Eurovision Song Contest 2017
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RTÉ have officially announced the song that will represent Ireland at the Eurovision song contest in Kyiv, Ukraine, later this year. The song, a ballad called ”Dying to Try” will be performed by singer and musician Brendan Murray, formerly of the boyband Hometown and originally from Tuam in Galway.

He is a member of boyband Hometown, which announced they were taking a break last December. Their hit singles included ”Cry For Help” and ”Where I Belong”. The song was co-written by Swedish song writer Jörgen Elofsson and British song writer James Newman and was chosen from over 320 entries by a judging panel of six industry professionals.

Murray was born in 1996 - the last year Ireland won the competition - so there is plenty of pressure on the young man, but it could also be a good omen. "I'll be someone's first Eurovision memory and I'm delighted to get the chance," he told RTÉ Entertainment. He said he knew it was the right song the first time the team heard it and laughed, "My Mam teared up when I showed it to her, so that's a good start."

Dying to Try is a big sweeping ballad with that all-important key change and Murray says it's about "taking a leap of faith and putting your trust in someone else" and comes with one simple message: "There's no guarantees that love will work but it's always nice to try." Although Murray says most of his early Eurovision memories feature First Holy Communions and Confirmations as "it always seemed to be on then", he's well-schooled on Ireland's Eurovision standard-bearers as his parents were big fans of Johnny Logan and Linda Martin.

Louis Walsh was involved in selecting this year's Eurovision entry. He is full of praise for Murray, who he describes as "an amazing singer". "His voice is so unique, I've never heard anyone like him before," Walsh enthused. The song and the singer are modern and contemporary and it's a perfect combination for this year's Eurovision in Kyiv," he added.

The music supremo was been involved in some form or other with almost half of Ireland's Eurovision winners throughout the 80s and 90s. He was also behind our best performing entry in over a decade with Jedward's ”Lipstick” in 2011.

So understandably hopes were raised that former Hometown member Brendan Murray could break the mediocre run of results his country experienced in the six years since the Lucan twins stormed into the top ten in Dusseldorf. Hopes were further raised when it was revealed Jörgen Elofsson - who penned many of Westlife's biggest hits - would be writing the song ”Dying to Try”.

Eurovision legend Johnny Logan said that “By appointing Louis to help select a song, RTE can put all of the resources available into the production of the act for the stage show in Kiev and, of course, get the benefit of the many years of experience Louis has.”

The first Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final takes place on May 9 with Ireland in the second Semi-Final on May 11. The Grand Final is on May 13.

Will Ireland qualify for the final in Eurovision Song Contest 2017?

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Will Ireland finish in the top 10 in Eurovision Song Contest 2017?

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Ireland's finishing position in Eurovision Song Contest 2017?

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Which country will Ireland award 12 points to in the final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017?

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Which of the named nations will score the most points in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017?

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