Linda Martin told us that he would have five backing singers in Kyiv. And on Wednesday, Ireland’s Brendan Murray revealed their identities.
Taking to Instagram, the “Dying To Try” crooner teased fans with a backstage shot of the quintet, writing:
I’m Delighted to have these guys singing backing vocals for me in Kyiv for Ireland over the next 2 weeks at @eurovision ! Gunna be amazing @grahamkellyy @julesdedwards @shanemcdaid @alisonvardmiller @margot.daly
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Brendan Murray backing vocalists Eurovision 2017
I'm Delighted to have these guys singing backing vocals for me in Kyiv for Ireland over the next 2 weeks at @eurovision ! Gunna be amazing [email protected] @julesdedwards @shanemcdaid @alisonvardmiller @margot.daly #dyingtotry #ireland #celebratediversity #eurovision2017 #esc #eurovisionsongcontest #irish #backingvocals #music #singing
The soon-to-be moderately famous five consists of three males and two females. They are Graham Kelly, Jules Edwards, Shane McDaid, Alison Vard Miller and Margot Daly. While none of them are household names in Ireland, they all come with plenty of experience.
Shane McDaid is an actor, Alison Vard Miller runs her own stage school, Margot Daly provided backing vocals on The Voice of Ireland, and Jules Edwards has worked on touring productions of Calamity Jane and Sister Act. Alison and Margot are Eurovision veterans, having also provided backing for Ireland in 2013 and 1992 respectively.
All five were handpicked by Eurovision 1992 winner Linda Martin. Speaking to us at the Eurovision Conference in Maynooth, she explained her vision:
I’ve got five backing singers going with Brendan because I was asked to pick them. I’ve got five big voices going with him. They provide a gospel type choir in the background.
She also confirmed that Nicoline Refsing will oversee Ireland’s staging. The in-demand stage director previously worked with Dami Im, Aminata and Francesca Michielin — to name just three.
Staging is being done by Nicoline who staged Australia last year… That’s going to be quite spectacular. And RTÉ are actually spending money!
The “Why Me” songstress is hopeful that Brendan can bring Ireland’s non-qualification streak to an end. And she’s not the only one who’s excited.
The ex-boybander’s social media profiles are awash with comments from well wishers. One Spanish Eurofan, named Manel Navarro, writes “Cant wait to see you killing it man”. Ditto!
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