Sarah McTernan will represent Ireland at Eurovision 2019. Find out more about the singer with our feature 10 Things About…Sarah McTernan!
1. Sarah McTernan was born 11 March 1994 and is an Irish singer-songwriter from Scarriff, County Clare. Sarah is an only child.
2. After graduating in 2011, she took a pre-nursing course in Ennis, County Clare. She then went on to study music technology at Limerick Institute of Technology for several months. She always said ‘My career will either be to help people or music’. In September 2014, Sarah enrolled in University of Limerick to study Voice and Dance, but had to defer until September 2015.
3. Sarah took a break from education in 2015 and continued to work as a retail employee in Penney’s (Primark).
4. She plays guitar, piano and tin whistle.
5. Sarah set up the band the JEDS in November 2014, after getting through the blind auditions on The Voice of Ireland. The four piece band was made up of guitarist Dwayne Mann, drummer John Moroney, bassist Declan Larkin and Sarah on vocals.
6. Sarah first gained prominence as a contestant on the fourth series of RTE talent search show The Voice of Ireland. Her blind audition saw her take on Jessie J’s ‘Who You Are’. All four judges turned for her and she joined Rachel Stevens’ team. Sarah made it all the way to the final and came in third place, behind Emma Humber and the show’s winner Patrick James.
7. In 2018 Sarah entered the song ‘Eye of the Storm’ for 1in360, the San Marinese online selection for Eurovision that year. The song did not make the top 22 songs for the live shows. She had also initially submitted it for the Irish selection but it wasn’t chosen.
8. Sarah has received calls from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) to boycott this year’s Contest due to it being hosted by Israel. of attempting to bully singer Sarah McTernan into not representing Ireland in the Eurovision. Former Irish Justice Minister Alan Shatter has accused the group of harassing Sarah saying “This is a very talented woman who is being chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision. She deserves our support, she is completely apolitical. If any other young woman was picked out on social media to be intimidated and harassed, people would be up in arms. These people have lost all sense of proportion and moral values. I think it is appalling that people think it is alright to intimidate and harass her and try to force her not to go to Tel Aviv.”
9. The video for Sarah’s song is directed by Christian Tierney, the man behind Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s 2018 video for ‘Together’ which won the Best Video award at the Eurovision NI Awards 2018.
10. Sarah will sing the song ’22’ at Eurovision 2019. She beat out 430 entries. The Irish Head of Delegation Michael Kealy remarked, “Sarah has an amazing voice which stood out the minute I heard it and she fits perfectly with our chosen song ’22’.”