IRELAND’S ENTRY INTO this year’s Eurovision has been released.
RTÉ has announced that Brendan Murray will perform the ballad Dying To Try at the song contest in Kiev in Ukraine this May.
The ballad was co-written by Swedish Grammy-nominated songwriter Jörgen Elofsson and British songwriter James Newman. The song was chosen from over 320 entries by a judging panel of six industry professionals. Elofsson has written hits for Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Westlife.
Murray, from Tuam in Co Galway, is a member of Louis Walsh’s boyband Hometown. He said he’s “very proud and honoured” to be representing Ireland at the Eurovision.
“When I first heard Dying To Try I instantly fell in love with it and knew it was the perfect song for me. I couldn’t wait to get into the studio to record it. My mam teared up the first time she heard it so that was a good start,” he said.
Walsh said Dying To Try “really stood out from the other songs that were entered by songwriters from all over the world”.
I chose Brendan Murray because he is an amazing singer and his voice is so unique, I’ve never heard anyone like him before. The song and the singer are modern and contemporary and it’s a perfect combination for this years Eurovision in Kiev. Ireland hasn’t won Eurovision since 1996, which is the same year that Brendan was born so perhaps that’s a lucky omen.
As is a Eurovision tradition here, Brendan will perform the song on the Late Late Show in late April.