Ryan puts on faultless Eurovision show ahead of semi-final
IRELAND'S Ryan Dolan has given a faultless performance for the Eurovision juries ahead of tonight's semi-final.
The singer (27) has been in Malmo for the last week rehearsing ahead of tonight's first semi-final.
The contest is taking place in Sweden for the fifth time and in Malmo for the second – on the first occasion in 1992 Ireland's Linda Martin won, with the 'Why Me' singer in the city this week to support Dolan.
Dolan told the Irish Independent ahead of the jury performance last night: "It's really important, as it gives us half of the overall points. But I'm just looking forward to getting out there and enjoying it. To perform it to a full arena audience, there'll be an amazing vibe," he said.
The singer from Strabane, Co Tyrone, has admitted he was slightly overwhelmed by the scale of the contest when he first arrived.
"I never realised how massive the Eurovision is," he said.
"Sitting watching it at home you just see the few nights it's on. But there's a lot more to it when you're over here. A hectic schedule going from place to place and doing different things".
Dolan hopes to make Ireland one of 10 countries from 16 which will qualify tonight for Saturday's final.
The competition is tough, with many of the bookies' favourites taking to the stage against him tonight – Denmark, Ukraine and Russia have all been heavily backed to win.
However, there is quiet confidence that Ireland will make it through to the grand final, which is watched by over 120 million people.