Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012

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Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Country Ireland
National selection
Selection processEurosong 2012
50% Jury
50% Televoting
Selection date(s)24 February 2012
Selected entrantJedward
Selected song"Waterline"
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (6th, 92 points)
Final result19th, 46 points
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2011 2012 2013►

Ireland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku. Ireland chose their entry for the contest on 24 February 2012, through the national selection programme Eurosong 2012, organised by the national broadcaster RTÉ. Pop duo Jedward won the competition, with their song "Waterline", making them the first act ever to represent Ireland two years in a row. In the final, Ireland scored 46 points and ranked 19th.


In November 2011, RTÉ confirmed that Ireland's song and performer will again be chosen by the Eurosong mentor process, first used in 2011.[1] RTÉ also announced the five mentors who would work with contestants in Eurosong 2012: agent and choreographer Julian Benson; music producer, songwriter and The Brilliant Things member Greg French; producer and former Popstars and You're a Star judge Bill Hughes; singer and songwriter Edele Lynch; and Eurovision winner Linda Martin.[2]

The mentors were each tasked with selecting a song and an act to perform it, with the five entries announced by RTÉ on 8 February 2012. The five songs were debuted on the RTÉ Radio 1 programme Mooney on 9 February.[3] The five songs were performed live on The Late Late Show Eurosong 2012 on 24 February, where "Waterline" was decided the winner by a combination of public vote and regional jury vote.[4]


Both Jedward and Donna McCaul had previously represented Ireland at Eurovision. Jedward at Eurovision 2011 with the song "Lipstick" and Donna at Eurovision 2005 as part of pop duo Donna and Joe with the song "Love?"[5][6]

Mentor Act Song Writer/s
Linda Martin Jedward "Waterline" Nick Jarl, Sharon Vaughn
Edele Lynch Celtic Aura & Maria McCool "Mistaken" Edele Lynch
Greg French Andrew Mann "Here I Am" Greg French
Julian Benson Una Gibney & David Shannon "Language of Love" Éanán Patterson, Julian Benson
Bill Hughes Donna McCaul "Mercy" Mårten Eriksson, Peter Månsson, Lina Eriksson, Bill Hughes


Draw Song Regional juries Televoting Total Place
Cork Limerick Galway Sligo Dublin Total
1 "Mistaken" 4 4 4 4 4 20 30 50 5
2 "Mercy" 8 8 12 6 10 44 40 84 3
3 "Here I Am" 10 10 6 12 6 44 50 94 2
4 "Language Of Love" 6 6 10 8 8 38 20 58 4
5 "Waterline" 12 12 8 10 12 54 60 114 1

At Eurovision[edit]

During the Semi-Final Allocation draw which was held on 25 January 2012, it was announced Ireland was scheduled to compete on the second half of the first semi-final on 22 May.[7] On 20 March 2012 the Running Order draw was held, which determined the order of which the participants performed. Ireland performed 18th, the very last of the first semi-final, having been given the chance to choose their position after winning a wildcard in the draw.[8] After performing at the first semi-final on 22 May, Jedward made it to the top ten and qualified for the final on Saturday 26 May; they performed in the 23rd position and won 46 points, giving them a rank of 19th in the competition.

Split results[edit]

  • In the Semi-final 1 Ireland came 6th with 92 points points: the public awarded Ireland 4th place with 116 points and the jury awarded 10th place with 72 points.[9]
  • In the Final Ireland came 19th with 46 points: the public awarded Ireland 10th place with 89 points and the jury awarded 25th place with 14 points.[9]

Points Awarded by Ireland[edit]

Jury points awarded by Ireland[edit]

Points Awarded to Ireland (First Semi-Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
  • In the semi-final Ireland finished 6th with 97 points when the public gave them 4th with 116 points but the jury gave 10th with 72 points.
  • In the final Ireland finished 19th with 46 points when the public gave them 10th with 89 points but the jury gave 25th with 14 points.
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[edit]


  1. ^ "RTÉ confirms plans for 2012; Jedward to return!". ESC Daily. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Eurovision selection process announced". RTÉ Ten. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Mooney premiere for Eurovision hopefuls". RTÉ Ten. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2012". RTÉ. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  5. ^ Busa, Alexandru (28 October 2011). "Jedward to represent Ireland in Baku?". Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  6. ^ Busa, Alexandru (5 January 2012). "Donna McCaul enters Eurosong 2012". Archived from the original on 9 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  7. ^ Hondal, Victor. "Insignia exchange and semifinal allocation draw". Archived from the original on 28 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Results of the 2012 Running Order draw revealed!". Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  9. ^ a b Siim, Jarmo (18 June 2012). "Eurovision 2012 split jury-televote results revealed".