#IRELAND: Sarah McTernan to perform ’22’ in Tel Aviv

Sarah McTernan Photographer: Lili Forberg
IRELAND: Sarah McTernan to perform ’22’ in Tel Aviv

RTÉ has revealed the act, and song and video that will represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The song entitled “22” will be performed by Sarah McTernan and was written by Janieck, Marcia “Misha” Sondeijker and Roulsen.



Speaking about being selected to represent Ireland, Sarah said,

“It’s like an early birthday present! My 25th birthday is next Monday and if you’d told me last year that I’d be chosen to represent my country at Eurovision, performing the song for the first time on Dancing with the Stars this Sunday, and then flying to Tel Aviv on my birthday to record a postcard, I would have told you – you were crazy! My Mom, Nana, family and friends are super excited for me – they’re shocked and very proud. I can’t wait to teach my biggest fan – my 2 ½ year old daughter Mia- all the lyrics to “22”!”

Sarah McTernan was born on 11 March 1994 in Scariff, County Clare. She came third in the fourth series of The Voice of Ireland in April 2015. At her blind audition she sang Who You Are, and all four judges turned their chairs. Her coach and mentor was Rachel Stevens of S Club 7 fame. In the first live show, Sarah sang What I Did For Love by David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande.

Sarah is an only child and has a 2 ½ year old daughter Mia who also loves to sing. After graduating from secondary school in 2011, Sarah took a pre-nursing course in Ennis, County Clare. She then went on to study Music Technology at Limerick Institute of Technology after which she took a break from education and worked as a retail employee in Penneys.

In November 2014, after getting through the blind auditions on The Voice of Ireland, without ever doing any gigs, Sarah set up her own  band called “The Jeds”. The band performs at weddings and gig around Clare and Munster. Sarah plays traditional violin, guitar, ukulele, piano and tin whistle.

Sarah also worked as a makeup artist with the Charlotte Tilbury cosmetics brand in Brown Thomas Limerick before her daughter was born.

The song will receive its first airplay at 9am on Friday morning on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1. Sarah will be interviewed on The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene on 2FM at 12:30pm on Friday, and by Ray D’Arcy on RTÉ Radio 1 at 3pm. Sarah will perform the song for the first time on Dancing with the Stars on RTÉ One on Sunday 10 March as part of a special Eurovision Song Contest themed programme, which will also feature a performance from Eurovision legend Johnny Logan.

You can find the video HERE.

Author: John Stanton, RTÉ

Source: Eurovision Ireland, RTÉ

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