Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Ireland’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was "Every Song Is a Cry for Love" by Brian Kennedy. He was selected to sing for the country internally by national broadcaster RTÉ.

Eurovision Song Contest 2006
Country Ireland
National selection
Selection processArtist: Internal Selection
Song: National Final
Selection date(s)17 February 2006
Selected entrantBrian Kennedy
Selected song"Every Song Is a Cry for Love"
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (9th, 79 points)
Final result10th, 93 points
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2005 2006 2007►

39-year-old Brian Edward Patrick Kennedy is an Irish singer-songwriter and author. He was born and grew up on the Falls Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He performed on the original Secret Garden version of the song You Raise Me Up and was performer in Riverdance on Broadway in New York City. He also wrote two novels titled, The Arrival of Feargal Flynn and Roman Song.

Before Eurovision

National final

Irish television viewers selected the entry he would sing during a special edition of The Late Late Show on 17 February. Kennedy's own composition, Every Song Is a Cry for Love was tipped as the winner by the jury members and the audience on the show and, in the end, was triumphant in the public vote. The song is a ballad in the traditional Irish style.

The selection of Kennedy's song provoked something of a controversy. Not only is it written by himself, but his entry arrived in after the initial closing date for potential songs. Prominent Irish journalists, such as John Waters of The Irish Times have also criticised the original judging process of the 200 or so songs which were reduced to three for the Late Late.

1"The Greatest Song of All"3
2"All Over the World"2
3"Every Song Is a Cry for Love"1

At Eurovision

Because Ireland failed to qualify in 2005 Brian was forced to compete in the Eurovision semi-final,Ireland performed 8th, following Belgium and preceding the Cyprus Ireland qualified to the final, placing 9th in the semi-final and scoring 79 points. In the final, he performed 21st following Croatia and preceding the Sweden. He finished ninth in the semifinal and tenth in the final, scoring 93 points, meaning that Ireland automatically qualified for the final in the 2007 contest.

His semifinal performance was the 1000th song performed in Eurovision history.

Points awarded by Ireland

Points awarded to Ireland

Points awarded to Ireland (Semi Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to Ireland (final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also

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