by Brendan Murray and Ashes of Yesterday by Janet Grogan.
Rising to fame as a finalist of The Voice UK 2020, Brooke wowed the judges and viewers with her performances on the show, duetting with Ella Eyre and mentored by Grammy award-winning coach and singer Meghan Trainor. Brooke’s music has received acclaim from the likes of BBC Introducing, as well as numerous Spotify editorial playlists including New Music Friday and New Pop UK Playlists,
Brooke said of writing her entry That’s Rich, which is inspired by Blondie meets The Gossip: “I was reading Debbie Harry’s autobiography and wanted to encapsulate the attitude she portrayed in her life.”
The Derry singer added: “It’s surreal to think I could be representing my country in the competition, it would be an honour. Given Ireland’s history with a fellow Derry girl like Dana who has done it before, I’m excited to be flying the flag and hope to do everybody proud! I also think in recent years I’ve been so impressed with the music Eurovision has produced, so am excited to be in the company of the likes of Maneskin and Loreen who are iconic!”
Rachel Goode is a classically trained soprano from Ballinasloe, Co Galway. Passionate about her craft, Rachel sings a crossover of genres from classical to pop and country. She is no stranger to the stage and has performed in many of Ireland’s major venues including the National Concert Hall and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. She recently performed on the Ivory Sessions and released her first single. She is inspired by singers such as Patsy Cline and Mary Black and her love of music has no bounds. From singing at country social dancing to singing with full orchestra, her voice can glide seamlessly through various genres and she is totally at home when on the stage.
Rachel says: “When I am singing, I am in my own world, nothing else seems to matter in that moment and it’s the best feeling ever”.
A member of Irish boy band Hometown from 2014-2016, Brendan also represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, performing to over 180 million people. Described as being in “a completely different league” by judge Simon Cowell, after reaching the semi-final of The X Factor and finishing in 5th place, Brendan went on to do The X Factor Tour in 2019, performing in 20 different arenas around the UK, including two Wembley shows in London.
Brendan says: “The meaning behind Real Love is not realising what was right in front of you the whole time.
“You’ve ignored and put the thought of it to one side but then you come to that realization that you should have said what you felt a long time ago.
“You’ve convinced and made excuses for yourself when you really should have told that person how you really felt.”
- Patrick O’Sullivan – One Night, One Kiss, One Promise
- Brooke Scullion – That’s Rich
- Janet Grogan – Ashes of Yesterday
- Rachel Goode — I’m Loving Me
- Brendan Murray – Real Love
- Miles Graham – Yeah We’re Gonna Get Out Of It
Singer-songwriter Miles Graham is originally from Clondalkin in Dublin and is now based in Co. Sligo. Miles was a guest on Weekend Wogan on BBC Radio 2 in 2015 with the legendary broadcaster Terry Wogan. He made his TV debut on The Late Late Show in 2018, with his song Let it Shine. He has since released several dance collaborations (Don Diabo, L’Tric, Tom Budin) as well as an EP All the Right Things in 2020. Miles currently has a dance collaboration, She is Gold, with Australian DJ outfit, L’tric.
Speaking about his song Miles said: “I wrote the song around April/May 2020 while on the first lockdown at home with my kids. I’m so proud of this song and the way it organically came about. It’s got a real sense of hope and community about it.
“It would be amazing if it ends up representing Ireland at the Eurovision. As a songwriter, to have my own children singing on the track is really so special.I try to create music that I want listen to and focus on trying to create unique melodies and lyrics.
“Piano and all vocals were recorded in my living room, and the rest in London. A nice addition was the brass and trumpet solo, which was played by members from Amy Winehouse’s original touring brass ensemble.”
Accomplished singer and performer Patrick O’Sullivan achieved a degree in Musical Theatre from The Arts Educational Schools in London on a full scholarship awarded to him by the college principal, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Graduating in 2015, Patrick immediately went on to star in the European premiere of Carrie – The Musical in London’s West End. He has also performed with The Book of Mormon, The Wind in The Willows, and Doctor Dolittle and worked directly with Meat Loaf on the production of Bat Out of Hell – The Musical.
In late 2021, Patrick appeared on the RTÉ singing game show, Last Singer Standing. His performance of Cher’s Believe in the grand finale received massive praise from the show’s panellists, Nadine Coyle, Joey Fatone, and Samantha Mumba. Patrick was voted the eventual winner of the show, taking home €25,000. In December 2021, Patrick released a charity Christmas single, The Hour Before Christmas in aid of The RTÉ Toy Show Appeal.
Patrick says: “I have always loved Eurovision; I grew up watching it with my family and have fond memories of the whole family sitting down to watch it together. I love how it has evolved over the years and has grown to incorporate so many more elements of the performance beyond singing.
“It’s the highest honour you can have, to represent your country. It would be a privilege and a dream come true. One Night, One Kiss, One Promise is a story about a modern romance, it’s a love story set to a fantastic upbeat melody.”
Singer Janet studied popular music in BCFE which also earned her a scholarship to Germany’s prestigious Pop Music University in Mannheim, Germany. Whilst in Germany, Janet experienced her first commercial success as a songwriter with Xavier Naidoo’s chart-topping single Alles Kann Besser Werden. This led to Janet featuring on the song and joining Naidoo for his 25 date arena tour around Germany, Switzerland & Austria, boasting crowds of 10,000 a night.
This is not Janet’s first experience with Eurovision as she accompanied Nicky Byrne in 2016 and Ryan O’ Shaughnessy in 2018 as a backing vocalist. Janet was a contestant on The X-Factor in 2016, making it to Sharon Osbourne’s house with amazing compliments from Sharon’s guest Robbie Williams likening Janet to Adele.
Most recently, Janet was on RTÉ’s Last Singer Standing, and was the longest-running contestant on the show, making it to the final. It has been a lifelong dream for Janet to represent Ireland in Eurovision. Her earliest memory is watching Niamh Kavanagh storm the stage in 1993 which inspired the 5-year-old to sing herself and dream that one day she could be there, too.
Janet says: “Ashes of Yesterday is all about rebuilding yourself up after disappointment, to not let self-doubt or others bring you down. The message is so powerful and encouraging, especially after the tough few years everyone has had. I want to uplift people and if I can do it while representing Ireland, that would be a dream come true.”