Review: Sarah McTernan- ’22’ (Ireland)

Artist: Sarah McTernan

Song: 22

Country: Ireland

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆

Ranking: 8th

Betting Odds: 251/1

Ireland came quite late to the game in 2019. They were one of the last nations to announce their acts for Eurovision when they chose Voice of Ireland singer Sarah McTernan as their choice for the Contest. She will sing the song ’22’. Find out our thoughts on the song.

Ireland has been unfairly looked upon unfavourably at Eurovision 2019. Sarah has a great voice, an endearing personality and ’22’ is a real grower of a song.

It is a mid-tempo ballad which opens with electronic strings and sees Sarah reminisce about the time she fell in love for the first time and how this love cannot compare to anyone she has meet since. Her preoccupation with her former love who she met at house number 22, stops her moving on. The chorus has a catchy little hook and there are real moments of tenderness that are beautiful.

The video has Sarah walking up and down the strand, battling the strong winds, singing into the camera lens with an old timey filter.

The only issue I have with the song is the staging. On stage Sarah is joined by two backing dancers in a ’50s style diner set with the back drop of some pop art imagery. There is a major disconnect between the staging and the song and I feel it just doesn’t gel well.

Sarah is unfortunate as she has been placed in the more difficult of the two semi finals. Not only does semi final 2 have more competitors, but the calibre of contenders is significantly higher. Add to this the fact she will perform in the second slot makes it even less likely that it will advance to the final and add to that again that she is a female singing a ballad sandwiched between two other female singers doing a ballad. I’m going to light all the candles and say all the novenas, this song deserves to be in the final.

Find out more about the singer with our 10 Things About…Sarah McTernan! The lyrics to ’22’ can be found here and you can listen to the song below!

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