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Ireland: Sarah McTernan to Eurovision 2019

The Irish representative at Eurovision Song Contest 2019 has just been revealed: Sarah McTernan. Sarah will sing the song "22" in Tel Aviv

Sarah McTernan will represent Ireland at Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv with the song "22". This has just been revealed by Irish broadcaster RTÉ.

Sarah's song is called 22 and will be released today on RTÉ Radio 1 at 10:00 CET, and later today the music video will premiere. On Sunday 10 March Sarah will perform 22 for the first time on Dancing with the Stars on RTÉ as part of a special Eurovision-themed programme.

The song 22 is written by Janieck, Marcia Sondeijker and Roulsen.


Sarah McTernan is 24 year old from Scariff, County Clare. She came third in The Voice of Ireland in 2015. Last year she competed in San Marino's 1in360 with the song "Eye of the Storm" but didn't make it to the live shows.

Sarah is obviously proud and honoured to represent Ireland at Eurovision:

– 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!

Ireland in Eurovision Song Contest

Ireland holds the record of most victories in Eurovision Song Contest: Seven victories! The six of these victories were in the 80s and 90s:

Ireland 2018: Ryan O'Shaughnessy - "Together"
  • 1970: "All Kinds Of Everything"
  • 1980: "What's Another Year"
  • 1987: "Hold Me Now"
  • 1992: "Why Me"
  • 1993: "In Your Eyes"
  • 1994: "Rock 'n' Roll Kids"
  • 1996: "The Voice"

They have been in Eurovision since 1965 with 52 participation since then. Ireland has qualified for the Grand Final 8 out of 15 times since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004.

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