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Meet Brooke, Ireland representative in Eurovision 2022

This year Ireland has chosen Brooke as its representative on Eurovision 2022 that will take place in Turin next May with the song “That’s Rich”. But who is Brooke? In this article you will have the opportunity to know more about Ireland’s singer for Eurovision 2022.

About Brooke

Brooke Scullion, known artistically as Brooke, is a 23-year-old singer who was born on 31 March 1999 in the village of Bellaghy, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. During her time at school, she was constantly involved in performing arts workshops, participating in local singing competitions and performing in musicals during high school. At the age of twelve she took part in her first professional competition, the “Rising Stars Award”, becoming the winner.

The young girl grew up in a family of athletes and has been a professional camogie player. Since her music career began to take off professionally, Brooke has been away from the fields.

In early 2019, the performer was finishing her drama degree at the University of Ulster when auditions for the ninth season of The Voice UK came around. Unbeknownst to Brooke, a friend of hers sent in an application for the competition. Her version of Lewis Capaldi’s “Bruises” opened the door to the world’s most famous music talent show, where she came third.

Before competing in The Voice, she worked as an animal keeper in a micro-zoo despite the fact that she is allergic to some of the animals’ fur. The artist has confessed that the American bands Blondie and The Gossip have been the main influences on her song, “That’s Rich”.

“That’s Rich” is written in English by Brooke herself and British songwriters and producers Izzy Warner and Karl Zine. Brooke has confessed in several interviews that her song was intended to be featured in the film “Eurovision: The Fire Saga”. In it, the songwriting team tried to mix the flavour of 80s music with touches of today’s music. The song spent the whole pandemic in a drawer and when they heard that Ireland would once again choose its representative through a national public final, they saw the time to give it as much exposure as possible, entered the contest and won.

Lyrics

Take your mirror off the wall
Ain’t you getting bored of your reflection?
I’m tired of dodging all your calls
You wanna be the centre of attention

I’m getting sick of ya now
Stop sending flowers
I’ll just burn them all
And you’ll cry for hours
Always putting me down
Well, I’ve got news for you
You say I’m using you now
Hey, stupid

That’s rich
When it’s coming from you
And that’s rich
Well, I’ve got nothing to prove
That’s rich
You think I dressed up for you
And that’s rich (Hah)
Bye, bye, fool (Ow)
[Post-Chorus]
Bye, bye, fool (Ow)
Bye, bye, fool

Used to think I need your help
To feel good, turns out I do it better
Think maybe you should please yourself
Because I’m over you, I’ll see you never

I’m getting sick of ya now (So sick)
Stop sending flowers
I’ll just burn them all
And you’ll cry for hours
Always putting me down
Well, I’ve got news for you
You say I use you now
Hey, stupid

That’s rich
When it’s coming from you
And that’s rich
Well, I’ve got nothing to prove
That’s rich
You think I dressed up for you
And that’s rich
Bye, bye, fool (Ow)
[Post-Chorus]
Bye, bye, fool (Ow)
Bye, bye, fool

I think it’s funny how you miss me when you never knew me
You were a lazy lover, I moved on to ones that move me
Loser, lose your attitude, I’m doing good, that’s on me
All glowed up, yeah, that’s on me
You see me, now you want me?
(Now you want me? You want me?)
‘Cause I don’t need a lazy lover
(Now you want me? You want me?)
No, I don’t wanna meet your mother
(Now you want me? You want me?)
Don’t cry I’m sure you’ll meet another
And you’ll tell her you love her

Well, that’s rich
When it’s coming from you
And that’s rich
Oh, I know all of your moves
That’s rich
You think I’ve dressed up for you
And that’s rich
Bye, bye, fool (Ow)
[Post-Chorus]
Bye, bye, fool (Ow)
Bye, bye, fool (Ow)
Bye, bye, fool
Bye, bye, fool
Bye, bye, fool

Ireland in Eurovision

Ireland first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965. The country famously won 4 out of 5 contests in the 1990s and became the first country to win 3 times in a row. Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest a record 7 times in total.

Ireland made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965, finishing sixth with the song Walking The Streets In The Rain which was performed by Butch Moore. Ireland got off to a strong start in the contest scoring its first victory in 1970 with Dana and All Kinds of Everything (#7 in our Irish Top 10). Dana later turned the song into a hit all over Europe and enjoyed a successful singing career in the 1970s before embarking on a career in politics.

Johnny Logan became Ireland’s second Eurovision winner with What’s Another Year? in 1980 before going on repeat this success in 1987 with Hold Me Now. Logan became the only singer to win the contest twice as a singer, a record he still holds.

The 1990s were Ireland’s golden era in the Eurovision Song Contest, where the country won the competition 4 times in 5 years, a record no country has come close to beating since.

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