All song entries must be submitted on CD and be accompanied by six written copies of the song lyrics, details of the proposed singer(s) (including written confirmation of their availability to sing/perform the song in accordance with these rules and the ESC 2010 rules should they be selected by the judging panel to perform the song on Eurosong 2010 and the ESC), and any suggestions for staging of the song. If it is proposed that there will be people on stage in addition to the singer e.g. dancers, this should be specified (it should be noted that RTE will have final approval over any such additional people). Submission of a video or DVD of a performance of the entry by the relevant singer/act showing proposed staging would be helpful but note that such DVD's will only be viewed by the jury if the song is one they wish to shortlist for potential inclusion as one of the five songs to be performed at Eurosong 2010. Note that performers will be required at both Eurosong 2010 and the ESC to perform live on stage, accompanied by a recorded backing-track which contains no vocals of any kind or any vocal imitations.
The song entry must be performed on a professionally recorded backing track which must be available to be used by the performer(s) on The Late Late Eurosong special should the performer(s) be selected to perform the song.
The judging panel reserves the right to engage in discussion with songwriters and/or performers regarding the structure of the song, the proposed singer and song combination and to select, in consultation with the songwriters, alternative performer(s) for song entries. 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 two songs (including co-writes). The song (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released and/or publicly performed, in full or in part, before the 1st October 2009.
The lyrics and/or performance of songs must not bring the Late Late Show Selection 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 or in the performances of songs. In addition, no commercial messages of any kind shall be allowed in the lyrics or in the performances of the songs.
Each songwriter and performer must be a citizen of Ireland or alternatively have such citizenship and/or valid visas as shall allow that person to travel to and attend (and in the case of the performer perform at) the Eurosong 2010 in Ireland and, if selected as the winning entry of Eurosong 2010, the ESC 2010 in Norway. In the event of any issue regarding compliance of any songwriter or performer with this requirement the decision of RTE shall be final.
Each performance may consist of a maximum of six people on stage.
All performers must be aged at least 16 on the day of the relevant Semi-Final of the ESC 2010.
Songwriters and performers may not approach members of the judging committee about entries or discuss entries with the judging panel unless invited to do so by the judging panel.
In consideration of the opportunity to enter the competition each songwriter and performer 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 2010 Rules including without limitation the following rights as they are defined in the ESC 2010 Rules: Broadcasting Rights, Public Performance Rights, Preview Rights, CD, DVD Compilations and Digital Releases Rights; Extract Rights; National Selection Extract Rights; Authorizations as set out in Section Six part 2) including without limitation authorization to reproduce, translate and use lyrics for informational and promotional use and for the karoake on-line competition; 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 2010 programmes by any and all means and in all media, whether now known or hereafter developed, for an unlimited period of time, and the agreement of the singer/performer to go on a promotion tour if they win the ESC 2010.
Each songwriter and performer 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 the Eurosong 2010 competition and the ESC 2010 and in any advertising and publicity relating to such events.
In the event that the performer selected to perform a song chosen as a finalist for Eurosong 2010 or as the entry to the ESC 2010 is unable to perform at Eurosong 2010 or the ESC 2010 due to illness or some other reason then RTÉ may in RTÉ's sole discretion select a replacement performer to perform the song or disqualify the song and replace it with a different entry.
RTÉ shall have the right at any time to disqualify any entry where that entry or any songwriter or any performer of that entry breaches any rule of this competition and/or any rules of the ESC 2010 and in the event of disqualification prior to Eurosong 2010 of any of the five finalist entries selected for Eurosong 2010 RTÉ shall have the right to replace the disqualified entry by another entry selected by the final judging committee and in the event of disqualification of the entry voted in Eurosong 2010 as the entry to ESC 2010 RTÉ shall have the right to replace that disqualified entry by the entry that got the next highest number of votes in Eurosong 2010 unless the disqualification is decided after the Meeting of the Heads of Delegation for ESC 2010 in which case under ESC 2010 Rules RTÉ may be prohibited from submitting a replacement entry. This rule 16 is without prejudice to the EBU's separate right to disqualify entries under the ESC 2010 Rules.
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, current partner, child, mother, father, brother, sister) are excluded from entering Eurosong 2010 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 songwriter(s) and performer(s) of each entry each agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Ireland.