Derry’s Eurovision hopeful Brooke Scullion flies to the contest in Turin

Pictured at Dublin Airport before departing for the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy, is Brooke Scullion from Derry, representing Ireland in this year’s contest. Brooke will perform That’s Rich in the second semi-final of the competition on May 12 from 8 p.m. on RTÉ 2. The final will air on May 14 from 8 p.m. on RTÉ One. Photo Andrés Poveda

Brooke, from Bellaghy, will take the Eurovision stage to perform her self-penned song ‘That’s Rich’, which was chosen by the public as Ireland’s entry on a special episode of The Late Late Show.

The former Magee student will compete in the contest’s second semi-final on Thursday, May 12, and hopes to qualify for the final itself, which will take place on Saturday, May 14 in front of an estimated 180 million people worldwide.

Speaking to the Journal recently, Brooke – who had already reached the final of The Voice UK – described the opportunity to represent Ireland as “so exciting” and told how the song came about.

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“I came out of Voice UK as a finalist and it was the peak of the pandemic. I thought, ‘What do I do now?’ There were no live concerts, so I threw myself into writing sessions on Zoom. This song. “C’est riche” is the first one I wrote. I wrote it with Izzy Warner and it was produced by Karl Zine. I said I really wanted to do an 80s song, like a timeless classic that you could listen to anytime and that would sound current. I loved it and only wrote it for myself. There was no pressure on me. »

Derry has a special place in the heart of the competition and Brooke said previous winner Dana was in touch and helping guide her.

You can watch the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player on Tuesday May 18 and Thursday May 20 at 8 p.m. The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Saturday May 22 at 8 p.m. You can watch it on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.

Pictured at Dublin Airport before departing for the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy, is Brooke Scullion from Derry, representing Ireland in this year’s contest with dancers Amy Whearity, Amy Ford , Sophie Kavanagh and Lizzy Benham. Brooke will perform That’s Rich in the second semi-final of the competition on May 12 from 8 p.m. on RTÉ 2. The final will air on May 14 from 8 p.m. on RTÉ One. Photo Andrés Poveda

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