Tuesday 27 June 2017

The curious case of Eurovision and the missing luggage

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
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
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Eurovision hopeful Brendan Murray and the Irish delegation have touched down safely in Kiev, but several pieces of their luggage have failed to make it to the Ukrainian capital.

RTÉ's head of delegation Michael Kealy and lead backing vocalist Graham Kelly have lost their suitcases.

Hopefully the bags weren't carrying the Eurovision essentials - such as body glitter and 'I heart Johnny Logan' banners. "They lost their luggage on the way over, which is a real shame," Eurovision hopeful Murray said.

Still, not as bad as the Icelandic delegation, which misplaced 42 pieces of luggage en route to the Ukraine.

The last time Ireland won the Eurovision was in 1996, with Eimear Quinn's 'The Voice'.

Murray (20) was born the same year and hopes this is a good omen as he tries his luck with 'Dying to Try'.

He faces stiff competition from the frontrunners - Sweden's Robin Bengtsson and Italy's Francesco Gabbani.

Today, Murray will attend rehearsals and explore the city.

Murray's mentor Louis Walsh says he is "confident" he will make it out of the semi-finals next week.

Irish Independent

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