A Minute With: Singer Brooke on Ireland’s Eurovision Representation

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LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) – Singer Brooke Scullion will carry the flag for seven-time winner Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place this year in the Italian city of Turin.

The 23-year-old, who plays Brooke, is participating with her own song “That’s Rich,” and is expected to make the second semi-final next Thursday to qualify for the May 14 final.

In an interview with Reuters from Turin, Scullion spoke about the hugely popular competition, competing alongside Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra and following in the footsteps of past Irish winners.

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Below are excerpts edited for length and clarity.

Q: How is it to be in Turin?

Scullion: “It’s a very proud moment for me, someone who hasn’t really sung in two years. I was working at a real estate agency back home and took a Wednesday off to write my music. So it’s like a dream come true for me.”

Q: How has the conflict in Ukraine affected the atmosphere?

Scullion: “You feel so special that they’re (Kalush Orchestra) here and they’re in the room and they’re able to play. Because if there’s one thing about Eurovision, ( that’s) the music transcends Everyone can just forget in that moment and connect with the music.And it gives everyone such momentum and buzz that they can compete.

Q: Ireland have done well in the past, winning three years in a row. What does it mean to you to represent Ireland?

Scullion: “I have a big banner to carry and a lot of people hoping to go home and I really hope I can really do our country justice and hopefully qualify for the final.

It’s such a tough competition and I really feel like my song is different and I hope it takes Ireland to a new way of competing because in the last few years we really haven’t been to the height of our reputation and our name.”

Q: Who would you like to dedicate your performance to?

Scullion: “My two grannies are my two biggest supporters… They’re actually coming to Turin… COVID has made everyone nervous, and for them to be able to get on a plane and come and support me is as if the most special moment of my life.”

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Reporting by Hanna Rantala; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian Editing by Gareth Jones

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