RTÉ is pleased to announce that Ireland will be taking part in The 64rd Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Tel Aviv, Israel in May 2019.

The ESC is the world’s biggest live music show and consistently one of the most popular annual television events both in Ireland and across the globe. This year's Eurovision, hosted by Portugal in Lisbon reached nearly 200 Million viewers worldwide. The ESC is highly competitive and as such the competition attracts top music professionals from around the world, 43 countries competed in the competition in 2018.

RTÉ would now like to invite accomplished songwriters and performers, preferably with a proven track record of success in the music industry to submit a song to be considered to represent Ireland in the competition.

All songs received will be considered by a number of panels including expert music industry panels but RTÉ reserves the absolute right to approach established acts and songwriters and to select a song and/or a performer(s) at its sole discretion from outside this process.

Songs submitted must strictly comply with the rules of Eurovision Song Contest and RTÉ reserves the right to arrange, produce or otherwise alter any song selected for entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

Songwriters/composers may only submit one song (including co-writes) for consideration. If more than one song per composer is submitted only the first song received will be considered. 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 2018.

It is important to note that any entries submitted through this process will be considered alongside other compositions which RTÉ may commission or secure independently of this process. RTÉ will have the final say on which song and artist will be Ireland’s 2019 entry.

If you would like to submit an entry, it must adhere to the EBU 2019 competition rules, a full list of rules is published on the official Eurovision website at: www.eurovision.tv

The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Friday 23rd of November 2018. 

The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Tel Aviv in Israel next May. 

Entries will ONLY be accepted by email as an MP3 (192kbps) file. 

No entries will be accepted on CD, cassette, DAT, minidisc or any other format.

Email entries to Eurovision2019@rte.ie