RTÉ is pleased to announce that Ireland will once again be taking part in The Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine in May 2016. The ESC is the largest Entertainment Show in the world and consistently one of the most popular annual television events both in Ireland and across Europe. This year's Eurovision, hosted by Sweden in Stockholm reached a total of 204 Million viewers.
As usual Ireland will be drawn in one of the two semi-finals which will take place on the 9th and 11th of May. Qualifying acts from each semi-final will then compete in the Grand Final on Saturday the 13th of May.
This year RTÉ has selected Brendan Murray as the singer who will represent Ireland in Kyiv. From Tuam in Co. Galway Brendan has been a member of the successful boy band "Hometown" since he was 17. Hometown's first single "Where I Belong" became the fastest-selling single from a debut act and the fastest-selling single from an Irish artist in 2014, reaching number one in the Irish charts.
The band's second single, "Cry For Help" was released in March 2015 in Ireland and also reached number one. Hometown have toured extensively in the UK and Ireland and have supported such acts as Olly Murs, McBusted and The Vamps.
RTÉ is now inviting interested parties to submit a song for consideration by Louis Walsh in conjunction with a judging panel to be selected by RTÉ. Louis Walsh and the judging panel will consider all songs but will not limit themselves to considering songs solely submitted through this process.
Songs must be no longer than 3 minutes in duration. Compositions submitted for consideration (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released and/or publicly performed including online video platforms or social networks, in full or in part, before the 1st September 2016.
The closing date for entries will be at 5pm on Monday, the 16th of January, 2017. Entries should be submitted to Eurovision Song Contest 2017, RTÉ Entertainment, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
It is a condition of entry that song entries and their songwriter(s) and performer(s) must at all times comply with the rules listed below and also with the ESC 2017 rules published by the EBU (which are available at the following website:
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and all songwriter(s) that enter are deemed to have read and agreed to accept and abide by the rules. In the event of any failure to comply with the rules listed below and/or the ESC 2017 Rules the relevant entry (and songwriter) may be disqualified by RTÉ and/or the EBU.
All song entries must be submitted on CD or on USB key as an MP3 or WAV file. Files submitted by email will not be accepted or considered, neither will entries which consist of a link to any YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Spotify or other similar website.
Please send entries to
Eurovision 2017, RTÉ, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
To arrive no later than 5pm on Monday, the 16th of January, 2017
The Rules for submitting an Entry to RTÉ for Eurovision 2017
- All song entries must be submitted on CD or on USB key as an MP3 or WAV file. Files submitted by email will not be accepted or considered, neither will entries which consist of a link to any YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, Bandcamp or similar website. All entries must be accompanied by six written copies of the song lyrics.
- Songs cannot exceed 3 minutes in duration.
- The song (lyrics and music) must be original to, and written solely by, the songwriter(s) named in the entry.
- Each composer can only enter a maximum of one song (including co-writes).
- The song (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released and/or publicly performed including online video platforms or social networks, in full or in part, before the 1st September 2016.
- The lyrics of a submitted song must not bring RTÉ or the Eurovision Song Contest into disrepute and no lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature are permitted nor will swearing or other unacceptable language be allowed in the lyrics of songs. In addition, no commercial messages of any kind shall be allowed in the lyrics of the songs.
- Each songwriter must be a citizen of Ireland or alternatively have such citizenship and/or valid visas as shall allow that person (if required by RTÉ) to travel to and attend the ESC 2017 in Ukraine. In the event of any issue regarding compliance of any songwriter with this requirement the decision of RTE shall be final.
- Songwriters may not approach members of the selection panel about entries or discuss entries with the selection panel unless invited to do so by RTÉ
- In consideration of the opportunity to enter the competition each songwriter agrees to grant (and to procure where necessary from any relevant music publisher and/or record company) all necessary rights, consents and waivers that will be required by the EBU under the ESC 2017 Rules including without limitation the following rights as they are defined in the ESC 2017 Rules: Broadcasting Rights, Public Performance Rights, Preview Rights, CD, DVD Compilations and Digital Releases Rights; Extract Rights; National Selection Extract Rights; Karaoke Rights and other Authorizations as set out in the full version of the ESC2017 rules) including without limitation authorization to reproduce, translate and use lyrics for informational and promotional use; authorization to use, reproduce, print and publish their name, likeness, voice, photographs and biography in connection with the promotion, broadcast, and/or commercial exploitation of the ESC 2017 programmes by any and all means and in all media, whether now known or hereafter developed, for an unlimited period of time.
- Each songwriter agrees to be available for promotional activities as may be required by RTÉ and the ESC and that their performances, recordings, name, likeness, photograph, and biographical information may be used in connection with ESC 2017 and in any advertising and publicity relating to such events.
- Any current employee of RTÉ or any person who is currently contracted to RTÉ under a contract for services that is of a duration of 6 months or more, and their immediate family members (i.e. husband, wife, civil partner, current partner, child, mother, father, brother, sister) are excluded from entering as a composer and/or performer.
- RTÉ's decision on all matters regarding the interpretation and application of the rules of the competition will be final. These rules are governed by Irish law and the submitter(s), songwriter(s) of each entry each agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Ireland.
- Entries must arrive in RTÉ no later than 5pm on January 16th 2017