IRELAND'S Eurovision hopeful Ryan Dolan said the support from his parish priest helped him power his way through to Saturday's final.
The Tyrone singer was celebrating today after securing the votes needed to progress through last night's first semi- final.
Ryan and his team of backing singers and dancers got the votes needed after a spectacular performance of Only Love Survives.
And he revealed that he was carrying a holy medal while on stage – given to him by the parish priest of Strabane, Fr Declan Boland.
"He gave me a holy medal and I had it in my pocket the whole time. I've been given great support from back home," the 27-year-old singer told RTE's Morning Ireland.
"It was a brilliant night, I'm so happy that we got through. That was what I was most nervous about – just getting through the semi-final. I can relax now that we're through. It's amazing," he added.
Ryan urged the Irish public – including non Eurovision fans – to get behind him during Saturday's final.
"Last night was a great show and the final's going to be even better. I think everybody should get behind their home country and give us a bit of support."
Bookmaker Paddy Power today slashed Ireland's odds to 20/1 – placing us as sixth favourite for the competition. But Denmark is still the country to beat and is odds on to be crowned Eurovision champions.
Meanwhile, a large crowd turned up at the well-known Dublin pub The George last night to cheer on Ryan.