The six acts who will battle it out to represent Ireland in Liverpool this May at the 67th Eurovision Song Contest have been revealed.
The six songs were selected from hundreds of entries received by RTÉ following a callout for submissions last year. All acts will compete on The Late Late Eurosong 2023 Special in February.
Song No.1: Too Good for Your Love
Too Good for Your Love was written by ADGY (Andrew Carr) as a piano ballad during lockdown and is a collaboration with producer Boksay. The two artists worked together remotely in creating the final version of this song, which is described as “an upbeat, high-tempo dance track”.
ADGY is a singer-songwriter from Co Donegal, whose music career took off in 2020 when he signed a record deal for his release Like You Do with Universal Music Group. Since then, ADGY has accumulated over 10 million streams globally across streaming platforms and radio.
He said: “I’ve been a songwriter for as long as I can remember, and I’ve written for lots of artists, as well as myself. But it’s my dream to perform live on stage in front of a large audience, and I hope to do more of that this year”.
Song No.2: Midnight Summer Night
Midnight Summer Night was written one night during the pandemic when Leitir Meailláin’s Jennifer Connolly was just 17 years old. Currently, in her 1st year of Creative Music Production at IADT / Sound Training College in Dublin, Jennifer says she has had a passion for music since she was a young child, and that this song plays with themes of nostalgia and the passing of time through her vocals.
“The song conveys confusion and overwhelming detachment, but overall the song implies that nothing bad lasts forever, delivering a sense of hope. To be in with a chance to share my song on such a legendary platform as Eurovision is amazing. It would be nothing less than a dream come true to bring Eurovision back home for Ireland once again.”
Song No.3: We Are One
Performers: Wild Youth
Wild Youth are a four-piece band from Dublin, who have a string of top hits in Ireland and have toured with names including Niall Horan, Lewis Capaldi, and Westlife. On top of their own sold-out tours of Ireland and the UK, Conor O’Donohoe from the band has also written a string of top hits for other artists and co-written with Moncrief and The Script.
We are One was written with Grammy-nominated songwriter Jörgen Elofsson.
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.”
Song No.4: Wild
Performer: Leila Jane
Leila Jane is an indie pop singer-songwriter based in Dublin who was described as ‘”one to watch’” by Late Date‘s Cathal Murray. Imelda May selected her to be the recipient of the ‘Imelda May Scholarship’ at BIMM Institute Dublin, where she graduated with a first-class honours music degree.
“All Eurovision songs need a strong message, and Wild is an empowering song about the strength of a woman’s spirit,” Leila Jane said.
“Wild represents my love of the creative freedom I have here in Ireland. It would be an absolute honour to show Eurovision what Ireland’s got!”
For the track, she teamed up with Liis Hainla, an Estonian songwriter, Finnish producer Arto Ruotsala, and British songwriter Aaron Sibley.
Song No.5: Down in the Rain
Performers: K Muni & ND (Kofi Appiah and Nevlonne Dampare)
Down in the Rain by Longford duo K Muni & ND is described by the artists as a testament to their determination. The song chronicles a difficult period in their careers when their music wasn’t getting the attention they believed it deserved.
Down in the Rain, encourages listeners to never give up on their aspirations no matter how tough the road may seem.
“It would mean the world to us to represent Ireland,” the duo said. “We remember watching Eurovision as kids with our families, so to think we could have the people of Ireland, our people, tuned in to cheer us and our country on is incredible.”
Song No.6: Hawaii
Performers: Public Image Limited
Public Image Limited celebrated their 40 Anniversary in 2018 and are fronted by former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten.
Hawaii is a love letter to John Lydon’s wife of nearly five decades, Nora, who is living with Alzheimer’s.
Described as “a pensive, personal yet universal love song that will resonate with many”, the song sees John reflecting on one of their happiest moments together in Hawaii.
According to the band, the emotional ballad is as close as John – whose mother was from Co Cork and father came from Galway – will ever come to baring his soul.
“It is dedicated to everyone going through tough times on the journey of life, with the person they care for the most,” John says. “It’s also a message of hope that ultimately love conquers all.”
Michael Kealy, RTÉ Eurovision Head of Delegation, said: “I am really impressed by the quality and standard of the six acts we have in our Eurosong final this year.
“The Eurovision Song Contest is a global phenomenon, and the competition is getting harder every year, but whichever of our six finalists gets to represent Ireland in Liverpool in May, I’ve no doubt they will represent us brilliantly, winning new fans all over the world.”
The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place in the Liverpool Arena next to the River Mersey, on behalf of Ukraine, on Saturday, 13 May.