Sunday 20 August 2017

Brendan Murray channels Johnny Logan with wind machine, white shirt and a few bars of Hold Me Now ahead of Eurovision

Ireland's Eurovision entrant Brendan Murray, Eurovision Photo: Andres Putting
Ireland's Eurovision entrant Brendan Murray, Eurovision Photo: Andres Putting
Ireland's Johnny Logan winning the Eurovision Song Contest in The Hague, 19th April 1980, with his song 'What's Another Year?'. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Brendan Murray, Eurovision Photo: Andres Putting
Brendan Murray, Eurovision Photo: Andres Putting
Brendan Murray, Eurovision Photo: Andres Putting
Brendan Murray, Eurovision Photo: Andres Putting
Brendan Murray, Eurovision first rehearsal. PIC: Andres Putting
Brendan Murray, Eurovision Photo: Andres Putting
Brendan Murray, Eurovision Photo: Andres Putting
Brendan Murray. Photo: Thomas Hanses
Brendan Murray. Photo: Thomas Hanses
Brendan Murray, Eurovision first rehearsal
Brendan Murray with backing vocalists Graham Kelly, Margot Daly, Julian Edwards, Alison Vard-Miller and Shane McDaid before setting off for Kiev. Photo: Andres Poveda
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He's not unlike the baby-faced Johnny Logan who won Eurovision in 1980, and Brendan Murray certainly seems to be channeling a little Logan as he gears up for this year's contest in Kiev.

On Tuesday the 20 year old former Hometown star treated fans to a few bars of Logan's 1987 winning entry, Hold Me Now, during an interview with wiwibloggs.

And during his first rehearsal he went the white shirt and wind machine route as the spectacular staging - complete with hot air balloon - was revealed for the first time.

Explaining his rehearsal look, he said, "Louis Walsh said to me he wanted me to look kind of innocent, like a lost boy, so I think I'm only 20, I have to look 20."

Of the wind machine, he added, "It left me wide open!  It was great.  I didn't know what to expect at first - I've never been in front of a wind machine before while singing, but it felt cool.  It felt breezy."

He first saw the staging himself on Tuesday and says he was "blown away".

"When I first saw it there was some guy standing in for me and I was like, 'I'm going to do that better!'" he laughed.

During the interview the fact he has "doubled in size" since his time in Hometown was raised and he admitted he's been going to the gym.

"It's to look good for all the women!" he joked.

See him sing Hold Me Now about 4:45 in below:

Brendan was born in 1996, the last year Ireland won (with Eimear Quinn and The Voice) and during the press conference on Tuesday he said he hoped this was an "omen" for him this year.

He'll perform his song Dying to Try in the second semi-final on May 11 in the hopes of making the May 13 final.  If he does he'll be the first act to do since Ryan Dolan in 2013.

Brendan's song was written by Swedish songwriter Jorgen Eloffsen and the singer's odds currently stand at 40/1 to win.

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