Has Louis Walsh picked Ireland’s Eurovision 2017 singer — and is it Brendan Murray?

He only finished filming the X Factor on Sunday. But, if a report in the Irish Mirror is anything to go by, then music mogul Louis Walsh is already working on his next big project — and it involves the Eurovision Song Contest.

Citing unnamed sources, the tabloid claims that Irish broadcaster RTE has asked Louis to pick the country’s Eurovision 2017 singer. Even more titillating: The paper claims he will reveal the artist this evening on The Late Late Show, the scene of so many national selection blunders.

Following Nicky Byrne’s dismal performance in Stockholm, RTE have reportedly turned to Louis for his pop music knowhow, which remains current despite his many decades in the business.

The source said: “Louis was approached several months ago by RTE and asked would he be interested in guiding Ireland through next year’s song contest.”

“Obviously he has a huge wealth of knowledge and experience. It was a no-brainer to see if he would do it and when he said yes it was a big boost for Team Ireland.”

He will reportedly reveal a male singer. In the past talk has revolved around Irish country music star Nathan Carter. But who else could it be?

Hometown singer Brendan Murray for Eurovision 2017?

Louis has worked with plenty of guys in the past, and the now defunct boy band Hometown immediately pops into our head.

Consisting of Josh Grey, Dean Gibbons, Brendan Murray, Cian Morrin, Dayl Cronin and Ryan McLoughlin, they are one of the latest acts to emerge from the Louis Walsh pop factory.

Following their official launch on Ireland’s biggest chat show in May 2014 they knocked Ed Sheeran off the number one spot with their debut single “Where I Belong” and stole the hearts of Ireland’s teeny boppers.

With Walsh’s know-how and experience – he’s responsible for Westlife, Boyzone, Linda Martin, Johnny Logan and Jedward – and cheek bones to die for, they proved extremely popular. Oh, and their singing wasn’t too bad either – think the Vamps via One Direction’s stylists.

Of all the members, Brendan Murray really stood out to us — and it seems he stood out to Louis Walsh as well, as the young singer was recently spotted at the X Factor final in London, suggesting he and Louis have remained on very good terms indeed.

In fact, Louis appears to have taken Brendan backstage to meet fellow X Factor judge Nicole Sherzinger.

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What do you think? If the report about Louis Walsh is true, is it a wise move? And separate to this, would an ex-member of Hometown be a good pick for Eurovision? Let us know in the comments box below.

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