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Ireland: Sarah McTernan – 22

Sarah McTernan's song, 22, has just dropped before its official first play on Irish radio. News reaches us that this was a late selection hence the slightly rushed video. RTE are also working on a slightly different ending to the song to make it more Eurovision-y, so Ireland are still competing for one of the first half slots. This is a tall order; however, I would be more worried for Austria and potentially Denmark given how cold they leave you. A small revamp to this bubble-gum pop song might just do the trick. This weekend will see the first live performance…
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A small revamp to this bubble-gum pop song might just do the trick

User Rating: 3.04 ( 22 votes)

Sarah McTernan’s song, 22, has just dropped before its official first play on Irish radio.

News reaches us that this was a late selection hence the slightly rushed video. RTE are also working on a slightly different ending to the song to make it more Eurovision-y, so Ireland are still competing for one of the first half slots.

This is a tall order; however, I would be more worried for Austria and potentially Denmark given how cold they leave you. A small revamp to this bubble-gum pop song might just do the trick. This weekend will see the first live performance of 22 and that will tell us if Sarah is capable of selling this song beyond its assumed limits.

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16 comments

  1. That’s why we took so long, in such a weak year RTE has to set the bar extra low to find something that wouldn’t stand out and just blend in and congrats they did. Love to know how they think this will score at a song contest.

  2. When San Marino spend more on the song’s production it really shows the effort they put in. I always wonder when it comes to Irish entries with the exception of Ryan last year if the artists even like the songs they’re singing?

  3. Not a bad song, just seriously uncompetitive, especially in the first half of semi 2.

  4. Ouch!! This even makes the UK look like they tried. Another NQ looming. So bland and anonymous.

  5. In case Ireland qualifies and gets second half the producers should definitely put her 22th in the running order. Hehe.

  6. Oh dear. The first half of semi 2 is a demale allard snooze fest now. Switzerland and Sweden will easily beat them. Hoping Srbuk brings some difference to the first half.

  7. Ireland is just so frustrating. The whole production looks like it was done with a budget of five euro. The problem is until my country takes Eurovision seriously no self respecting artist will give it a go. It’s like the kiss of death. So now we are stuck with reality tv show and San Marino rejects Quite depressing.

  8. The song itself is not a bad radio track, although it feels under-produced. From the video I’ve also got some concerns about the live vocal.

    Unless Ireland can pull off a staging miracle like last year, I just don’t see where the votes for this are coming from.

  9. Hearing RTE are still working on it explains why it was uploaded to the Eurovision YouTube channel. I actually do think it’s an decent song, really not my cup of tea at all though, but feel it’s lacking abit of edge that is needed to grab the public. The big question mark over Ireland is can this grab enough public support as with a good live performance the juries should be onside. At the moment it is very borderline but that’s honestly more down to how week the field is rather than it being a great song.

  10. This song has a very good staging potential, and a good staging could elevate the points it will receive from both televoting and juries. Deserves better than 2 stars.

  11. Personally I think it’s a very nice soul entry with a light, spring breeze vibe to it. It’s indeed quite simple, but from what I vocally hear from Sarah McTernan on the studio version, it reminds me very much of Joss Stone. Then again, I kinda like these lighter songs with slightly more typical melody constructions. But don’t count it out please.

  12. Anyone else thinks this is a little gem?

  13. Some live performances I found from McTerna’s performances in Tthe Voice Of Ireland 2015. Vocally, I think she’s stunning, but her facial expressions do turn me off a bit. Just a little smile here and there might do the trick.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqp2y7IUtPQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4GtD_EsU3E

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3aSBtR5iik

    • I agree with that, vocally she isn’t like a Brendan/Kasey/Ryan.D, she’s pretty much ready in that department. What she needs to get right is like you say her facial expression’s among other things. I think afew months of work with camera work and attending preview parties should help a lot.

      For the first time probably ever Ireland have sent something different in a ESC line up, every other year it seemed we were competing with some other entry for points from the same pond and coming off second best, so what’s needed now is to get every little drop out of the package and for me it all starts with Sarah and making her appear both voteable and likeable.

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