Sarah McTernan

EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Sarah McTernan

What next for this year’s Eurovision entrants?

Ireland: Sarah McTernan

by Christopher Smith

Ireland ruled Eurovision in the 1990’s with FOUR wins and two further second places, but since the sawn of the twenty first century, things have been a little bit harder for the country, with two last place finishes and failing to qualify six times in the past eleven years! Ireland finished sixteenth in 2018 with Ryan O’Shaughnessy performing “Together”, so after four years of not reaching the grand final, the country was looking to secure its presence with 25th year old singer Sarah McTernan this year with her song “22”. But for the fifth time in six year, Ireland was denied a grand final place when “22” did not pick up enough points to go through from its group semi final.

Sarah made her name when she auditioned for the 2015 series of The Voice in Ireland and reached the live shows but was eliminated on the first show. Sarah returned to studying soon after and after graduating from the University of Limerick, she auditioned to represent Ireland at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Eye Of The Storm” but was not selected in favour of Ryan O’Shaughnessy. Twelve months later, the Irish jury hadn’t forgotten her and she was invited to perform for her country at the 2019 Contest. “22” is written by Dutch songwriter Janieck van de Polder together with Marcia Sondeijker and Roel Rats. Sarah has returned to being a mother to her daughter Mia but I am sure it won’t be too long before we see or hear Sarah again!

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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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