Wild Youth to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2023

Tonight, the Irish entry was chosen during Eurosong 2023: The band Wild Youth will be representing Ireland with the song "We Are One"

Wild Youth won the Irish national selection show, Eurosong 2023, tonight and will represent Ireland on the Eurovision stage in Liverpool with the song "We Are One."

Eurosong 2023

Ireland 2023: Wild Youth – "We Are One"

Eurosong 2023

Once again, the Irish national final known as Eurosong took place during a special edition of "The Late Late Show" with Ryan Tubridy, live from RTÉ Television Centre in Dublin. Six acts competed for the opportunity to represent Ireland in Liverpool on the Eurovision stage.

Unlike last year, the jury panel in the studio did not have a say in deciding the winning song. The winner was chosen by an international jury, a national jury, and the televote results.

Wild Youth

The four-piece band Wild Youth is from Dublin and has had several top hits in Ireland. The band has also toured with big names such as Niall Horan, Lewis Capaldi, and Westlife.

Their winning song "We are One" was written by the band and Swedish songwriter Jörgen Elofsson.

Before their victory in Dublin, Wild Youth said:

– We are so delighted to be here. Eurovision is something we have always loved and would love to represent our country. We hope that everyone loves the song that we've written and believe we can be the band to represent Ireland this year.

Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest

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

Ireland 1996: Eimear Quinn - "The Voice"
Ireland 1996: Eimear Quinn - "The Voice"

Ireland has been part of Eurovision since 1965, with 55 appearances since then. They have qualified for the Grand Final 8 out of 18 times since the introduction of the Semi-finals in 2004. They finished last in their Semi-finals in 2019 and 2021.

About the author: Claire Schulte-Wieschen (Germany)

authorClaire is our correspondent in Germany. She watched her first Eurovision as an eight-year-old in 2002 and since then has also started to watch a lot of the national finals. She also wrote her Master thesis about Australian National Identity at Eurovision. It's hard to name just one favourite song, but she would go with Shum by Go_A from 2021.

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