Brooke: “Eurovision will be a learning curve”

by James Hendicott
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Ireland’s Eurovision entry for this year, Brooke, is hoping to launch her track ‘That’s Rich’ through this year’s competition and to make strides in her burgeoning music career in the process. The Derry native won what’s become a traditional Late Late Show contest to reach the main event in Turin, and has singled out qualifying for the final as a primary aim, something Ireland hasn’t achieved since Jedward a decade ago.

“I was never nervous before” Brooke says of her appearances on The Voice in the past. “I think that was because it was other people’s music. This is my own song, I’m the creative director of the whole thing, I designed the costume. That adds an extra level of fear for me. Of course it’s a different level, too, compared to anything I’ve ever done. In The Voice I only performed to an audience of about 400 people, and the Late Late was 200 people. This is a stadium in front of 200 million, so it’ll be a learning curve.”

“I was reading and fascinated by Debbie Harry and by 80s music in general,” Brooke says of the background to ‘That’s Rich’. “My parents love 80s music so I grew up seeing Blondie, Genesis, Mike and the Mechanics, I just love that stuff. I wanted to emulate them, something timeless, music never ages in my opinion.”

“It’s an experiment really, ‘That’s Rich’ is the first song I ever wrote, I wanted to create something fun. Songwriting can be very invasive and personal. I was in a lot of ‘situationships’, never anything substantial, at the time, and I thought it would be easier to write about them all together than to write about one thing. So it’s about this energy being wasted, and the sound is very inspired by Blondie.”

“I’d never written a song before and it wasn’t done for Eurovision. It was a learning thing, really. For me, the people that I want to see are performers, not just artists. I want to see a show, so I try to be a performer, too. Every time I write music, I visualise what it’ll look like when I perform it.”

“It’s going to look very sleek, lots of playing with the camera and my dancers. It’s going to be energetic, chaotic, and colourful. Getting into the final is my goal. I think that would do so much for me as an artist. I actually never knew there was a semi-final.”

“Getting to the final would give me so many opportunities. I’ve written several songs already that I actually think are better than ‘That’s Rich’. I hope people will be a bit more excited about my music, my videos, and I’ll have a bit of legitimacy. Getting to the final would create a huge amount of possibilities for me. I know what I have to release is good, so it’s about getting it out there.”

“Of the other entries, I love Albania. I’ve been spending time with Albania, Romania and Australia, and I love all their acts, they’re all very different.”

“I’m so nervous,” she says. “I can’t visualise the stage, what it’ll feel like to be on it… I know the performance is great as we’ve worked so hard on it, but it’s getting there, getting on the stage… It’ll be high octane with my dancers, and so thrilling. But I need to get there now and settle myself.”

Brooke Scullion will compete in Eurovision this week. The final, should she make it, will take place on Saturday night in Turin, Italy.

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