Friday 23 August 2019

Ireland's entrant for Eurovision 2017 has been revealed

Louis Walsh on the Late Late Show
Louis Walsh on the Late Late Show

Amy Mulvaney

Ireland's entrant for Eurovision 2017 has been revealed.

Brendan Murray will represent Ireland at the singing competition in Kiev, Ukraine, it was announced on The Late Late Show tonight.

Brendan has been a member of boy band Hometown since he was 17, and has toured the UK and Ireland with the band to support acts including Olly Murs, McBusted and The Vamps.

"I'm honoured and excited to be representing Ireland in Kiev in the biggest music competition in the world," said the Galway native.

"I'm really looking forward to it. I was born in 1996, the last time Ireland won, so I hope that will bring me luck! But most of all I'm really exited about finding a great song that I can take to the Eurovision stage and give it my all."

Brendan's manager Louis Walsh is now looking for the song that Brendan will perform, and has asked Irish songwriters to submit their work.

“Brendan is perfect for Eurovision, he has a distinctive voice and a look that I think will really appeal to audiences across Europe," said Louis.

"I want to find the best song for Brendan to perform on that Eurovision stage. I’m going to use my own contacts in the business and I want to hear songs from Irish songwriters or songwriters abroad until I find the best song. I won’t rest until I do!”

Louis, along with a panel appointed by RTÉ, will select the song, and it will be performed by Brendan on The Late Late Show in early 2017. The closing date for submissions is Monday January 16th.

Visit www.rte.ie/eurovision for more information.

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