RTÉ is pleased to announce that Ireland will be taking part in The 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal in May 2018. The ESC is the world's biggest 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 Ukraine in Kyiv was watched by more than 180 Million viewers worldwide. The ESC is highly competitive and as such the competition attracts top music professionals from around the world, 42 countries competed in the competition in 2017
RTÉ continually reviews its selection process in an effort to succeed in this increasingly competitive event. 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 which will take place in Lisbon, Portugal next May.
All songs received will be considered by a number of expert music industry panels to be appointed by RTÉ.
Songs submitted must strictly comply with the rules of Eurovision and RTÉ reserves the right to arrange, produce or otherwise alter any song selected for entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
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 2017.
It is important to note that any entries submitted through this process will be considered alongside other compositions and performers which RTÉ may commission or secure independently of this process and 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. RTÉ also reserves the right to match any song selected with a different artist to the one submitted with the entry.
If you would like to submit an entry, it must adhere to the EBU 2018 competition rules, a full list of rules is published on the official Eurovision website at: www.eurovision.tv
Entries will ONLY be accepted by email as an MP3 (192kbps) file or Soundcloud link.
No entries will be accepted on CD, cassette or any other format.
Email entries to Eurovision2018@rte.ie
The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Monday 6th of November 2017.