In December, he became one of the first confirmed artists for Eurovision 2017. And today, almost three months later, Brendan Murray has finally released the song he’ll sing for Ireland in Kyiv, “Dying to Try”
Brendan Murray — “Dying to Try” (Official music video)
Brendan had a low-key reveal this morning on Nicky Byrne’s radio show. The song, co-written by Swedish writer Jorgen Elofsson, is along the lines of a traditional mid-tempo ballad — but has some real flairs that make it stand out.
With the introduction of a choir and a key change towards the climax of the song, there’s some great elements here which could pop on stage. Brendan’s vocal has the chance to stun as well if he pulls it off live. This could be Ireland’s best chance to break their bad form in some time!
Who is Brendan Murray?
Brendan Murray is a 20-year-old singer, originally from Galway in Ireland. He came to fame as a member of six-piece Irish boyband HomeTown, which made its debut under Louis Walsh’s guidance in May 2014.
HomeTown had two No.1 singles in Ireland — their debut single “Where I Belong” and follow-up single “Cry for Help”. They toured extensively and had support gigs for artists such as Olly Murs and the Vamps.
Late last year, the group announced that they were going on hiatus in order to take a break from the boy band life and pursue solo projects.
Ireland at Eurovision 2017
While Ireland is well known for its seven Eurovision victories — including a 1990s dream run of four wins in five years — its recent entries haven’t been as successful.
In the past decade, Jedward have given Ireland its best results, placing eighth in 2011 and 19th in 2012. Ireland has otherwise placed last in the grand final twice and failed to qualify for the final five times.
In 2016, broadcaster RTÉ took a break from the usual Eurosong national final and internally selected former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne. His upbeat song “Sunlight” wasn’t a hit with viewers, and only placed 15th in its semi-final.
Undeterred by the Stockholm result, RTÉ opted to take a similar approach for Kyiv. But this time they left everything in the hands of music mogul and X Factor judge Louis Walsh.
He handpicked Brendan Murray and, after an open call for submissions, selected the song with the assistance of an expert panel.
Johnny Logan criticises Ireland’s Eurovision efforts
In February, Johnny Logan — Ireland’s most successful Eurovision star — hit out at the Irish selection process for Kyiv, branding it “cheap and nasty”.
His comments came after Walsh said he’d love for Johnny to write Brendan’s entry.
“I like Louis but he knows I would never have anything to do with our Eurovision entry the way it’s currently being done by RTÉ. Because at the moment, it’s cheap and nasty — that’s how it seems to me.”
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