Dublin singer-songwriter Janet Grogan's Ashes of Yesterday has been revealed as the third song in the race to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
The song made its debut on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 on Tuesday morning, following the tracks I'm Loving Me, performed by Rachel Goode, and Real Love, performed by Brendan Murray, which were unveiled on Monday.
Artist: Janet Grogan
Song: Ashes of Yesterday
Composers: Aidan O Connor, John Emil, Sandra Wikström
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Singer Janet studied popular music in BCFE which also earned her a scholarship to Germany's prestigious Pop Music University in Mannheim, Germany. Whilst in Germany, Janet experienced her first commercial success as a songwriter with Xavier Naidoo's chart-topping single Alles Kann Besser Werden. This led to Janet featuring on the song and joining Naidoo for his 25 date arena tour around Germany, Switzerland & Austria, boasting crowds of 10,000 a night.
This is not Janet’s first experience with Eurovision as she accompanied Nicky Byrne in 2016 and Ryan O’ Shaughnessy in 2018 as a backing vocalist. Janet was a contestant on The X-Factor in 2016, making it to Sharon Osbourne’s house with amazing compliments from Sharon’s guest Robbie Williams likening Janet to Adele.
Most recently, Janet was on RTÉ’s Last Singer Standing, and was the longest-running contestant on the show, making it to the final. It has been a lifelong dream for Janet to represent Ireland in Eurovision. Her earliest memory is watching Niamh Kavanagh storm the stage in 1993 which inspired the 5-year-old to sing herself and dream that one day she could be there, too.
Janet says: "Ashes of Yesterday is all about rebuilding yourself up after disappointment, to not let self-doubt or others bring you down. The message is so powerful and encouraging, especially after the tough few years everyone has had. I want to uplift people and if I can do it while representing Ireland, that would be a dream come true."
A total of six songs were selected from hundreds of entries received by RTÉ following a callout for submissions last September.
The artists will perform the selected songs on a special Late Late Show on February 4, where the winner will be chosen by a combination of national jury, international jury and public vote and go on to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy, in May.