IRELAND – For the first time RTÉ held a Eurovision Forum to discuss what is going wrong with their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in order to get a deeper insight into what Eurovision Song Contest is today with representatives from Irish music industry media and fans. There were three speakers: the Irish Head of Delegation Michael Kealy, Austrian Head of Press, Roman Horacek and from the official Eurovision website Paul Jordan.
HIGHLGHTS OF THE FORUM
- Ireland wants to win and refuted the old saying back in the 90s that the country doesn’t want to win again. There were efforts to do well despite the poor results in the recent Eurovision Song Contest edition.
- RTÉ is among the broadcasters suffering from the economic crisis but they believe they can host and pay for the contest in a moderate way and not in an extravagant budget like Baku or Copenhagen.
- Irish national broadcaster hasn’t made any plans for their 2018 participation yet. Irish Head of Delegation would like to see an open song competition for Eurovision 2018 and would like to see a new jury panel with a broader variety of backgrounds in the music and showbiz industry.
- There are no money to make a national selection and therefore it seems that Irish national broadcaster is considering again an internal selection for the artist following the success of other countries like Austria, Belgium, Russia and The Netherlands and since the Irish advertising market is too small to attract sponsors, the internal selection seems the only option for them.
- Irish national broadcaster wants to work closer with the country’s music industry on Eurovision Song Contest and that’s why representatives of major record labels were present in the Eurovision Forum. Music industry representatives left the sentiment that they would love to participate in the project but never asked. They also blamed RTÉ because they don’t take action in advance and the established artists are already booked months in advance and they do believe the singer should be selected first and then the song.
- There is also a serious problem with promoting Eurovision. RTÉ is one of the few national broadcasters with no social platform for the project. The broadcaster is not also promoting their Eurovision entry via their radio stations claiming they re independent and cannot be forced to do it. Also they realised that magazines and press cannot be highly interested into names like Brendan Murray and Molly Sterling.
- Austrian Head of press said that they were searching for their 2014 participants for months and they do scouting for participants months in advance. They area already seeking the 2018 Eurovision participant internally. ORF’s representative said that all you need is a Eurovision style singer and not necessarily an established star.
- Irish national broadcaster will make a formal announcement about their Eurovision Song Contest 2018 participation hopefully sooner this year unlike January (2016) and December (2017).