Ryan optimistic for the future despite Eurovision last place
DENMARK has won the 2013 Eurovision song contest in Malmo, however Ireland's Ryan Dolan remains upbeat about the future despite finishing last.
Denmark, Norway and Ukraine were the three favourites in the run up to tonight’s final.
Speaking after the result he said: "Unfortunately luck just wasn’t on our side tonight, but I feel I gave it my best shot and I had an amazing team behind me every step of the way.
"I want to thank Leanne, Alison, Nicky, Colm and Alan for being such a brilliant team. I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time in Malmo with them.
"I'll be a bit sad to fly home tomorrow - I'm sure next week will be a major anti climax.
"A huge thanks to my mentor Stuart O’ Connor, Linda Martin, Terry our sound engineer, Martina Byrne the make up artist, my manager Conor Mulhall, choreographer Ciaran Keating, Tina Verbeke our vocal coach, Wez Devine who co-wrote the song with me, Head of Delegation Michael Kealy and the RTÉ team – Marty, Grainne and Rayna.
"I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone! Thanks to my parents, family, friends and neighbours for all the well wishes. It’s been a life changing experience for me and I want to thank everyone who’s helped and supported me along the way.”
The show was opened with a flag ceremony featuring a track penned by Benny and Bjorn from Abba as well as an interval performance from last year’s winner Loreen.
Ryan and the rest of the Irish team are expected back in Dublin tomorrow evening, after two weeks spent in Malmo for rehearsals.
Nicky Byrne presented the Irish votes, with the combined Irish jury and public vote awarding 12 points to Denmark.