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Ireland: Brendan Murray Reveals His Backing Singers For Kyiv

Brendan Murray has revealed the five backing singers who will travelling with him to the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.

This evening the five backing singers who will be travelling to Ireland to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 have been announced. The five backing singers include three male singer and two female singers. Both of the female backing singers have previous experience at the contest, including one who has won the contest. Joining Brendan in Ukraine are:

  • Alison Vard Miller – Backing singer for Ryan Dolan at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmo
  • Graham Kelly
  • Jules Edwards
  • Margot Daly – Backing singer for Linda Martin at the Eurovision Song Contest 1992 in Malmo
  • Shane McDaid

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.

Brendan will be performing the song “Dying To Try” which beat off competition from around 330 songs to take to the stage in Ukraine. The country is aiming to return to the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 2013.

Source: Brendan Murray

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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.
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