Why won’t Ireland qualify for the Grand Final of the ESC2023? Stay with me to the very end of this article and watch the video to learn about five reasons for that.
Reason number 1:
The band’s name is Wild Youth. Maybe they are the Youth but Wild they do not seem to be performing their Eurovision song live. Probably because of the composition itself. Of course we all can have our own definition of ‘being wild’.
Reason number 2:
The two live performances available online don’t show the best staging, do they? Hopefully for Ireland, it will be improved in Liverpool, especially that the stage there will offer more opportunities.
Reason number 3:
Countries from which Ireland could expect a lot of votes, are not in the 1st semi-final or they vote in the second semi-final, for example, the United Kingdom.
Reason number 4:
The song doesn’t stand out from other songs in the 1st semi-final. It doesn’t seem to be catchy enough, does it? And this is only the public that votes in this year’s semi-finals.
Reason number 5:
The bookmakers, that are usually right, put the Irish song in the last (that is the 15th)place in the first semi-final and in the 25th position in the Grand Final if they surprisingly get there.
Of course I don’t want to be biased in my opinions and I see some positive things which I would like to mention as well and we’ll see if they outweigh the drawbacks:
First of all, the song’s title’s indicating the unity that seems to be coherent with this year’s Eurovision slogan “United by Music”.
What’s more, the Band’s members are young and seem to be friendly and nice at the same time that is usually attractive to the audience and evokes positive reactions.
Furthermore, sounds and music are similar to Coldplay’s or U2’s which may work to their advantage as the crowd is more likely to vote for the songs which seem to be heard somewhere before and “We Are One” gives that impression. And I have to admit that having listened to this song, yes, it does have this energy that can make you clap along to the music.
And yes, the vocals seem to be good ones when you listen to the song live.
I’m curious about the staging if this will be similar, the same or maybe different in Liverpool.
It’s worth pointing out that the song was chosen by a combination of the international and national jury as well as the public voting. Wild Youth came second in the international jury voting but won the public and national jury voting and thus they represent Ireland in the ESC2023.
All in all, I’d say that this is still a decent performance with good vocals.
Will Wild Youth’s being one lead them to victory? We’ll see if Wild Youth will get the best result for Ireland but to do that they would have to win the whole contest (as the best result for Ireland so far has been the 1st place in the Grand Final and they did it seven times. It was in: 1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996).
In the end, I can still say: Well done, Wild Youth! Congratulations, Ireland! Maybe my predictions will not come true and the song will qualify for the Grand Final but I don’t think so as this is only the public that votes in the semi-finals and the song is not catchy enough in comparison with other songs in the 1st semi-final.
Let me know what you think of this performance in the comments below.
Photo and video: YouTube