RTÉ has announced that it is inviting accomplished songwriters and performers, with a proven track record of success in the music industry, to submit a song to be considered to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest next May.

The Eurovision Song Contest is the largest entertainment show in the world and is consistently one of the most popular annual television events both in Ireland and across the world. 189 million people watched this year’s contest, held in Lisbon in Portugal.

“We were really proud of the Irish performance in Lisbon this year,” said Executive Producer and Head of Irish Delegation Michael Kealy.

“Months of work went into planning our Eurovision act, bringing together the various audio and visual elements, from song arrangement to choreography to lighting design.”

“The performance of “Together” by Ryan O’Shaughnessy and dancers Kevin O’Dywer and Alan McGrath received worldwide acclaim when performed on stage and created headlines around the world.”

It made it to the final but all the hype and buzz evaporated when the song came in only 16th.

That said it was the best result since Jedward came in eighth place in Dusseldorf with “Lipstick” in 2011.

“For the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 we want to produce a world-class act that will do Ireland proud on stage in Tel Aviv and in front of a worldwide audience of nearly 200 million people,” added Kealy.

“The Eurovision Song Contest is incredibly competitive so we need a top class song, with instant appeal and a highly experienced act who is used to performing live in front of large audiences.”

In August, RTÉ held their second Eurovision forum inviting music industry professionals and Eurovision fans to discuss current trends in the competition as well as hearing from international experts.

The closing date for submissions is 5 pm on Friday 23rd of November 2018.

The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Tel Aviv in Israel next May. There have been calls for Ireland to boycott the competition in protest at Israeli activities on the West Bank.

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