It’s the second year in a row that Ireland is not having a national final anymore. Therefore the Irish broadcaster has made an internal selection again. Ireland has not been very successful in the past years, no final in three successive years. Last year even Nicky Byrne could not change it, despite is popularity from the boy group Westlife. This year the choice felt to Brendan Murray, who is a former member of the boy band Hometown.
Brendan Murray was born in Tuam, county Galway (Western Ireland) in 1996. In early years he started with his guitar as a street musician. Later one he joined the boy group Hometown which was managed by Louis Walsh. The band had two number one hits in Ireland “Where I Belong” in 2014 and “Cry For Help” in 2015. Their debut album “Home Town” reached #4 in the Irish album charts. Last year the band split up for a creative break.
The choice of RTE for Brendan Murray was because of his extraordinary voice. The very soft and clear voice sounds very young, almost childish in a positive way. The composition of “Dying To Try” perfectly matches with Brendan’s gentle voice. When the Irish entry has been unveiled there has been a lot of criticism, even the big newspapers like the Irish Independent uttered their doubts “the song sounds like fall off a Westlife album”. Nevertheless, there is a Swedish composer responsible for this song: Jörgen Elofsson who also composed songs for Westlife, Celine Dion, Britney Spears and James Newman. The song is about love and trust in another person, there is no guarantee that love works, but it’s always worth to try. With this entry Ireland is back in the ballads with a great climax.
Unfortunately, there are quite a few ballads this year and those are sung by young men. So it all depends on the stage performance, if Brendan is able to reach the Grand Final.
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