Ireland in Eurovision 2017: Brendan Murray to compete in Kyiv

Published 30 Mar 06:57

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Out of the over 300 entries submitted for the Ireland Eurovision national selection, organised internally by the broadcaster RTE, Brendan Murray’s “Dying to Try” was chosen to fly the country’s flag in Kyiv. Brendan Murray is one of the most successful young Irish pop singers. He is best known as one of the six members of the former boyband Hometown.
A Few Interesting Facts About the Eurovision Ireland Contestant

Brendan Murray was born on 16 November 1996, in the Irish city of Galway. The 20-year-old singer has always dreamt of representing his country on a big European stage. Brendan is very proud of his selection for Eurovision 2017 and believes the song he will perform “Dying to Try” is perfect for him, as it manages to exhibit his full vocal range.

From Hometown Singer to Ireland Eurovision 2017 Representative
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While representing Ireland at Eurovision is the first big solo project of the artist, Brendan Murray has already achieved a great deal of fame as part of Hometown. Hometown was an Irish pop band which consisted of Murray and five other talented boys. While he sang with the group, Brendan had the opportunity of performing on many stages in Ireland and the UK. The band also supported the acts of popular bands and singers like The Vamps, Olly Murs or McBusted.

Brendan Murray sang with Hometown from 2014 until 2016, when the group disbanded. During this time, they had amazing success in Irish charts. The band’s first two singles, “Where I Belong” (2014) and “Cry for Help” (2015) peaked at number one on all charts. Released in November 2015, their debut album, “HomeTown”, occupied the fourth position in national charts, which is a huge accomplishment for a new band.

Brendan Murray Eurovision – Will “Dying to Try” Get Ireland into the Eurovision 2017 Final Countries?

The Brendan Murray Eurovision act will be performed on 11 May, in the second Kyiv semi-final. Murray’s entry, “Dying to Try”, is a modern power ballad which does a great job at showcasing the artist’s unique voice. The song was co-written by the famous Swedish composer Jörgen Elofsson, known for his collaborations with many world-class performers such as Westlife, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Leona Lewis, Jennifer Lopez, Geri Halliwell or Paloma Faith. Although Ireland didn’t have extraordinary results at the past few competitions, it remains the country with the biggest numbers of Eurovision wins, having placed first seven times.

Don’t miss out on Brendan Murray’s original live act at the second Eurovision 2017 semi-final. The artist’s unique voice and style might get Ireland its eighth win! To learn more about Murray and the other Eurovision 2017 contestants, read our other articles.

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