Eurovoix.com understands that just three songs are left in the running for Brendan Murray to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv.
RTE have shortlisted three songs for Brendan Murray to perform for Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Eurovoix.com understands that the decision to select the three songs which are now in the running for Kyiv, was taken earlier this week. A total of 330 songs were submitted to compete in the Irish selection process, with interest from a number of large names within the music industry.
Brendan Murray was selected by Louis Walsh to represent Ireland at next years contest, in consultation with RTE. Brendan is a former member of the boy band Hometown, the group was formed in 2014 and to date has had two number one singles within Ireland. While Louis Walsh is a well-known Irish music manager as well as a former judge of the X Factor in the United Kingdom. Over the years he has managed Westlife, Jedward and Union J.
In a tweet earlier this week which has since been deleted a couple of hours later, the Irish entrant revealed that he will be heading to Stockholm this week. While in Stockholm he would be working with a “world famous producer” on new music. The tweet has led to speculation that Ireland had selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 and that Brendan is travelling to Sweden to work on the song.
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Ireland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and is currently the most successful country to have participated in the contest, winning a total of seven times. During the 1990s Ireland was a powerhouse in the contest becoming the first country to win three years in a row from 1991 to 1994. Since 2000 Ireland has struggled in the contest having qualified from the semi-final into the final just five out of a possible 12 times. Ireland’s best result of the 2000s came in 2011 when Jedward finished 8th in Dusseldorf.