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‘I’ve Eurosong fever Ted’ – Ryan Dolan’s parish priest flies in to support Eurovision hopeful

SOME are hoping for support from neighbouring countries, others are hoping the juries will help them through – however Ireland’s Eurovision representative Ryan Dolan has God on his side.

The Tyrone native (27) takes to the stage in Malmo tonight as Ireland take part in the first Semi Final of this year’s Eurovison.

Dolan revealed this morning that his local Parish Priest, Fr Declan Boland from Strabane, has flown to Malmo to support him in his bid for glory.

The singer also revealed that he will be wearing a medal blessed by the Priest inside the pocket of his stage outfit tonight.

"The day before I came Fr Boland came up to the house and gave me the medal which I’m going to wear inside my costume."

The singer is confident ahead of tonight’s performance – he got the loudest cheer of the night after Denmark at the sold out jury show last night.

Meanwhile his mentor and the stage show’s choreographer Stuart O’Connor revealed they are still tweaking the performance behind the scenes.

"The organisers have been fantastic, we just sent them an email this morning with one of two small things we’d liked tweaked.

"It’s just things like lighting and graphics that although people may not notice, they also hear with their eyes to a certain extent, so it’s very important", he told the Irish Independent this morning.

Ireland takes part in the first semi final of the 2013 Eurovision song contest tonight at 8pm.

Online Editors