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Who Is Brooke Scullion? All You Need To Know About Ireland’s 2022 Artist ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Could Brooke Return Ireland To The Final?

It has been a dire decade for the Emerald Isle in the Eurovision Song Contest, qualifying for the grand final just once in the past 5 years. Are tides turning this year? All eyes are on Bellaghy native and former The Voice UK finalist Brooke Scullion, with many believing that she is the best shot for Ireland making an impact on the contest in several years.

Back in February, Brooke won the right to represent Ireland on the Late Late Show’s Eurovision Special “Eurosong 2022” with her unapologetically pop offering “That’s Rich” – no thanks to the studio panel it should be said…

Find out more on Brooke and her track “That’s Rich” below.

Who Is Brooke Scullion?

Brooke was born in Bellaghy, a village in County Derry in the North of Ireland on March 31st 1999. Up until her Eurosong victory, Brooke had been working as a local estate agent. Music has been a long-standing passion for Brooke, competing in many local productions and talent shows in her school days.

Life changed for Brooke in late 2019, when she auditioned for the 2020 edition of “The Voice UK” performing the Lewis Capaldi track “Bruises” for her audition, she managed to get all 4 coaches to turn around for her, eventually picking Meghan Trainor as her mentor for the duration of the show. Brooke eventually finished third in the competition, and despite not winning she proved herself to be an extremely confident live performer.

Photo by ITV/Matt Frost/REX/Shutterstock – Brooke Scullion. The Voice UK

In 2020, Brooke released her debut single “Attention” the track received significant airplay by Cool FM, Northern Ireland’s largest commercial radio station. She was named “One To Watch” by BBC Introducing, a platform to discover and mentor up and coming artists, the same body that discovered the UK’s 2014 artist Molly Smitten-Downes.

Attention – The Debut Single by Brooke Scullion released in 2020.

Eurosong 2022

Brooke was heavily rumoured to be one of the six finalists before the announcement of her participation had even been made, “That’s Rich” was written by Brooke herself, Izzy Warner and Karl Zine. Brooke performed last on the night and was hailed as the surefire winner by most fans watching on the night.

The controversy on the night came from the studio panel consisting of Blathnaid Treacy, Paul Harrington, Caroline Corr and Lucia Evans. The studio panel placed “That’s Rich” fifth out of six entries on the night, awarding it just four points. Luckily for Brooke, the international jury and the televote awarded her maximum points which were enough to top the cheap-looking and hastily designed scoreboard. That’s Rich, but RTร‰’s Eurovision budget certainly is not…

How Well Will “That’s Rich” Do at Eurovision?

Is it going to win the Eurovision Song Contest? No. Is it going to place in the top 10? Perhaps not. But the main goal for Irish fans, and likely the delegation is to again qualify for the Grand Final. In a year lacking polished female pop numbers, ‘That’s Rich’ may indeed stand out, and some believe that its draw in the second semi-final may be of benefit to Brooke.

Ireland will perform before the low-key “Circles” by Andrea from North Macedonia and follows the likes of San Marino, Australia and Cyprus. The instant pink-pop vibe from Ireland could really stand out in this section of songs, and the added bonus of the UK voting in this semi-final (which will include voters in the North of Ireland) could definitely be a big advantage to Brooke.

Listen to Ireland’s 2022 entry “That’s Rich” below!

This could be a big surprise once rehearsals kick-off in Turin, an elevated stage show has been promised. Personally, I believe that a potential top 15 finish shouldn’t be completely written off here.

How do you see this faring in the contest? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

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