Ireland‘s Brooke has failed to qualify for the 2022 Eurovision final, in another
disappointing year for a country with a rich heritage at the song contest. Their
entrant Brooke Scullion, performing the song That’s Rich under the name Brooke, said: “It didn’t go
our way, but we are so, so happy with what we did
Ireland went out of the competition during the second semi-final along with Georgia,
Cyprus, Israel, Malta, San Marino, North Macedonia and Montenegro. Albania, Latvia,
Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark and Austria failed to qualify during the first
semi-final on Wednesday.
Ireland dominated Eurovision in the 1990s, with four wins in five years and another
two second-place finishes. They also won in 1970, and Irishman Johnny Logan
remains the only artist to have won Eurovision twice, in 1980 and 1987.
But since coming last in 2013, Ireland has only qualified for the final once since,
with Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s Together placing 16th in 2018.
The UK qualifies for the Eurovision final automatically each year, as part of the “big
five” – along with France, Spain, Italy and Germany – who all make the largest
financial contribution to the show’s producer, European Broadcasting Union.
British entries have also performed poorly in recent years, with the lack of success
blamed variously on poor songwriting, low-budget stage productions and antipathy
towards the UK after Brexit. The UK has come in last place for the two most recent
contests – earning the ignominious nul points in 2021 – and hasn’t managed a top 10
finish since Jade Ewen in 2009.
But hopes are high for this year’s UK entry, Sam Ryder, the country’s most popular
musician on TikTok whose song Space Man is co-written by Ed Sheeran collaborator
Amy Wadge. He is the bookies’ second favourite to win after Ukraine.