WATCH: Open call for Irish Eurovision entries for 2018

Are you Dying to Try your hand at the contest?

WATCH: Open call for Irish Eurovision entries for 2018

Brendan Murray performs in Kiev | Image: Andres Putting

Have you got that joie de vivre or that douze points feeling?

Your country may need you for Ireland's next Eurovision entry.

A call for submissions of songs has been opened by RTÉ for the 2018 contest in Lisbon.

The broadcaster is inviting songwriters and performers to submit a song to be considered to represent Ireland next May.

Ireland has had mixed fortunes in the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years.

While we have won the competition more times than any other country - seven in total - Ireland has failed to qualify since 2013.

Hoping to change this, RTÉ held a Eurovision forum last month inviting music industry professionals and Eurovision fans to discuss current trends in the competition.

Head of Irish delegation Michael Kealy said: "Following our Eurovision forum in August, which was attended by both music Industry professionals and Eurovision fans, we are now reaching out to the professional music industry in Ireland to get involved in the biggest professional music event in the world."

Brendan Murray was Ireland's 2017 entry | Image: eurovision.tv 

Having tried different selection procedures over the years, 2018 will see Ireland looking to those in the music industry.

"As well as publicly inviting submissions, we are actively engaging with professionals in the music industry to ensure that we find the best entry to represent us this year.

Only songs that have been released or publicly performed after September 1st 2017 are eligible to be entered.

The closing date for submissions is 6.00pm CET on Monday November 6th 2017.

Take a look back at Ireland's top 10 entries through the years: