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Ryan heads to Malmo, determined to bring back Eurovision glory days


Irish Eurovision contestant Ryan Dolan

Irish Eurovision contestant Ryan Dolan

Irish Eurovision contestant Ryan Dolan

CAMP dance routines, questionable on stage ensembles and tactical voting – the Eurovision song contest is just around the corner.

And yesterday, Ireland's hopeful Ryan Dolan (27) jetted off to Malmo, Sweden, ahead of the semi-finals next week.

The Tyrone man is hoping he can bring Ireland back to her Eurovision glory days.

Forget Rihanna or Queen Bey, this was a time when Linda Martin, Niamh Kavanagh and Eimear Quinn were considered pop royalty.

And with a little bit of luck Ryan could join their ranks. "I am thrilled to be representing Ireland in the Eurovision," he said.

"I've always been a fan. My favourite Eurovision memories would be from the 1990s when Ireland won three years in a row.

"I'm going to do my best to bring it back to Ireland. I know a lot of people talk about geographical voting but I think the best act always usually wins in the end."

Eurovision veteran Linda has been giving Ryan plenty of tips on how to win over the European crowds and will be travelling over with him.

"Linda has been great to me over the last few months. She has really helped my confidence and my performance," he said.

On May 14, Ryan will perform his song Only Love Survives and is bringing his extended family and friends over with him.

"My family and friends are just as excited as me, especially my mum and dad. There are about 30 family and friends travelling over."