Sarah McTernan

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2019: IRELAND – ’22’ by Sarah McTernan

Eurovision 2019 – Ireland

by Christopher Smith

The Irish song is called “22 and is performed by Sarah McTernan.

ARTIST:

Sarah McTernan is an Irish singer-songwriter from Scarriff, County Clare.

In November 2014, after getting through the blind auditions on The Voice of Ireland without ever doing any gigs, Sarah set up a band to gain experience with performing. The four piece band was made up of guitarist Dwayne Mann, drummer John Moroney, bassist Declan Larkin and Sarah on vocals.

McTernan entered The Voice of Ireland in 2015, singing “Who You Are”, for which all four judges turned their chairs. She then chose to go on S Club 7 star, Rachel Stevens’ team. Sarah’s audition video remains the highest viewed video of the series with 90,100 plus hits. In the first live show, Sarah sang “What I Did For Love” by David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande. Sarah came third.

In 2018, McTernan submitted the song “Eye of the Storm” to be part of an online vote to represent San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest. On 8th March 2019, McTernan was announced by RTÉ as the Irish representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. She will perform the song “22” in the second semi final.

VIDEO:

LIVE PERFORMANCE:

OPINION:

This is a sweet mid-tempo pop number with reflective lyrics and Sarah’s emotionally charged vocals. It’s stylish, but it remains on one level and never really ‘takes off’ like you feel it wants to.

PREDICTION:

I don’t think it has the strength to make a big impact. Bottom ten placing but hopefully not last.

LYRICS:

“I see 22, oh, and I think of you
Lately that’s all I do
Don’t you know that I I’m always driving back
Wanna come home to you

Oh, I know I’ve always been afraid to say
How I feel, but that’s got to change

Every time I’m with somebody I’m confusing them with you
Anywhere I go reminds me of the things we used to do
And I dream about the street where we kissed out of the blue
It’s your house, number 22
Baby, where are you
Number 22

I see 22, oh, it’s like déjà vu
Boy, if you only knew
This time I messed it up, but I can’t give you up
Your face is all I got

Yeah, I know I’ve always been afraid to say
How I feel, but that’s got to change

Every time I’m with somebody I’m confusing them with you
Anywhere I go reminds me of the things we used to do
And I dream about the street where we kissed out of the blue
It’s your house, number 22
Number 22, yeah
Baby, where are you
Number 22

All alone tonight
Wishing you were laying by my side
So I just keep on driving back
To pass the time

Any time I’m with somebody versuri.online
And I dream about the street where we kissed out of the blue
It’s your house, number 22
(Every time I’m with somebody I’m confusing them with you)
Everybody, no, no, no
(Anywhere I go reminds me of the things we used to do)
I remember you
Number 22
Number 22″

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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